As investors search for higher yields in a low rate environment, small caps aren't typically high on the list of places to look. Those who want companies with lengthy histories of growing dividends might not consider small caps at all. It may be time to change the traditional way of thinking as not only are there small companies with a years-long history of growing their dividends, there are a fair number of them.
The ProShares Russell 2000 Dividend Growers ETF (NYSEARCA:SMDV)targets this subset of small caps that have grown their annual dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. As a whole, companies that have consistently grown their dividend have historically delivered superior long-term total returns. In its relatively short history, this fund has demonstrated that this outperformance isn't limited to just the big guys.
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