Dividend capture by buying SPY and shorting IVV?

Thursday, March 14th, 2013 | Vance Harwood
 

If your devious dividend capture plan involves you hedging against SPY’s price movements by selling IVV short until after SPY goes ex-dividend you can forget about it. The IVV (Barclays Global) price doesn’t drop by SPY’s dividend amount on SPY’s ex-dividend date. It continues to track the S&P 500 until it goes ex-dividend a few days later. Your master plan will net out with you down by at least your commission costs.

For  IVV and SPY ex-dividend and distribution dates and lots of others  see here.

If you are interested of an overview of dividend strategies—some of which actually work, see this post.

Thanks to Jeff in the comments below for pointing out to me that IVV management doesn’t have to do anything in order for this to play out this way.

IVV vs SPY (June 2010 ex-dividends), click to enlarge



Dividend Capture Strategies

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 | Vance Harwood
 

In trying to capture dividends there is no free lunch. In fact, since Wall street is involved, the best you can hope for is an affordable lunch. I have looked at, and tried quite a few approaches—most of which don’t work, but I have found one approach that does work with some ETFs. Ironically you don’t actually collect the dividend most of the time, but you can collect an amount similar to the dividend-with a reasonable amount of risk.

Anyone with money can capture a dividend—you buy the stock (or ETF) before the ex-dividend date and hold it until the ex-dividend date. The challenge is to close out your position with a profit that is worth the risk. Typically the stock will drop by about the dividend amount when it starts trading on the ex-dividend day, but if the stock has a generally up day your overall profit can be better than the dividend. You lose money if the stock drops by more than the dividend amount (ignoring commissions)—and if the market goes bad you can lose many months worth of dividends in a hurry.

There are two ways to deal with this kind of risk, you can try to predict the future, or you can hedge. If you are any good at predicting the future then you don’t need to be messing around with dividends, you should just be buying and selling based on your predictions. With hedging you try to reduce, or better yet eliminate your risk by also investing in something that moves in the opposite direction of the stock so that the price movements cancel out. Some high quality hedges for a stock or ETF:

  1. Sell the stock short
  2. Sell a stock short that very closely tracks the stock you own (e.g., IVV for SPY)
  3. Buy an ETF that has an inverse relationship to your stock  (this can be done in IRAs, they don’t allow shorting)

 

Hedges that can reduce your risk, but only provide medium protection include:

  1. Shorting the general market or industry sector that your stock is in
  2. Buying inverse ETFs for the general market or industry sector
  3. Use stock options with strike prices close to the current market price
  4. Use stock futures (sell futures)

 

The folks on Wall Street aren’t about to let you get away with any sort of risk free profit, even if it is only a few tenths of a percent.   The high quality hedges above don’t work at all (see here) for dividend capture.   The medium level hedges don’t eliminate the downside risk and introduce the possibility that an upside move by your stock might be more than wiped out by an even stronger downside move by your hedge.

 

I have used one approach that offers a reasonable payoff, with reasonable risk—using deep-in-the-money stock option calls to capture the dividend amount.   More about this in this post.



2014 Dividend, Ex-Dividend, and Paydate / Distribution information for ETFs

Friday, February 28th, 2014 | Vance Harwood
 

I have collected dividend, ex-dividend, paydate/distribution  information for 2014 on the following ETFs.

Alerian:  AMLP


Guggenheim:

Quarterly Group I:  EWEM, EWRI, EWRM, EWRS, RSP, RCD, RGI, RHS, RTM, RYE, RYF, RYH, RYT, RYU, RFG, RFV, RPG, RPV, RZG, RZV, XLG

 

iShares

iShares: AGG CMF CSJ HYG IEF IEI IGOV ISHG LQD PFF SHV SHY TIP TLH TLT

iShares: AGZ CFT CIU EMB GBF GVI MBB MUAA MUAB MUAC MUAD MUAE MUAG MUB NYF SUB

iShares: DVY, DSI, IAI, IAK, IAT, IDU, IEO, IEX, IHE, IHF, IHI, ITA, ITB, IYC, IYE, IYF, IYG, IYH, IYK, IYM, IYR, IYT, IYW, IYJ, IYY, IYZ, KLD … DVY dividend history

iShares:  IJJ   IJH   IJK IJR    IJS   IJT  ISI   IVE   IVV  IVW   OEF

iShares MSCI:  EEM, EFA, EPP, EWC, EWH, EWY, EWZ and Others

iShares Russell: IWB   IWC   IWD    IWM   IWO   IWR   IWS   IWP  IWV   IWW    IWZ

 

