Last Update: 31 August 2020

The Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio granted a 2.79% dividend yield in 2019.

It's a Low Risk portfolio and it can be replicated with 12 ETFs.

Portfolio Dividend Yield

The Dividend Yield of Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio is the result of the following asset allocation:

MERRILL LYNCH EDGE SELECT CONSERVATIVE PORTFOLIO
DIVIDEND YIELDS (%)
Period: January 2019 - August 2020
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2020(*) 2019
Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio 0.92% 2.79%
Weight Components Dividend Yield (%)
8.00% VTV - Vanguard Value 1.29% 3.10%
5.00% VUG - Vanguard Growth 0.45% 1.30%
5.00% VEU - Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US 0.69% 3.70%
1.00% IJS - iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Value 0.66% 2.04%
1.00% IJT - iShares S&P Small-Cap 600 Growth 0.35% 1.10%
1.00% EEM - iShares MSCI Emerging Markets 0.51% 3.19%
24.00% BIL - SPDR Blmbg Barclays 1-3 Mth T-Bill 0.30% 2.06%
17.00% IEI - iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond 0.81% 2.10%
12.00% MBB - iShares MBS 1.43% 2.89%
12.00% BNDX - Vanguard Total International Bond 0.58% 3.58%
10.00% LQD - iShares Investment Grade Corporate Bond 1.77% 3.79%
4.00% HYG - iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond 2.89% 5.54%
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year

Capital Growth and Dividends

In the following table, Capital Growth details (with and without dividend reinvestment) are represented.

If you are not interested in a periodic income and you need a strategy with a dividend reinvestment, please refer to the Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio: ETF allocation and returns page.

MERRILL LYNCH EDGE SELECT CONSERVATIVE PORTFOLIO
CAPITAL GROWTH with or without dividend reinvestment
1000$ invested from January 2013 to August 2020
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Year
Dividend
Cumulative
Dividend
Cashflow
Portfolio
Value
EOY Capital
Amount Yield Effective
Ptf + Cashflow
Total Return
Div. reinvestment
1000.00
2013 15.05 1.51% 15.05 1036.20 1051.25 1051.25
2014 17.76 1.69% 32.81 1068.60 1101.41 1101.89
2015 19.41 1.76% 52.22 1048.08 1100.30 1100.13
2016 20.55 1.87% 72.77 1077.43 1150.20 1151.49
2017 23.06 2.00% 95.84 1127.66 1223.50 1228.24
2018 29.67 2.42% 125.51 1089.03 1214.54 1215.83
2019 33.92 2.79% 159.42 1179.22 1338.64 1350.44
Aug 2020(*) 12.41 0.92% 171.83 1208.09 1379.92 1395.92
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year WITHOUT
dividend
reinvestment
WITH
dividend
reinvestment

Column meaning:

  • Dividend -> Amount: Income returned over the year (or portion of the year)
  • Dividend -> Yield: Dividend Yield calculated on the starting price of the year
  • Cumulative Dividend Cashflow: Sum of all the dividends received
  • Portfolio Value: Investment Value, excluding dividends, at the end of year
  • EOY Capital -> Effective: Investment Value plus cumulative dividends
  • EOY Capital -> Total Return: Investment Value, with dividend reinvestment

Which are the global returns of the last periods? In the following table, the Effective Return considers the received (and not reinvested) dividends. Total Return is calculated assuming dividend reinvestment.

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Period Portfolio
Return
Effective
Return
Total
Return
Jan 2019 - Aug 2020 +10.93% +13.62% +14.81%
Jan 2017 - Aug 2020 +12.13% +19.97% +21.23%
Jan 2015 - Aug 2020 +13.05% +25.29% +26.68%
Jan 2013 - Aug 2020 +20.81% +37.99% +39.59%
WITHOUT
dividend
reinvestment
WITH
dividend
reinvestment

Yearly Returns and Dividend Yield

Dividends are essential for the investor who needs additional periodic income. When dividends are not reinvested, how much is the real portfolio return over the years?

MERRILL LYNCH EDGE SELECT CONSERVATIVE PORTFOLIO
HISTORICAL RETURNS AND DIVIDEND YIELDS
Period: January 2013 - August 2020
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Year Total Return Dividend Yield Return
Without Dividends
2013 +5.12% 1.51% +3.62%
2014 +4.82% 1.69% +3.13%
2015 -0.16% 1.76% -1.92%
2016 +4.67% 1.87% +2.80%
2017 +6.67% 2.00% +4.66%
2018 -1.01% 2.42% -3.43%
2019 +11.07% 2.79% +8.28%
Aug 2020(*) +3.37% 0.92% +2.45%
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year

Actual Dividend Yield for long term investors

What would have been the annual Dividend Yield received by investors if they had implemented the Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio allocation over the past years?

E.g. If you had implemented it 3 years ago, how much would be your actual dividend yield today?

MERRILL LYNCH EDGE SELECT CONSERVATIVE PORTFOLIO
ACTUAL DIVIDEND YIELD for long-term investors
Period: January 2013 - August 2020
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Starting Period
of the
Investment
Actual Dividend Yield over years
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020(*)
Jan 2013 1.78% 1.94% 2.06% 2.31% 2.97% 3.39% 1.24%
Jan 2014 1.69% 1.85% 1.95% 2.19% 2.82% 3.23% 1.18%
Jan 2015 1.76% 1.86% 2.09% 2.69% 3.08% 1.13%
Jan 2016 1.87% 2.10% 2.70% 3.08% 1.13%
Jan 2017 2.00% 2.58% 2.95% 1.08%
Jan 2018 2.42% 2.76% 1.01%
Jan 2019 2.79% 1.02%
(*) Dividend Yield is calculated only for a portion of the year

Collecting dividends is useful to obtain an additional income. Obtaining a large amount of income is the first step to financial freedom. However, if your need is to increase your capital as much as possible with dividend reinvestment, please refer to the Merrill Lynch Edge Select Conservative Portfolio: ETF allocation and returns page.

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