4 Best Mutual Funds for Dividend Investors
Dividends have accounted for some 40% of overall U.S. market returns, so don't miss out.
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T. Rowe Price Dividend Growth (PRDGX, yield 1.3%) owns stocks that have ample capacity to deliver higher dividends. These big and sturdy businesses should also keep chugging along through good times and bad. The mutual fund’s expense ratio of 0.64% isn’t the lowest, but it’s below average in its category. (Prices and yields are as of September 30.)
Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD, $42, 3.1%) pays more income than the average U.S. stock fund, but it doesn’t take excessive risks. The fund tracks an index of high-quality companies that have paid dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. An expense ratio of 0.07% a year makes it the cheapest dividend-focused ETF you can buy.
iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV, $81, 3.7%) holds a big chunk of its assets in energy and consumer stocks. The ETF also owns plenty of health care and technology stocks, adding some growth potential to the mix. The fund charges 0.08% per year.
iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (PFF, $39, 5.6%) won’t deliver big gains. But its yield crushes the payouts of most common stocks. About two-thirds of its distributions count as qualified dividends, meaning investors pay top federal income tax rates of just 15% or 20%. For more about holding preferreds, see 4 Good Preferred Stocks Yielding 6% or More.