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7 Best Exchange-Traded Funds for Dividends



On the surface, finding a great dividend-stock fund should be a snap. The problem, though, is that, like snowflakes, no two dividend-stock funds are the same. But that didn’t deter us from our quest, and in the end we found seven superb dividend-oriented exchange-traded funds.

Each has its own approach to finding the right stocks. Some home in on dividend growers—firms that consistently raise their payouts. Others focus on certain quality measures, such as companies with strong balance sheets. Still others favor firms with a lengthy history of consistently paying dividends. And then there are a few that employ a mix of factors.


Keep in mind that a dividend strategy won’t always beat the stock market. In fact, thanks to the lackluster performance of dividend stocks since last fall, none of our ETF picks topped the 26.0% one-year return of Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. But if you’re looking for income and the additional stability that dividend-paying stocks can provide, you’ll appreciate these ETFs.

Returns are through February 21. Click on symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

Over the past three, five and 10 years, the S&P 500 delivered annualized returns of 11.1%, 14.1% and 7.3%, respectively.


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