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WisdomTree launches Emerging Markets Dividend Growth Fund


Exchange-traded fund sponsor and asset manager WisdomTree has launched the WisdomTree Emerging Markets Dividend Growth Fund (DGRE) on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

DGRE is designed to provide exposure to dividend-paying stocks with growth characteristics in the emerging markets and has an expense ratio of 0.63 per cent.
Jeremy Schwartz, WisdomTree director of research, says: "While many dividend-focused indexes in emerging markets focus on yield and valuation, there is a dearth of options that focus on dividend growth. We believe that DGRE offers the investment flexibility to respond to dividend growth potential rather than historical dividend behaviour, aligning nicely with dividend behaviour of emerging market companies. And similar to our other dividend growth funds, we believe DGRE can provide access to some of the most attractive dividend growth opportunities available in the market.
"In contrast to many popular emerging markets equity strategies, DGRE has heavy exposure to the consumer sectors (staples and discretionary) – which tend to be more closely tied to the economic growth potential of domestic markets, as well as defensive sectors – which have historically lower volatility. Moreover, DGRE is underweight the ‘BRIC’ countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China – and holds some of its largest weights in the ‘MIT’ countries – Mexico, Indonesia and Thailand – again, which differs from traditional, comparable investments."

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