How Does NOBL Compare To Others In This Category; SDY, VIG And WDIV?

Matt Thalman - Contributor - ETFs

Today I would like to answer a question posed by you, a reader. A few weeks ago I mentioned one of my favorite ETF's the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (PACF:NOBL) and a reader named jab commented on the article and asked a question. Jab said,

"Thanks for the info on NOBL. Wasn't familiar with the term/category "dividend aristocrats." How does NOBL compare to others in this category like SDY, VIG, and WDIV?"

So, I would like to take some time and answer this question and give a little more detail on the different metrics I look for when trying to find the best ETF's to invest in when comparing similar category ETFs.

The four different ETF's we will be comparing today are the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF, the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (PACF:SDY), the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index Fund (PACF:VIG), and the SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF (PACF:WDIV). So, let's get to it. Continue reading "How Does NOBL Compare To Others In This Category; SDY, VIG And WDIV?"

How To React When The World Is Coming To An End

Matt Thalman - Contributor - ETFs

Just a few weeks ago it would have appeared the world was on the brink of another major financial crash; tensions in Europe and concerns about Greece leaving the Euro were increasing, China's stock market was crashing, and it appeared Puerto Rico would not be able to pay its debts, just to name the big concerns bringing fear to the world financial markets.

Well, fast forward to today and for the most part those concerns have all but dissipated; it would seem Greece and the rest of Europe have come to some sort of agreement at least for the time being, China's government stepped in and put policies in place to attempt to stop its market from crashing, and Puerto Rico has paid most of its debt's and even though it defaulted on one, the market hasn't seemed to care. The major indexes are again nearing all-time highs. The S&P 500 is above 2,120 and the Dow Jones is at about 18,100.

Again this was another great example of why when the world seems to be falling apart and others are panicking, the best reaction is to stay calm and continue trudging on. Anytime we go through this sort of situation, I always go back to my favorite Warren Buffett "Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." Continue reading "How To React When The World Is Coming To An End"