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WisdomTree launches Global SmallCap Dividend ETF


WisdomTree has launched the WisdomTree Global SmallCap Dividend Fund (GSD) on the BATS Exchange.

GSD seeks to provide exposure to dividend-paying, small-capitalisation companies in the US, developed and emerging markets and has an expense ratio of 0.43 per cent.
Global small-cap companies are leading the way across the globe. Global small caps have outperformed global large caps in major time periods for the past 20 years, providing excess returns that range from 1.41 per cent to 4.82 per cent, depending on the timeframe.
"Small-caps are a compelling asset class because they are typically the most sensitive to incremental changes in economic growth expectations—particularly in the region or country, in which they're located. GSD offers investors the opportunity to access a broad cross-section of global small-cap, dividend-paying companies with the potential to capture a higher level of income," says Jeremy Schwartz, WisdomTree Director of Research.
Dividend-paying equities have become an attractive alternative source of income not only because of the current dividends they provide, but also because of their potential for growth. However, very few dividend funds focus on global small-cap companies.
Schwartz adds: "When investors think of dividends, they tend to think of mature, large-cap companies, and as a result, they may wrongly overlook small-cap equities as a potential for income. However, many small-cap companies have proven business models with relatively stable earnings, and have the ability to pay out dividends to shareholders and grow them over time."

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