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April 15, 2012:  What is the best exchange traded fund (ETF) for dividends? These days with the 10-year US Treasury Bond (Treasury Rates at a Glance) only paying 1.78%, there is much interest in getting dividends from the stock market.  To avoid individual stock risk, investors are wisely looking to ETFs for yield.   Here are some excellent choices to consider.  Send me an email if you know of any others with the same characteristics including low expense ratios.  Quick Summary in Table Form

SDY  = SPDR S&P Dividend
Category: Large Value   - Legal Type: Exchange Traded Fund
Fund Family:    State Street Global Advisors
Net Assets:    9.29B
Yield:    3.11%
Fund Inception Date:    Nov 7, 2005

Fund Summary: SPDR S&P Dividend seeks to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of an index that tracks the performance of publicly traded issuers that have historically followed a policy of making dividend payments. The fund employs a replication strategy in seeking to track the performance of the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index. It generally invests substantially all, but at least 80%, of total assets in the securities comprising the index. The fund may invest in equity securities that are not included in
the index, cash and cash equivalents or money market instruments. It is non-diversified.
PFF: = iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index 
Category: Miscellaneous Sector - Legal Type: Exchange Traded Fund    
Fund Family:    iShares  
Net Assets:    8.49B
Yield:    6.01%
Fund Inception Date:    Mar 26, 2007

Fund Summary:  The iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the "S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index." The fund generally invests at least 90% of its assets in securities of the index and in depositary receipts representing securities of the index. The index measures the performance of a select group of preferred stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Arca, Inc., NYSE Amex, NASDAQ Global Select Market, NASDAQ Select Market or NASDAQ Capital Market. PFF is non-diversified.

VOO: Vanguard S&P 500 ETF  (VOO charts and Quote)
Category: Large Blend  -  Legal Type: Exchange Traded Fund
Fund Family:    Vanguard
Net Assets:    114.20B
Yield:    1.87%
Fund Inception Date:    Sep 7, 2010

Fund Summary:  The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization stocks. The fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Standard & Poors' 500 Index, a widely recognized benchmark of U.S. stock market performance that is dominated by the stocks of large U.S. companies. It attempts to replicate the target index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in the stocks that make up the index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the index. VOO is diversified.

VTI: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF  (VTI Charts & Quote)
Category: Large Blend - Legal Type: Exchange Traded Fund
Fund Family:    Vanguard
Net Assets:    190.80B
Yield:    1.74%
Fund Inception Date:    May 23, 2001

Fund Summary:  The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of the overall stock market. The fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the MSCI US Broad Market Index, which represents approximately 99.5% or more of the total market capitalization of all the U.S. common stocks regularly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq over-the-counter market. It invests by sampling the index, meaning that it holds a broadly diversified collection of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full index in terms of key characteristics.  VTI is diversified
First look at annual expenses.  Vanguard is the leader with the lowest as of today.

Fund Yield & Expense Ratio Comparison
State Street
iShares  Vanguard
State Street Vanguard
S&P High Yield Index Preferred Stock Index S&P500 S&P500
Total Market
Expense Ratio

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