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7 Dividend ETFs That Do It Differently

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Investors rely on exchange-traded funds to give them instant diversification across a wide number of strategies: growth, value, sectors, geography … and of course, dividends. Dividend ETFs such as the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) and Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM) have amassed tens of billions of dollars in assets, largely because they and similar ETFs can provide wide, simple access to large baskets of stocks at a low cost.

But sometimes, a wrinkle or two can pay, ahem, dividends.

Numerous fund providers, to battle the likes of Vanguard and iShares, have put out their own specialized dividend ETFs that go a step or two past the plain-vanilla indices. These funds look to provide income, but in smaller slivers of the market with additional benefits, such as low volatility or growth from a specific sector.


Here are seven dividend ETFs that “do it differently.” Some are starting to enjoy mainstream adoption, while others are still trying to attract meaningful assets. But each offers some sort of differentiator that may give it a performance edge.

SEE ALSO: The 15 Best ETFs for a Prosperous 2018

Data is as of July 27, 2018. Yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.


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