Alternative Sources of Income

dividends
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Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research
10/31/2012

Today, you have more investment choices than ever before. Yet when looking for income, particularly for income that hedges against inflation, most investors tend to gravitate to U.S. Treasuries and TIPS. While TIPS can provide inflation protection, I worry that those who rely solely on TIPS are doing themselves—and their portfolios—a disservice. Treasury yields are at historical lows. And when you consider inflation, they’re actually providing negative real yields. Investors focusing on TIPS as their sole source of inflation-hedging income • may not be able to keep up with inflation in the short or long term; • are giving up the chance to grow their principal investment; • may not be diversified enough. Now, I’m not trying to knock TIPS—they’re still considered one of the safest possible investments, and I understand why so many investors are drawn to them. I do, however, think that many investors should consider diversification into other income sources as well, and given that every investor faces his or her own unique situation, consulting a financial professional is worthwhile. Personally, I like dividend equities for a number of reasons. They • offer the potential to grow your income stream through dividend growth; • provide potential growth of principal through price appreciation; • have grown more than inflation over the long term;1 • may offer more downside protection than their non-dividend-paying counterparts. Plus, unique weighting methodologies may help you magnify the effects dividends can have on performance. However, a key distinction between equities and TIPS is that TIPS have their payments of interest and principal guaranteed by the U.S. government. Equities carry no such guarantee, so values of dividend payments as well as the level of principal can fluctuate. For more information on dividend equities and how to get the most out of them, read the Dividends of a Dividend Approach white paper.   Find out more about the WisdomTree approach to dividends.   1Source: http://www.econ.yale.edu/~shiller/data.htm

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Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research
Jeremy Schwartz has served as our Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research since November 2018 and leads WisdomTree’s investment strategy team in the construction of WisdomTree’s equity indexes, quantitative active strategies and multi-asset model portfolios. Mr. Schwartz joined WisdomTree in May 2005 as a Senior Analyst, adding to his responsibilities in February 2007 as Deputy Director of Research and thereafter, from October 2008 to October 2018, as Director of Research. Prior to joining WisdomTree, he was head research assistant for Professor Jeremy Siegel and helped with the research and writing of Stocks for the Long Run and The Future for Investors. Mr. Schwartz also is co-author of the Financial Analysts Journal paper, What Happened to the Original Stocks in the S&P 500? He received his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and hosts the Wharton Business Radio program Behind the Markets on SiriusXM 132. Mr. Schwartz is also a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.