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WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund surpasses USD1bn in assets


The WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund (DES), an exchange-traded fund that tracks the performance of the small-capitalisation segment of the US dividend-paying market, has surpassed USD1bn in assets.

Luciano Siracusano, WisdomTree chief investment strategist, says: "By weighting the US, small cap market by the dividends companies pay, WisdomTree has been able to create a potential source of income for investors looking for alternatives in today's low-interest rate environment."
The underlying WisdomTree Index for DES measures the performance of the small-capitalisation segment of the US dividend-paying market, and includes more than 600 companies with a combined market capitalisation of more than USD600bn.
The index selects stocks from a universe of approximately 1,300 dividend-paying securities based on their market capitalisation, and then weights each constituent annually to reflect the proportionate share of the aggregate cash dividends each component company pays to shareholders, based on its most recently declared dividend per share.
"There are a variety of dividend focused funds and investment strategies, but we believe DES provides the broadest exposure to the small cap segment of the US dividend-paying market. For investors looking for potential dividend income in a portfolio, we believe DES could serve as a core exposure to the US small cap asset class," Siracusano says. 

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