A Cost-Effective ETF Option for High Dividend Stocks

Over the long-term, high-quality dividend-paying stock exchange traded funds could produce outperforming results. The iShares Core High Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: HDV) is one ETF that can position investors for years of consistent, dependable dividends.

HDV, which tracks high-quality U.S. companies that have been screened for financial health and relatively high dividends, is chock full of dependable dividend sector and groups that, in recent years, have displayed favorable dividend growth traits. For example, consumer staples and healthcare names combine for over 35% of the ETF’s weight.

Stocks with steady dividend yields reassure investors of a company’s strong financial health. Additionally, dividend-paying stocks typically outperform those that do not pay over the long haul, with less volatility, due to the compounding effect of dividends on the investment’s overall return.

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Dividend growth as a means of trumping inflation could and arguably should serve to highlight the advantages of the ETFs that focus on dividend growth stocks. That group is comprised of well-established ETFs that emphasize dividend increase streaks as well as a new breed of funds that look for sectors chock full of stocks that have the potential to be future sources of dividend growth.


HDV “tracks the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index, a dividend-weighted index that is composed of 75 U.S.-listed stocks screened for both dividend sustainability and high earnings. Fund holdings are weighted by the amount of cash dividends paid rather than by dividend yield,” according to Investopedia.