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WisdomTree Declares 4th Quarter Dividend Distributions

WisdomTree  today announced the dividend distributions for the 4th quarter of 2015 of the WisdomTree UCITS ETFs..


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as detailed below:

Announcement Date:    30 December 2015

Ex-Date:                               07 January 2016

Record Date:                      08 January 2016

Payment Date:                 19 January 2016

Sub-Fund/Share Class ISIN Currency Amount per Share Trailing 12M Dividend Yield
WisdomTree US Equity Income UCITS ETF (DHS) IE00BQZJBQ63 USD 0.1375 3.39%
WisdomTree US Small Cap Dividend UCITS ETF (DESE) IE00BQZJBT94 USD 0.1242 2.91%
WisdomTree Europe Equity Income UCITS ETF (EEI) IE00BQZJBX31 EUR 0.0842 5.27%
WisdomTree Europe Small Cap Dividend UCITS ETF (DFE) IE00BQZJC527 EUR 0.0425 2.75%
WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income UCITS ETF (DEM) IE00BQQ3Q067 USD 0.0877 5.52%
WisdomTree Emerging Markets Small Cap Dividend  UCITS ETF (DGSE) IE00BQZJBM26 USD 0.0301 3.62%

                                                                                                                               

Key points to note include:

1.       WisdomTree’s equity income ETFs tilted around defensive and politically sensitive sectors such as energy, utilities and financials, offering a deep value investment proposition following the marked correction in commodity markets.

2.       The yield premium attained with WisdomTree’s equity income approach was harnessed by three key components:

·         By screening for a segment of the highest dividend yielding segment of the stock market, all non-dividend payers were automatically excluded from the index, unlike market-cap orientated indices, where size will potentially expose investors to low yields or non-dividend payers.

·         By weighting by total cash-dividends as opposed to just dividend yield, the risks to value traps were mitigated, as stocks demonstrating the largest cash dividends received the highest weight.

·         Through the annual rebalance, sufficient scope allowed for value opportunities to emerge and for expensive growth threats to be removed. Over several rebalancing cycles, a yield premium over market-cap orientated strategies maintained, along with the potential for better risk-adjusted returns.

WisdomTree UCITS ETF dividend yields vs. comparative indices:

Comparisons Trailing 12M
Dividend Yield
WisdomTree US Equity Income UCITS ETF 3.39%
S&P 500 NTR Index (USD) 2.15%
WisdomTree US Small Cap Dividend UCITS ETF 2.91%
Russell 2000 NTR Index (USD) 2.05%
WisdomTree Europe Equity Income UCITS ETF 5.27%
MSCI Europe NTR Index (Euro) 3.55%
WisdomTree Europe Small Cap Dividend UCITS ETF 2.75%
MSCI Europe Small Cap NTR Index (Euro) 2.50%
WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income UCITS ETF  5.52%
MSCI Emerging Markets NTR Index (USD) 2.92%
WisdomTree Emerging Markets Small Cap Dividend  UCITS ETF  3.62%
MSCI Emerging Markets Small Cap NTR Index (USD) 2.39%

Source: Bloomberg, WisdomTree as at 31 December 2015

Source: ETFWorld.co.uk

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