Monday, March 05, 2012

Risk On Trade Not Kind To Dividend Payers This Year

The dividend paying stocks in the S&P 500 Index have significantly lagged the performance of their non paying counterparts. The payers return in February and YTD have totaled 3.84% and 8.92% respectively. The non-payers on the other hand have generated February and YTD returns of 5.55% and 14.19% respectively.

From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors

One could say the market has been in a "risk on" mode this year and at least since the end of September last year. As we discussed this in our 4th Quarter Investor Letter the "risk on" "risk off" trade has been a common discussion item of late. Investors that desire to track the "risk on" and "risk off" cycles of the market are now able to follow the newly issued exchange traded notes with tickers "ONN" and "OFF". As the below charts show, these ETRACS notes came into existence in late 2011. Until the last few trading days, these indexes have shown the market has been mostly in a "risk on" mode. The question becomes whether the "risk off" trade exhibited over the last two to three trading days is one that will be sustained. If so, the dividend payers might regain some of the ground lost to the non-payers.

From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors

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