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7 Best Mutual Funds to Collect Stock Dividends

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Some things never seem to grow old, including the love investors have for dividend stocks. There’s a good reason we love dividends. Between 1930 and 2012, they accounted for about 40% of the total return of Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, according to a Morgan Stanley study. Here are our favorite dividend-stock mutual funds—two index funds and five actively managed portfolios. The list, with one exception (Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund), is made up of funds that invest in so-called “dividend growers”—companies that consistently raise their payouts. All of the funds have one thing in common: They have been less volatile than the S&P 500 over the past one, three, five and 10 years.

All returns and data are through February 1. Click on ticker-symbol links for current prices and more.

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