Dividend ETFs: Aristocrats and Achievers | ETF Trends

In this day and age of low, low yields, investors are on the prowl for some income. One place you can find it is in dividend exchange traded funds (ETFs) – especially in the cream of the crop: aristocrats and achievers.

Beyond the regular type of dividend-paying companies – some years, paying dividends, other years boosting them, sometimes reducing them – there are two types that stand in a class all their own, and you can play them with ETFs.

Dividend Aristocrats are companies that have consistently increased their dividends for 25 consecutive years. If they miss a dividend hike even once, they start back at zero, so this is an impressive feat. Dividend aristocrats are also prized because they tend to outperform the S&P 500 and they have lower volatility. [Listen to Our Dividend ETF Podcast.]

On this rarefied list includes such names as Exxon (XOM), Coca-Cola (KO), General Electric (GE) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).

An easy way to get exposure to these names is through SPDR S&P Dividend (NYSEArca: SDY), which according to the ETF Resume is up 5.7% in the last month and is currently yielding 3.47%.