Experts are Focused on this Undiscovered Dividend ETF

Discover what makes this quality dividend ETF different and what the pros like about it.

You likely have never heard of the SmartETFs Dividend Builder Fund (NYSE: DIVS), but it is understandably getting attention from some industry experts. The Mutual Fund Observer believes the “SmartETFs Dividend Builder represents a very smart strategy.” recently wrote “DIVS: The focus on elite, high quality dividend growth stocks make this ETF great for all investment portfolios.”

And yes, Morningstar rates DIVS as a Five Star Fund. As of May 31, 2023, DIVS was rated 5 stars out of 341 funds in the Global Large-Stock Blend category.

What makes DIVS so special?  It’s the focus on quality. But what does quality mean and don’t most dividend funds focus on quality?

The managers of DIVS have a very strict definition of quality which they apply rigorously. The process starts with an examination of the last 10 years of cash flow. To be eligible for inclusion in DIVS, a company must produce a high return on capital for every year of the previous ten years. Less than 5% of companies achieve this consistently high return on capital. Next, companies must have low levels of debt and ideally be trading at a discount to their intrinsic or historical value based on key valuation metrics.

While other dividend ETFs and funds may prioritize quality, their definition of quality may not involve such a strict process or may define quality as historical dividend growth, which may or may not be a good indicator of current business prospects.

This investment process has worked well for DIVS; the Dividend Builder ETF has an exceptional long-term track record stretching back over a decade. How good is the track record? Good enough to get the attention of some well-known industry experts and to achieve a Five Star rating. But investors are encouraged to compare their favorite dividend fund to DIVS and learn for themselves just how great DIVS is.

We invite you to learn more about DIVS and compare it to your favorite dividend fund.

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Cash Flow is the net amount of cash and cash equivalents being transferred in and out of a company.

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Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The Fund invests in securities that pay dividends, and there is no guarantee that the securities held by the Fund will declare or pay dividends in the future, or that dividends will remain at current levels or increase. Investments in foreign securities involve greater volatility, political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. These risks are greater for emerging markets countries. For more information on the risks of investing in this Fund, please see the prospectus.

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