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Finance companies engage in the management and investment of money to most efficiently allocate capital. These companies have a variety of different structures, such as consumer-facing retail banks, insurance companies and closed-ended funds. The dividend yields within this sector are much higher than the wider market.

If you’re looking to invest in dividend-paying financial stocks, you may also be interested in dividend-paying financial exchange-traded funds (ETFs). These funds offer a diversified dividend payment based on a basket of financial stock holdings. ETFs trade on stock exchanges, similar to equities and they’re also similar to mutual funds in that they hold securities of many companies.

3 Reasons to Invest in dividend-paying Financials ETFs:

  • Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you get a diversified dividend payment based on a basket of financial stocks.
  • All ETFs have very low fees and can be traded just like stocks.
  • It’s easy to gain exposure to many dividend-paying financial stocks with just one vehicle (ETF).

Whereas, if you’re interested in investing in individual financial stocks, check out the tables below.

Financial Breakdown by Industry

3.85%
Financial Sector Dividend Yield*
*Calculated as the simple average of company dividend yields in this group
excluding inactive stocks
Industry Company Count Industry Dividend Yield
Accident & Health Insurance 7 1.79%
Asset Management 52 4.41%
Closed-End Fund - Debt 326 4.76%
Closed-End Fund - Equity 107 9.71%
Closed-End Fund - Foreign 42 4.12%
Credit Services 24 2.32%
Diversified Investments 44 5.65%
Foreign Money Center Banks 22 3.31%
Foreign Regional Banks 22 1.74%
Insurance Brokers 12 2.08%
Investment Brokerage - National 21 2.66%
Investment Brokerage - Regional 12 2.87%
Life Insurance 24 1.83%
Money Center Banks 32 2.61%
Mortgage Investment 18 7.03%
Property & Casualty Insurance 75 2.91%
Property Management 25 3.03%
Real Estate Development 47 5.66%
Regional - Mid-Atlantic Banks 58 1.76%
Regional - Midwest Banks 51 1.80%
Regional - Northeast Banks 81 1.98%
Regional - Pacific Banks 43 2.12%
Regional - Southeast Banks 37 1.64%
Regional - Southwest Banks 24 1.57%
REIT - Diversified 49 6.27%
REIT - Healthcare Facilities 19 5.52%
REIT - Hotel Motel 22 4.05%
REIT - Industrial 18 4.25%
REIT - Office 29 4.04%
REIT - Residential 38 15.03%
REIT - Retail 44 4.63%
Savings & Loans 95 1.57%
Surety & Title Insurance 6 2.35%

