Investors generally choose dividend aristocrat ETFs due to their strength and quality. There are a number of ETFs that focus on the dividend aristocrat universe with dozens more that look for high quality dividends. With so many funds to choose from for income, it can become difficult to distinguish one from the other.
Dividend quality is likely to become a bigger theme in the near future. Earlier this year, Fitch worsened its outlook for corporate debt defaults. It lifted its default rate forecast on high yield debt to 6% by the end of 2016, while saying that defaults in the energy sector could approach 20%. While the default rate on corporate debt doesn't directly correlate to dividend quality, it does suggest that the economic environment for income seekers is beginning to become less stable.
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