This week certainly got started in unusual fashion for me, as I was nearly thrown out of bed on Sunday by the force of a 6.0 earthquake that rocked the Napa Valley. I was staying in that beautiful part of the country for the annual San Francisco MoneyShow, and this year Mother Nature made it quite memorable.
Being part of yet another earthquake (I’ve been through many in my life, living in Southern California) reminded me that you need to be prepared for natural disasters. Of course, you also have to be prepared for financial disasters, too, and knowing what’s happening in the markets right now is the first step to preparedness.
Now, since our last Weekly ETF Report, there hasn’t been much of a sense of disaster in the markets. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite, which actually is a worry in itself. Stocks powered higher, with U.S. stocks leading the global markets to new highs. The S&P 500 now trades at the psychologically significant 2,000 level, a clear indication that the fear factor in stocks just isn’t anywhere to be found.
While the gains in the U.S. market have been strong of late, the U.S. market is not one of my favorites for new money. In fact, during last week’s MoneyShow, I told attendees at one of my seminars about three exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that I really like right now.
So, if you didn’t have a chance to attend the MoneyShow, no problem. I am going to present three red-hot MoneyShow ETFs for you to check out right now.
WisdomTree Emerging Markets Small Cap Dividend ETF
This fund holds stocks in the emerging markets, a segment that I am really fond of right now. More importantly, the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Small Cap Dividend ETF (DGS) only holds small-cap companies from specific emerging market countries, and its focus is mostly on Asia.
One thing I also like about DGS is that despite the fact that it holds small-cap companies, the fund actually pays a pretty healthy dividend yield of 2.55%. In today’s environment, a 2.55% yield is nothing to sneer at. Moreover, DGS has seen a near-10% gain over the past six months, and the fund now trades above both the 50- and 200-day moving averages.
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