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Stock Symbol Company Name DARS™ Rating Dividend Yield Current Price Annual Dividend Ex-Div Date Pay Date
AB AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. 7.63% $23.60 $1.80 11/03/16 11/17/16
ACG AllianceBernstein Income Fund Inc 0.00% $7.91 $0.00 03/02/16 03/18/16
AFL Aflac 2.48% $69.46 $1.72 11/14/16 12/01/16
AGNC American Capital Agency 11.62% $18.59 $2.16 11/28/16 12/08/16
AIG American International Group Inc 1.97% $64.92 $1.28 12/06/16 12/22/16
AINV Apollo Investment Corporation 9.85% $6.09 $0.60 12/19/16 01/05/17
AMTG Apollo Residential Mortgage Inc 14.08% $13.64 $1.92 06/28/16 07/29/16
ANH Anworth Mortgage 11.36% $5.28 $0.60 09/28/16 10/28/16
ARCC Ares Capital 9.41% $16.15 $1.52 12/13/16 12/30/16
ARCP American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. 0.00% $8.60 $0.00 12/04/14 12/15/14
ARI Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. 10.44% $17.63 $1.84 09/28/16 10/17/16
ARR ARMOUR Residential REIT Inc. 11.68% $22.60 $2.64 12/13/16 12/27/16
AWF AllianceBernstein Global High Income Fund, Inc. 7.92% $12.27 $0.97 12/07/16 12/16/16
AXP American Express 1.72% $74.29 $1.28 01/04/17 02/10/17
BAC Bank of America 1.33% $22.57 $0.30 11/30/16 12/30/16
BBT BB&T 2.58% $46.49 $1.20 11/08/16 12/01/16
BGCP BGC Partners 6.41% $9.98 $0.64 11/21/16 12/08/16
BKCC BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation 11.23% $7.48 $0.84 12/15/16 01/02/17
BLK BlackRock, Inc. 2.41% $379.81 $9.16 12/08/16 12/23/16
BMO Bank of Montreal 5.00% $70.35 $3.52 01/30/17 02/28/17
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia 5.18% $57.11 $2.96 12/29/16 01/27/17
BX Blackstone Group L.P. 5.74% $28.57 $1.64 11/03/16 11/14/16
C Citigroup 1.08% $59.06 $0.64 11/03/16 11/23/16
CIM Chimera Investment Corporation 11.38% $17.57 $2.00 12/28/16 01/27/17
CINF Cincinnati Financial 2.46% $78.02 $1.92 12/19/16 01/17/17
CLM Cornerstone Strategic Value Fund, Inc. 22.01% $15.47 $3.40 12/13/16 12/30/16
CM Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce 5.93% $83.70 $4.96 12/23/16 01/27/17
CMO Capstead Mortgage 8.98% $10.24 $0.92 09/28/16 10/20/16
CODI Compass Diversified Holdings 7.46% $19.30 $1.44 10/18/16 10/27/16
CRF Cornerstone Total Return Fund, Inc 22.26% $15.05 $3.35 12/13/16 12/30/16
CYS CYS Investments, Inc. 12.35% $8.10 $1.00 09/20/16 10/12/16
DFS Discover Financial Services 1.68% $71.62 $1.20 11/01/16 11/17/16
DLR Digital Realty Trust 3.82% $92.25 $3.52 12/13/16 01/13/17
DOM Dominion Resources Trust 0.00% $0.32 $0.00 05/28/15 06/09/15
DX Dynex Capital 12.12% $6.93 $0.84 10/03/16 10/31/16
EFC Ellington Financial LLC 11.04% $16.30 $1.80 11/29/16 12/15/16
EPR EPR Properties 5.38% $71.32 $3.84 11/28/16 12/15/16
FSC Fifth Street Finance 13.07% $5.51 $0.72 12/13/16 12/30/16
GAIN Gladstone Investment 9.16% $8.19 $0.75 12/16/16 12/30/16
GGN Gabelli Global Gold Natural Resources & Income Trust Com Shs Ben Int 15.14% $5.55 $0.84 01/12/17 01/24/17
GLAD Gladstone Capital 9.92% $8.47 $0.84 12/16/16 12/30/16
GOOD Gladstone Commercial 7.83% $19.15 $1.50 12/16/16 12/30/16
GOV Government Properties Income Trust 8.77% $19.61 $1.72 10/19/16 11/21/16
GS Goldman Sachs 1.10% $235.56 $2.60 11/29/16 12/29/16
HCN Welltower Inc 5.27% $65.27 $3.44 11/04/16 11/21/16
HCP HCP Inc. 4.91% $30.13 $1.48 11/08/16 11/25/16
HLSS Home Loan Servicing Solutions Ltd. 0.00% $0.67 $0.00 04/28/15 04/27/15
HTA Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. 4.12% $29.10 $1.20 12/29/16 01/10/17
HTGC Hercules Technology Growth Capital 9.12% $13.59 $1.24 11/09/16 11/21/16
