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Old 07-07-2007, 11:02 AM   #1
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Any thoughts on Wisdom Tree ETFs?

I was looking in particular at DLS, the small cap international ETF, but am also looking at a few other of their funds. Their strategy is interesting, basing their weighting system off of dividends, as opposed to cap. Is this just going to be a flash in the pan trend, or is this going to be a solid investment for the long haul? I see that Merriman has added DLS to his buy and hold portfolio, and I have regarded Jeremy Siegel, as a pretty smart guy after reading Stocks For the Long Run. Just curious whether any ER members have any good or bad feedback?

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If you want international small cap value you are kinda stuck with DLS and maybe GWX. I own DLS and want to build it up to maybe 5% of our portfolio. Both of these trade relatively thinly, so always use limit orders. Some days they can be volatile. I bought DLS for 70.32 on a day that it closed around 71.41.

I see that Merriman advocates a 12% allocation to DLS. On a $2million portfolio that would be 3300 shares or about 5% to 10% of the daily volume. If one used GWX that might up to 50% of days volume.

Anyways, I think DLS is going to be around for the long haul. I just don't know if there are enough small international companies around to fill its coffers.

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what kind of expense ratio on DLS...cant seem to find on wisdom tree's website...
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Originally Posted by maddythebeagle View Post
what kind of expense ratio on DLS...cant seem to find on wisdom tree's website...
0.6%, probably with some expense-waiver caveats...

ETFConnect - Fund Quick Facts - WisdomTree International Small Cap Dividend Fund - DLS

I've been following it for a while (along with Zacks Yield Hog, CVY) and it seems like a decent (yet potentially volatile) fund. I think dividends are about the only truth one can count on for domestic stocks, let alone international ones.

Now we just have to wait for it to set a 52-week low...

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I'm holding out for the iShares version of the international small cap ETF. I tend to like their outfit and products a tad more than the others.

My alternative choice would be the VG Intl Explorer fund which is closed to new investors but it sports an ER of .44 and I would expect the new iShares to come out at around .40-.50
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