RBC Quant Dividend Leaders ETFs

Designed For Income Stability & Growth

RBC Quant Dividend Leaders ETFs are designed to be high-quality core dividend income solutions. The ETFs employ a rules-based, multi-factor investment approach to build a portfolio of companies with strong balance sheets, sustainable dividends and the potential for dividend growth. An innovative approach to weighting and regular rebalancing is designed to further enhance risk-return characteristics.

Introducing RBC Strategic Global Dividend Leaders ETFs (RLD)

In today's global environment, finding opportunity while managing risk has seldom been more challenging. Introducing RBC Strategic Global Dividend Leaders ETF (RLD) , a diversified equity-income solution designed to take advantage of global opportunities while managing risk.

Key benefits:

  • Diversified structure. The ETF invests in a selection of RBC Quant Dividend Leaders ETFs that employ a rules-based investment approach to help identify quality income generating or growth companies.
  • Global perspective. The mix of underlying ETFs is guided by the RBC Investment Strategy Committee, made up of senior investment leaders from across the firm.
  • Simplified execution. Global equity diversification in a single ETF.


Income stability and growth are the tenets of these high-quality, rules-based Canadian, U.S. and international dividend solutions.

TSX Symbol Quant Dividend Leaders ETF Monthly Update
RCD  RCD RBC Quant Canadian Dividend Leaders ETF
RUD  RUD RBC Quant U.S. Dividend Leaders ETF
RUD.u  RUD.U RBC Quant U.S. Dividend Leaders ETF (USD Units)
RUDH  RUDH RBC Quant U.S. Dividend Leaders (CAD Hedged) ETF
RPD  RPD RBC Quant European Dividend Leaders ETF
RPD.u  RPD.U RBC Quant European Dividend Leaders ETF (USD Units)
RPDH  RPDH RBC Quant European Dividend Leaders (CAD Hedged) ETF
RID  RID RBC Quant EAFE Dividend Leaders ETF
RID.u  RID.U RBC Quant EAFE Dividend Leaders ETF (USD Units)
RIDH  RIDH RBC Quant EAFE Dividend Leaders (CAD Hedged) ETF
RXD  RXD RBC Quant Emerging Markets Dividend Leaders ETF
RXD.u  RXD.U RBC Quant Emerging Markets Dividend Leaders ETF (USD Units)
RLD  RLD RBC Strategic Global Dividend Leaders ETF

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Why RBC Quant Dividend Leaders ETFs?

Key Benefits these ETFs Aim to Provide:

  • Dividend sustainability
  • Balance sheet stability
  • Regular monthly income
  • Income growth potential
  • Capital growth potential

Key Differentiators of the ETFs Include:

  • Professional money management–no index
  • Diversification benefits of modified cap weighting
  • Rules-based screens to identify financial strength and growth
  • Three international opportunities unique to Canada

How is the portfolio built?

A Straightforward Process

1. Income: Minimum Dividend Yield


Each security must have a minimum dividend yield, which is set by the portfolio management team. The threshold generally ensures a portfolio yield that is attractive relative to the investment universe.

2. Financial Strength and Growth Fundamental Screening  

Key fundamental measures are used to forecast companies’ ability to grow their dividend over time. Dividend Leaders are selected for the portfolio by combining the results of the minimum dividend yield, future balance sheet strength, dividend sustainability and dividend growth.

3. Modified Capitalization Weighting  

The weighting method better reflects the liquidity and economic characteristics of companies relative to market capitalization weighting schemes.

4. Quarterly Rebalancing  

Each quarter, the screens are re-applied to rebalance the ETF, thus improving the portfolio’s characteristics.

*Source: RBC GAM, IFIC. Based on AUM including IFIC money market, fixed income, income oriented balanced and income oriented equity mutual fund solutions plus income oriented ETF solutions as of June 30, 2015.

Commissions, management fees and expenses may be associated with investments in exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Please read the prospectus before investing. ETFs are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. ETF units are bought and sold at market price on a stock exchange and brokerage commissions will reduce returns. RBC ETFs do not seek to return any predetermined amount at maturity. RBC ETFs are managed by RBC Global Asset Management Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada.


  • Innovative, high quality and professionally managed
  • Designed to provide attractive risk-adjusted performance
  • Invest with Canada's leading provider of income solutions*
  • Backed by the strength and stability of RBC Global Asset Management
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