HTS Hatteras Financial Corp 2.16% $16.29 $0.35 07/07/16 07/14/16
IEP Icahn Enterprises L.P. 10.04% $59.76 $6.00 11/09/16 12/19/16
IGD ING Global Equity Dividend & Premium Opportunity Fund 13.07% $6.98 $0.91 12/01/16 12/15/16
IVR Invesco Mortgage Capital 10.24% $15.62 $1.60 09/23/16 10/26/16
JMI Javelin Mortgage Investment Corp 0.00% $7.18 $0.00 03/11/16 03/28/16
JPM JP Morgan Chase 2.28% $84.07 $1.92 10/04/16 10/31/16
KCAP Kohlberg Capital 15.08% $3.98 $0.60 10/12/16 10/27/16
MAIN Main Street Capital Corp 6.09% $36.43 $2.22 12/28/16 01/13/17
MET MetLife 2.82% $56.76 $1.60 11/03/16 12/13/16
MFA MFA Mortgage Investments 10.28% $7.78 $0.80 09/26/16 10/31/16
MITT AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. 10.28% $18.49 $1.90 12/15/16 01/31/17
MPW Medical Properties Trust 7.51% $12.25 $0.92 12/06/16 01/12/17
MS Morgan Stanley 1.88% $42.64 $0.80 10/27/16 11/15/16
MTGE American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp 9.52% $16.80 $1.60 09/28/16 10/27/16
NCT Newcastle Investment Corp. 10.53% $4.56 $0.48 10/20/16 10/31/16
NLY Annaly Capital 10.13% $10.43 $1.06 09/28/16 10/31/16
NRF Northstar Realty Financial Corp 10.38% $15.41 $1.60 11/09/16 11/18/16
NYCB NY Community Bancorp 4.03% $16.89 $0.68 11/03/16 11/18/16
NYMT New York Mortgage Trust Inc 13.95% $6.88 $0.96 09/22/16 10/28/16
O Realty Income Corp 4.37% $55.45 $2.42 11/29/16 12/15/16
OAK Oaktree Capital Group LLC 6.49% $40.05 $2.60 11/03/16 11/14/16
OHI Omega HealthCare Investors Inc. 7.95% $30.71 $2.44 10/27/16 11/15/16
ORI Old Republic International Corp 4.11% $18.25 $0.75 12/01/16 12/15/16
OZM Och-Ziff Capital Management 0.00% $3.13 $0.00 11/10/15 11/20/15
PCL Plum Creek Timber 0.00% $36.54 $0.00 11/10/15 11/30/15
PHK Pimco High Income Fund Com Shs 13.24% $9.38 $1.24 12/08/16 01/03/17
PMT Pennymac Mortgage Investment Trust 11.28% $16.67 $1.88 10/05/16 10/27/16
PNC PNC Financial 1.95% $112.67 $2.20 10/13/16 11/05/16
PNNT Pennantpark Investment Corp 14.55% $7.70 $1.12 12/20/16 01/03/17
PRU Prudential Financial 2.65% $105.47 $2.80 11/18/16 12/15/16
PSEC Prospect Capital Corporation 12.35% $8.10 $1.00 12/28/16 01/19/17
PWE Penn West Petroleum Ltd 0.00% $1.80 $0.00 09/28/15 10/15/15
ROYT Pacific Coast Oil Trust 0.00% $1.19 $0.00 01/04/16 01/13/16
RSO Resource Capital 18.67% $9.00 $1.68 09/28/16 10/28/16
RY Royal Bank of Canada 4.97% $66.75 $3.32 01/24/17 02/24/17
SAN Banco Santander, S.A. 3.00% $5.04 $0.15 10/13/16 11/14/16
SBR Sabine Royalty Trust 4.79% $36.25 $1.74 12/13/16 12/29/16
SDT SandRidge Mississippian Trust 15.16% $1.43 $0.22 11/08/16 11/25/16
SNH Senior Housing Properties Trust 8.40% $18.57 $1.56 10/19/16 11/17/16
STWD Starwood Property Trust 8.66% $22.18 $1.92 12/28/16 01/13/17
TCAP Triangle Capital Corp 9.62% $18.71 $1.80 12/05/16 12/21/16
TCRD THL Credit, Inc. 10.40% $10.38 $1.08 12/13/16 12/30/16
TD Toronto-Dominion Bank 4.50% $48.84 $2.20 01/06/17 01/31/17
TICC TICC Capital Corp 16.57% $7.00 $1.16 12/14/16 12/30/16
TRV Travelers Co. 2.27% $117.99 $2.68 12/07/16 12/30/16
TWGP Tower Group, Inc. 0.00% $2.23 $0.00 09/05/13 09/20/13
USB U.S. Bancorp 2.18% $51.36 $1.12 09/28/16 10/17/16
VTR Ventas, Inc. 4.69% $62.20 $2.92 09/13/16 09/30/16
WFC Wells Fargo 2.65% $57.28 $1.52 11/02/16 12/01/16
WMC Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp 11.20% $11.07 $1.24 09/30/16 10/25/16
WPC W.P. Carey Inc. 6.65% $59.52 $3.96 09/29/16 10/14/16

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

** Dividend yield is calculated from Dividend Payout and previous day’s closing price.

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