Small-caps have been on a tear in Q2 clearly outperforming its larger counterparts. President Trump’s protectionist agenda and the resultant trade war fears started weighing on large-cap stocks that have considerable international exposure. And the domestically focused pint-sized stocks soared
In additions to trade tensions, there were some other factors that played their roles in pushing pint-sized stocks higher. The U.S. economy has been on steady ground. This gave a boost to small-cap equities. Apart from this, upbeat earnings sent small caps rallying in recent times.
And what could be better than a high dividend feature attached to this segment? The fund yields about 20.45% annually.
The UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged US Small Cap High Dividend ETN (SMHD) is linked to the monthly compounded 2x leveraged performance of the Solactive US Small Cap High Dividend Index, less investor fees.
This is a relatively new ETN released in late 2018. It does carry risk being in the small cap area, being leveraged and with such a high yield. However, it can offer diversification to a high yield portfolio especially since it tracks small caps that usually don’t produce yield. It is trading 30% below its stock price high for the year.
Leveraged ETNs have interest-rate risk since they implicitly borrow at short-term interest rates to finance their leverage. A significant part of their high dividends results from the carry that is generated when the dividends paid by the securities in the indices upon which the ETNs are based exceed the implicit borrowing rate. While typically called dividends, the payments from ETNs are technically distributions of interest payments on the ETN note based on the dividends paid by the underlying securities that comprise the index, pursuant to the terms of the indenture.
As with all investments, you should be conservative with the total percent of your portfolio allocated to high risk. I like to have a few high yield stocks rounding out my monthly income plan. SMHD is in my personal portfolio as I believe the dividend is sustainable. Over time, the yield will compensate for the increased volatility and risk.
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