How Dividend Growers Could Provide a Smoother Ride
A Note about Risk: The value of investments in equity securities will fluctuate in response to general economic conditions and to changes in the prospects of particular companies and/or sectors in the economy. While growth stocks are subject to the daily ups and downs of the stock market, their long-term potential as well as their volatility can be substantial.
Small-cap and mid-cap company stocks tend to be more volatile and may be less liquid than large-cap company stocks. Small-cap companies also may have more limited product lines, markets, or financial resources and typically experience a higher risk of failure than large cap companies. Mid-cap companies typically experience a higher risk of failure than large cap companies.
Forecasts and projections are based on current market conditions and are subject to change without notice. Projections should not be considered a guarantee.
Dividends are not guaranteed and may be increased, decreased, or suspended altogether at the discretion of the issuing company.
Dividend growers are defined as companies in the S&P 500 Index or S&P 400 Index that paid a dividend and increased their yearly dividend payout for 10 consecutive years.
Dividend policy: A stock is classified as a dividend payer if it paid a cash dividend any time during the previous 12 months, a dividend grower if it initiated or raised its cash dividend at any time during the previous 12 months, and non-dividend payer if it did not pay a cash dividend at any time during the previous 12 months.
Downside capture: The downside capture ratio measures a manager’s performance in down markets relative to a particular benchmark. A down market is one in which the market’s quarterly (or monthly) return is less than zero. For example, a ratio of 50% means that the portfolio’s value fell half as much as its benchmark index during down markets.
Quality stocks: Equities with a track record of earnings and dividend growth are often characterized as high-quality. For example, independent research firm Standard & Poor’s assigns quality rankings to stocks on their 10-year history of earnings and dividend growth.
The Morningstar Large Blend Fund Category: Large-blend portfolios are fairly representative of the overall U.S. stock market in size, growth rates and price. Stocks in the top 70% of the capitalization of the U.S. equity market are defined as large cap. The blend style is assigned to portfolios where neither growth nor value characteristics predominate. These portfolios tend to invest across the spectrum of US industries, and owing to their broad exposure, the portfolios' returns are often similar to those of the S&P 500 Index.
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The Volatility Index, or VIX, is a real-time market index created by the Chicago Board Options Exchange that represents the market's expectation of 30-day forward-looking volatility. Derived from the price inputs of the S&P 500 index options, it provides a measure of market risk and investors' sentiments.
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