dividend-etfsDividend ETF's with the highest distribution

ETF's are exchange traded funds. They replicate an index of stocks in a efficient and cheap way. With the purchase of an ETF, an investor is investing in a basket of shares. There are more and more ETF's on the market investing in "high dividend stocks". The ETF's are investing in the stocks of the relative stock-index, earning the dividends these companies pay and distribute these dividends to the investors of the funds on a regularly basis.  In this article you find the dividend-etfs with the highest dividend available on US-exchanges.

Investment success of those strategies depends on the quality of the index the ETF is replicating. The composition of the index defines which equities the ETF contains. While some ETFs were able to deliver high distributions and an increase in the funds value, others lagged to show sustainable investment performance. High dividends alone are no guaranty for performance if the stocks in the relevant index are lagging behind the general stock-market.

This list contains ETF's with a distribution yield higher than 5% on dividend-stocks, preferred shares and MLP's.

(for information purpose only, no buy-recommendation. As of 2013-04-08 via finviz.com/screener.ashx)


Name Dividend Yield Ticker Exchange Avg Volume
ALPS Alerian MLP ETF 5.71%  AMLP NYSE 3.08M
SPDR S&P International Dividend  6.3% DWX  NYSE  193K
SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend 5.83%  EDIV  NYSE  146K
First Trust STOXX Euro Select Div Idx  5.04%  FDD NYSE 40K
Arrow Dow Jones Global Yield ETF  7.94% GYLD NYSE 31K
PowerShares KBW Hi Div Yield Financial  7.96% KBWD NYSE 84K
Guggenheim S&P Global Dividend Opps Idx  7.19% LVL NYSE 56K
iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index  5.80% PFF NYSE 1.6M
Market Vectors Pref Secs ex Fincls ETF 5.97% PFXF NYSE 83K
PowerShares Financial Preferred  6.24%  PGF NYSE 439K
PowerShares Preferred  6.35% PGX NYSE 1.1M
SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock  6.29% PSK NYSE 71K
Global X SuperDividend ETF  7.07% SDIV NYSE 337K