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Is It Too Late To Play Defense With Telecom ETFs?

21 September 2011 at 10:34 am by Staff     Bookmark and Share    Follow EtfExpert on Twitter

Over the last 9 months, both Verizon and AT&T have beaten the broader U.S. equity markets. For that matter, so have the ETFs representing non-cyclical segments like consumer staples, health care and utilities.

Yet telecom doesn’t quite get the same rep as being a defensive equity play. Granted, its relationship with technology may have a great deal to do with telecom’s perception. Nevertheless, Telecom ETFs often generate the highest yield of any sector fund.

Some folks may feel comfortable picking Verizon over AT&T, or vice versa. Others may seek an advantage by digging deeper into the possibilities, from MetroPCS to Virgin to Frontier. Still others like the exceptionally high yields from global corporations as diverse as New Zealand Telecom, China Mobile and Vodafone Group.

If you’re one of those who prefer indexing to individual stock picking, however, owning the highest yielding space in equities may be your ticket. Keep in mind, though, you won’t be the only person chasing yield in a low interest environ. What’s more, Q4 historically belongs to the risk-takers in cyclical segments like energy, tech and consumer discretionary. 

Five Telecom ETFs Your Broker Forgot to Mention– Benzinga
Copper ETFs Hit New Low, A Bad Omen For Stocks – Trang Ho, Investor’s Business Daily
Steel Stocks: A Contrarian Buy– Mark Salzinger, The Stock Advisors
Reviewing The Essential Facts Of Leveraged ETFs– Michael Thomsett, Minyanville



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