Dividend stocks are often featured in a flight to safety, so why not dividend exchange-traded funds?
With the ongoing threat of an emerging market meltdown, for example, there are some EM investment opportunities that offer dividends, said Tyler Mordy, co-chief investment officer at HAHN Investment Stewards.
"Look at an ETF like the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund [DEM], with a dividend yield of 4.3 percent," Mordy told CNBC's Bob Pisani at the Inside ETFs Conference, sponsored by ETF.com. The fund is investing in a diversified mix of emerging markets, including Russia, China and Eastern Europe.
The fund is down from last year but is a classic "buy low, sell high" play for investors looking to get back into emerging markets, Mordy said. And despite a less than stellar performance in 2013, DEM fared better than larger funds, including iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which fell 11.8 percent last year.
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