FlexShares Quality Dividend Defensive Index Fund (QDEF)

NYSEARCA: QDEF · IEX Real-Time Price · USD
-0.10 (-0.18%)
Sep 25, 2023, 9:30 AM EDT - Market open
Assets $334.07M
Expense Ratio 0.37%
PE Ratio 16.47
Shares Out n/a
Dividend (ttm) $1.24
Dividend Yield 2.28%
Ex-Dividend Date Sep 15, 2023
Payout Ratio 37.41%
1-Year Return +12.59%
Volume 487
Open 54.52
Previous Close 54.62
Day's Range 54.52 - 54.52
52-Week Low 45.30
52-Week High 58.00
Beta n/a
Holdings 131
Inception Date Dec 14, 2012

About QDEF

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The FlexShares Quality Dividend Defensive Index Fund (QDEF) is an exchange-traded fund that mostly invests in total market equity. The fund tracks an index of companies with higher dividend yield and lower beta than the Northern Trust 1250 Index. QDEF was launched on Dec 14, 2012 and is issued by FlexShares.

Asset Class Equity
Category Large Value
Region Global
Stock Exchange NYSEARCA
Ticker Symbol QDEF
Index Tracked Northern Trust Quality Dividend Defensive

Top 10 Holdings

35.34% of assets
Name Symbol Weight
Apple Inc. AAPL 7.76%
Microsoft Corporation MSFT 5.67%
The Procter & Gamble Company PG 3.42%
Broadcom Inc. AVGO 3.20%
The Home Depot, Inc. HD 3.08%
AbbVie Inc. ABBV 2.74%
The Coca-Cola Company KO 2.73%
Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO 2.65%
Abbott Laboratories ABT 2.09%
NVIDIA Corporation NVDA 2.01%
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Ex-Dividend Amount Pay Date
2023-09-15 $0.27007 2023-09-21
2023-06-16 $0.38179 2023-06-23
2023-03-17 $0.19454 2023-03-23
2022-12-16 $0.39419 2022-12-22
2022-09-16 $0.31895 2022-09-22
2022-06-17 $0.32341 2022-06-24
Full Dividend History


As Dividend, Value, & Low Vol Outperform, Check Out QDEF

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