This shift to higher dividends has also occurred before. In the 19th century when almost all returns came from dividend income, “the stock price stayed relatively steady,” economic historian Peter Rousseau of Vanderbilt University said in the article. “Equities in the 19th century functioned much like bonds do today, except that the dividends fluctuated much more.”

Some dividend ETFs:

  • iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund (NYSEArca: DVY) 3.49% yield
  • iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (NYSEArca: HDV) 3.28% yield
  • SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY) 3.14% yield
  • Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund (NYSEArca: VYM) 2.97% yield
  • Vanguard Dividend Appreciation (NYSEArca: VIG) 2.08% yield
  • WisdomTree Dividend Top 100 Fund (NYSEArca: DTN) 4.57% yield

For more information on dividends, visit our dividend ETFs category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.

Full disclosure: Tom Lydon’s clients own DVY.

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