Investor fears of an inverted yield curve sent the markets on a volatile ride in March, which poses a challenge for investors, particularly those who want to satiate their appetite for yield via exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that offer dividends.

Fears of a global economic slowdown was compounded by market noise of an inverted yield curve blaring from the bond community. The short-term 3-month and longer-term 10-year yield curve inversion has been the prime focus the past week–an event that hasn’t been seen since 2007–just ahead of the financial crisis.

The spread between the 3-month and 10-year notes fell below 10 basis points for the first time in over a decade. This strong recession indicator contrasted a more upbeat central bank, but investors were quick to sense the cautiousness.

The inversion came after the central bank decided to keep interest rates unchanged last month. In move that was widely anticipated by most market experts, the Federal Reserve elected to keep rates unchanged, holding its policy rate in a range between 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent.

In addition, the central bank alluded to no more rate hikes for the rest of 2019 after initially forecasting two in December of last year. Four rate hikes came during the 2018–the last of which was during the peak of fourth quarter sell-offs in U.S. equities.

In this current market landscape, what are the best ETFs for dividend yields thus far this year?

As investors become more strategic in their capital allocation, check out these 15 best performing dividend yield ETF options YTD, as of April 24, 2019:

SymbolNameDividend YieldAUMAvg Volume
XNTKNYSE Technology ETF24.31%$441,320.3529,175
MORLETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN20.45%$428,665.44244,059
KFYPKraneShares CSI China Five Year Plan ETF20.16%$4,403.985,168
COMGGraniteShares S&P GSCI Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF19.03%$7,064.022,270
AMZAInfraCap MLP ETF18.60%$487,656.86795,325
BUYNUSCF SummerHaven SHPEN Index Fund17.83%$1,005.17281
AMJLCredit Suisse X-Links Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Alerian MLP Index ETN14.35%$13,107.7810,457
BUYUSCF SummerHaven SHPEI Index Fund13.34%$2,131.48478
LBDCETRACS 2xLeveraged Long Wells Fargo Business Development Company Index ETN12.43%$5,668.081,152
BDCLUBS E-TRACS 2x Leveraged Wells Fargo Business Development Company ETN12.28%$199,162.1695,673
EEMOInvesco S&P Emerging Markets Momentum ETF11.73%$7,281.972,157
ZMLPDirexion Zacks MLP High Income Shares11.64%$51,754.5719,765
MLPZETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged S&P MLP Index ETN11.46%$29,125.28624
MLPQETRACS 2xMonthly Leveraged Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index ETN11.45%$81,190.3434,032
REMLCredit Suisse X-Links Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN11.16%$89,149.0337,590

List as of April 22, 2019 via ETFdb.

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