Over the past year, the ALPS Dividend Dogs ETF (NYSE: SDOG – $43.02) has performed quite well and provided conservative income investors with a yield of 3.4%. The fund seeks to replicate, as closely as possible, the performance of the S-Network Sector Dividend Dogs Index, which consists of about 50 stocks that must be constituents of the S&P 500 Index and offer the highest dividend yields. Therefore, the fund is not expected to outperform the market, but to provide relatively safe and steady dividend income. Over the past fifty-two weeks, the fund has provided a total return of about 7%. Currently, the ALPS Sector Dividend Dogs exchange traded fund is comprised of the following top ten stocks in its portfolio of 49 and is diversified by industry sector as follows:
For those investors willing to sacrifice capital gains for safety and income, the shares can continue to be held.