“Companies may be only just beginning to catch on to the fact that investors are keenly interested in dividend-paying stocks,” Martin Adams said in a report.

Additionally, potential investors need to be aware that President Barack Obama is calling for higher taxes on dividends. Households earning over $250,000 a year would have to pay almost 40% next year on dividends, compared to the top income rate of 35%, Reuters reports.

U.S. dividend ETFs include:

  • First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders Index Fund (NYSEArca: FDL)
  • First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund ETF (NYSEArca: FVD)
  • iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index ETF (NYSEArca: DVY)
  • iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HDV)
  • PowerShares ETF Trust Dividend Achievers Portfolio (NYSEArca: PFM)
  • PowerShares High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers Portfolio (NYSEArca: PEY)
  • Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF (NYSEArca: SCHD)
  • SPDR S&P Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NYSEArca: SDY)
  • Russell Equity Income ETF (NYSEArca: EQIN)
  • Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG)
  • Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM)
  • WisdomTree Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DHS)
  • WisdomTree Total Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DTD)
  • WisdomTree LargeCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DLN)
  • WisdomTree MidCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DON)
  • WisdomTree SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DES)
  • WisdomTree Dividend ex-Financials Fund (NYSEArca: DTN)

Some international dividend ETFs:

  • EGShares Low Volatility Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: HILO)
  • First Trust Dow Jones Global Select Dividend Index Fund (NYSEArca: FGD)
  • First Trust STOXX Euro Select Dividend Index Fund (NYSEArca: FDD)
  • Global X SuperDividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDIV)
  • Guggenheim ABC High Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: ABCS)
  • Guggenheim Multi-Asset Income ETF (NYSEArca: CVY)
  • Guggenheim S&P Global Dividend Opportunities Index ETF (NYSEArca: LVL)
  • Guggenheim International Multi-Asset Income ETF (NYSEArca: HGI)
  • iShares Dow Jones International Select Dividend Income Fund (NYSEArca: IDV)
  • PowerShares ETF Trust International Dividend Achievers Portfolio (NYSEArca: PID)
  • SPDR S&P International Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DWX)
  • SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: EDIV)
  • WisdomTree DEFA Fund (NYSEArca: DWM)
  • WisdomTree DEFA Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DTH)
  • WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DEM)
  • WisdomTree Emerging Markets SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DGS)
  • WisdomTree Global Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DEW)
  • WisdomTree Global ex-US Utility Fund (NYSEArca: DBU)
  • WisdomTree International Dividend ex – Financials (NYSEArca: DOO)
  • WisdomTree International LargeCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DOL)
  • WisdomTree International MidCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DIM)
  • WisdomTree International SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DLS)
  • WisdomTree Australia Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: AUSE)
  • WisdomTree Europe SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DFE)
  • WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DFJ)
  • WisdomTree Middle East Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: GULF)

For more information on dividend payers, visit our dividend ETF category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.