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Investors usually find dividend-paying assets to be great investment choices. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are investment vehicles that trade like stocks, but like a mutual fund hold a bundle of securities. Dividend ETFs focus on dividend-paying securities and usually track a dividend index,  providing a reliable distribution for shareholders.

4 Benefits of Dividend ETFs

  • Instant diversification of the basket of holdings in the ETF.
  • ETFs provide both general and segmented investing strategies; they can cover the overall market or only a specific market capitalization, volatility, or geography- just to name a few factors.
  • Simplicity of owning many holdings within one vehicle, which saves time and commissions compared to holding each security separately.
  • Lower fees compared to other investment vehicles such as mutual funds.

Below, we’ve provided a sample list of the major dividend paying ETFs. Please note that ETFs may have different tax implications and liquidity than regular equities, so speak to a professional financial advisor first.

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ETF Symbol Company Name Dividend Yield Current Price % Off 52-Week High YTD Return Avg. Daily Volume 6-Mo. Trend
BDCS UBS E-TRACS Linked to the Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index 7.79% $22.36 -2.78% 10.26% 18,777
CVY Guggenheim Multi-Asset Income ETF 4.76% $20.44 -0.24% 12.43% 75,272
DEM WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund 8.45% $38.12 -3.32% 20.48% 317,998 -
DES WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund 2.28% $84.13 -0.20% 29.57% 102,620 -
DEW WisdomTree Global Equity Income Fund 3.87% $43.96 N/A 11.66% 10,375 -
DFE WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund 1.92% $54.17 -9.13% -3.27% 117,034
DFJ WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Fund 0.03% $63.93 -0.05% 13.03% 40,766
DGS WisdomTree Emerging Market SmallCap Fund 6.79% $39.77 -7.94% 13.43% 123,222 -
DHS WisdomTree High-Yielding Equity Fund 3.30% $67.29 -1.94% 13.88% 88,055 -
DIM WisdomTree International MidCap Dividend Fund 2.11% $56.05 -2.89% 0.99% 9,755 -
DLN WisdomTree LargeCap Dividend Fund 2.47% $80.13 -0.04% 12.64% 86,286 -
DLS WisdomTree International SmallCap Fund 2.52% $61.08 -1.78% 5.13% 61,356 -
DNL WisdomTree Global ex-U.S. Growth Fund 3.39% $46.65 -7.86% 3.05% 4,398 -
DOL WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend Fund 1.94% $43.33 -2.06% 0.39% 36,194 -
DON WisdomTree MidCap Dividend Fund 2.36% $96.64 -0.35% 20.03% 114,112 -
DOO WisdomTree International Dividend ex-Financials Fund 2.54% $37.85 -5.71% -0.50% 23,627
DTD WisdomTree Total Dividend Fund 2.50% $81.64 -0.13% 13.93% 24,844 -
DTH WisdomTree DEFA High-Yielding Equity Fund 2.49% $38.56 -1.78% 2.17% 19,200 -
DTN WisdomTree Dividend ex-Financials Fund 2.35% $81.60 -0.23% 16.09% 21,783
DVY iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund 3.09% $89.81 -0.01% 19.51% 1,136,150
DVYE iShares Emerging Markets Dividend Index Fund 7.66% $35.20 -6.61% 16.90% 77,362 -
DVYL UBS ETRACS Monthly Pay 2x Leveraged Dow Jones Select Dividend Index ETN 9.14% $61.07 -0.42% 36.38% 4,858 -
DWX SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF 4.50% $36.97 -2.27% 10.82% 167,383 -
DXJ WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund 0.39% $51.46 -5.92% 2.76% 4,793,500 -
EDIV SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend ETF 10.31% $26.70 -10.64% 12.56% 79,994
FDD First Trust STOXX European Select Dividend Index Fund 2.11% $11.80 -7.45% -3.12% 128,720 -
FDL First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund 2.88% $27.92 -0.04% 17.81% 335,706 -
FGD First Trust DJ Global Select Dividend Index Fund 3.15% $23.90 -0.42% 9.83% 48,088 -
FPE First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF 6.17% $18.90 -6.94% -0.26% 640,606
FVD First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund 1.78% $28.28 N/A 18.43% 561,894 -
GRI ALPS Cohen & Steers Global Realty Majors ETF 3.62% $42.31 -10.04% -0.52% 6,936
GYLD ArrowShares Dow Jones Global Yield ETF 8.20% $18.59 -6.35% 8.33% 32,597
HDV iShares High Dividend Equity Fund 3.35% $82.10 -2.64% 11.84% 523,869 -
HGI Guggenheim International Multi-Asset Income ETF 3.64% $15.28 -1.80% 7.15% 3,058 -
ICF iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Major 3.09% $99.61 -11.42% 0.37% 388,180 -
IDV iShares Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend 4.53% $29.91 -2.67% 4.18% 635,014 -
IYR iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index Fund 3.60% $77.32 -9.88% 2.98% 9,455,690 -
KBWD Invesco PowerShares KBW High Dividend Yield Financial Portfolio 8.02% $23.94 -0.17% 14.00% 58,338
LVL Guggenheim S&P Global Dividend Opportunities Index ETF 5.05% $10.28 -0.68% 17.75% 28,514 -
MORL ETRACS Monthly Pay 2XLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN 2.40% $16.22 -0.67% 22.14% 310,238
OASI O'Shares FTSE Asia Pacific Quality Dividend ETF 4.29% $26.19 -5.14% 8.31% 2,716 -
OEUR O'Shares FTSE Europe Quality Dividend ETF 1.75% $21.34 -12.07% -7.14% 15,359 -
OUSA O'Shares FTSE US Quality Dividend ETF 2.95% $27.43 -3.89% 9.46% 144,011
PEY Invesco PowerShares High Yield Dividend Achievers 3.05% $17.15 N/A 28.46% 404,534 -
PFF iShares S&P US Preferred Stock Fund 5.89% $37.13 -7.96% -4.43% 3,626,220 -
PFM Invesco PowerShares Dividend Achievers 2.19% $23.22 -0.13% 12.99% 26,119 -
PGF Invesco PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio 5.64% $17.94 -8.28% -4.73% 696,866 -
PGX Invesco PowerShares Preferred Portfolio 5.93% $14.19 -8.45% -5.08% 2,648,130 -
PID Invesco PowerShares Intl Dividend Achievers 4.08% $14.80 -1.86% 8.98% 265,019 -
RDIV RevenueShares Ultra Dividend Fund 3.07% $35.31 -0.42% 27.80% 94,775 -
RWXL ETRACS Monthly Pay 2XLeveraged Dow Jones International Real Estate ETN 7.56% $33.52 -1.47% 13.55% 375 -
SCHD Charles Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF 2.21% $44.03 -0.07% 14.19% 767,294
SDIV Global X SuperDividend ETF 6.86% $21.08 -3.74% 6.90% 190,788
SDY SPDR S&P Dividend ETF 2.24% $87.77 -0.07% 19.30% 902,822
SDYL ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged S&P Dividend ETN 6.73% $69.05 -0.42% 31.65% 2,589
VIG Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF 1.81% $86.78 N/A 11.60% 816,712
VRP PowerShares Variable Rate Preferred Portfolio 5.27% $24.34 -6.56% 0.33% 300,298
VYM Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF 2.53% $76.43 N/A 14.50% 938,516
YYY YieldShares High Income ETF 10.31% $18.63 -5.91% 4.55% 50,239 -

* Stock Price shown is previous day’s closing price.

** Recommended date/price reflects the stock’s price on the day the stock was added to the list.

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