PIMCO:  AUD  BABZ  BOND  BUND  CAD  CORP  FIVZ  HYS  ILB  LTPZ  MINT  MUNI  SMMU  STPZ  TENZ  TIPZ  TRSY  TUZ  ZROZ

 

Schwab
Schwab Monthly Distributions:   SCHP, SCHO, SCHR, SCHZ

Schwab Quarterly and Annual Distributions:  SCHA, SCHB, SCHC, SCHD, SCHE, SCHF, SCHG, SCHH,SCHM, SCHV, SCHX

Schwab Quarterly Distributions:  FNDB, FNDX, FNDA

 

SPDR

SPDR:  BIL  BMX  CWB  CXA   INY IPE   ITE  ITR  (jnk)JNK   LAG  LWC MBG MWZ  SJNK SHM  TFI  TLO VRD WIP
SPDR: DIADIA Dividend HistoryDIA Dividend Capture

SPDR: XLB, XLE, XLF, XLI, XLK, XLP, XLU, XLV, XLY

SPDR: MTK, SLYG, SLYV, SPYG, DGT, SLY, SDY, XRT, DWX and others 

SPDR: SPY

 

Vanguard
Vanguard Summary of all the tickers below: Vanguard Summary

Vanguard Monthly Distributions: BND, BSV, VGLT, BIV, VCSH, BNDX, VWOB

Vanguard Monthly Distributions: VCIT, VCLT, VGSH, VMGS

Vanguard Quarterly Distributions: VFH, VNQ, VUG, VOO

Vanguard Quarterly Distributions: VIG, VTI, VTV, VV, VYM

Vanguard: Quarterly Distributions: VWO, VGK, VEU, VSS, VNQI, VEA, VGK, VPL, VXUS, VT, EDV, MGV, MGC, VPU

Vanguard Semi-annual Distributions:  VO, VOT, VB, VBR, VBK, VOE, VXF

Vanguard Annual Distributions : VAW, VDE, VGT, VCR, VDC, VHT, VIS, VOX, VTIP

 

Archival / Reference Information from SPDR and iShares

 



2014 Ex-Dividend Date AGG AGZ CFT CIU CMF CSJ EMB GBF GVI HYG IEF IEI IGOV ISHG LQD MBB MUB NYF PFF SHV SHY SUB TIP TLH TLT

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 | Vance Harwood
 

The 2014 Ex-Dividend and Pay Date  information below is based on iShares distribution schedule,

2014 Ex-Dividend Dates
3-Feb 3-Mar 1-Apr 1-May 2-June 1-July 1-Aug
2-Sept 1-Oct 3-Nov 1-Dec 24-Dec 24-Dec (possible cap gain dist)
Pay / Distribution Dates
7-Feb 7-Mar 7-Apr 7-May 6-June 8-July 7-Aug
8-Sept 7-Oct 7-Nov 5-Dec 31-Dec 31-Dec (possible cap gain dist)

 

AGG    iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund (AGG
AGZ    iShares Barclays Agency Bond Fund (AGZ)
CFT     iShares Barclays Credit Bond Fund (CFT)
CIU     iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit Bond Fund (CIU)
CSJ      iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Credit Bond Fund (CSJ)
EMB    iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond Fund (EMB)
GBF     iShares Barclays Government/Credit Bond Fund (GBF)
GLJ      iShares 10+ Year Government/Credit Bond Fund (GLJ)
GVI     iShares Barclays Intermediate Government/Credit Bond Fund (GVI)
HYG    iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYG)
IEF      iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund (IEF)
IEI       iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Fund (IEI)
IGOV  iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Fund (IGOV)
ISHG  iShares S&P/Citigroup 1–3 Year International Treasury Bond Fund (ISHG)
LQD    iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund (See LQD dividend history below)
MUAA iShares 2012 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series (MUAA)
MUAB iShares 2013 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series (MUAB)
MUAC iShares 2014 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series (MUAC)
MUAD iShares 2015 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series (MUAD)
MUAE iShares 2016 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series (MUAE)
MUAG iShares 2017 S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series (MUAF)
MBB    iShares Barclays MBS Bond Fund (MBB)
MUB   iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (MUB)
NYF    iShares S&P New York AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (NYF)
PFF     iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund (PFF)
SHV    iShares Barclays Short Treasury Bond Fund (SHV)
SHY    iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond Fund (SHY)
SUB     iShares S&P Short Term National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (SUB)
TIP      iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (TIP dividend history)
TLH     iShares Barclays 10-20 Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLH)
TLT      iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT)



Looking for ex-dividend information for other ETFs?   Check this page.


If you would like the dividend history for another security, see this post.