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Top 10 Established Dividend ETFs

#8: First Trust Morningstar Dividend Leaders ETF (FDL)

FDL follows a modified market capitalization weighted index of publicly traded companies that have shown dividend consistency and dividend sustainability. Morningstar identifies a universe of eligible companies through the application of its proprietary multi-step screening process and selects the top 100 stocks, based on dividend yield, for the index. The fund was launched in March 2006. The expense ratio is .45%. AUM equal over $476 million and average daily trading volume is over 350K shares. As of early March 2012 the annual dividend yield is 3.46% and YTD performance .57%.  The one year return was 11.95%. 

FDL Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of First Quarter 2012

  1. AT&T Inc (T): 9.94%
  2. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): 9.46%
  3. Verizon Communications Inc (VZ): 8.85%
  4. Merck & Co Inc (MRK): 8.12%
  5. ConocoPhillips (COP): 5.06%
  6. Abbott Laboratories (ABT): 4.73%
  7. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY): 3.47%
  8. Kraft Foods Inc (KFT): 3.19%
  9. Eli Lilly and Company (LLY): 3.07%
  10. Southern Co (SO): 2.65%

#7: Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) 

VIG follows the Broad Dividend Achievers Index which features constituent companies with a history of increasing dividends. It was launched in April 2004. The expense ratio is .24%. AUM equals $10 billion and an average daily trading volume of 1.3M shares. As of early March 2012 the annual dividend yield is 2.04% and YTD return 5.25%. The one year return was 6.63%.

An alternative consideration would be VYM (Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF). It follows the FTSE High Dividend Yield Index which consists of large-cap issues from global companies ex-REITs. The fund was launched in November 2006. The expense ratio is .18%. AUM equals $3 billion and average daily trading volume is roughly 530K shares. As of early March 2012 the annual dividend yield is 2.79% and YTD performance 3.80%. The one year return was 10.28%. 

VIG Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of First Quarter 2012

  1. McDonald's Corporation (MCD): 5.31%
  2. International Business Machines Corp (IBM): 4.49%
  3. Chevron Corp (CVX): 4.42%
  4. Coca-Cola Co (KO): 4.39%
  5. Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): 4.17%
  6. ConocoPhillips (COP): 4.13%
  7. Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 4.09%
  8. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT): 4.08%
  9. PepsiCo Inc (PEP): 3.98%
  10. United Technologies Corp (UTX): 3.48%

#6: WisdomTree Dividend ex-Financials ETF (DTN)

DTN index measures the performance of high dividend-yielding stocks outside the financial sector. The index consists primarily of large- and mid-capitalization companies listed on major U.S. stock exchanges that pass WisdomTree Investments market capitalization, liquidity and selection requirements. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .38%. AUM equal $1.2 billion and average daily trading volume is over 220K shares. As of early March 2012 the annual dividend yield is 3.01% and YTD performance 4.52%.  The one year return was 12.93%.

DTN Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of First Quarter 2012

  1. Frontier Communications Corp Class B (FTR): 3.36%
  2. Southern Copper Corporation (SCCO): 2.74%
  3. Windstream Corp (WIN): 2.48%
  4. CenturyLink Inc (CTL): 2.40%
  5. AT&T Inc (T): 1.71%
  6. Altria Group Inc. (MO): 1.63%
  7. Avon Products Inc (AVP): 1.63%
  8. Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT): 1.62%
  9. Lorillard, Inc. (LO): 1.53%
  10. Reynolds American Inc (RAI): 1.51%

#5: WisdomTree High Yielding Equity ETF (DHS)

DHS follows the Wisdom Tree Equity Income Index which is a fundamentally weighted index measuring the performance of companies with high dividend yields selected from the WisdomTree Dividend Index. At the index measurement date, companies within the WisdomTree Dividend Index with market capitalizations of at least $200 million and average daily trading volumes of at least $200,000 for the prior three months are ranked by dividend yield. The fund was launched in June 2006. The expense ratio is .38%. AUM equal $415 million and average daily trading volume is over 100K shares. As of early March 2012 the annual dividend yield is 3.21% and YTD performance 3.15%. The one year return was 14.44%. 

DHS Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

Data as of First Quarter 2012

  1. AT&T Inc (T): 7.68%
  2. General Electric Co (GE): 5.15%
  3. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): 4.55%
  4. Pfizer Inc (PFE): 4.41%
  5. Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 4.30%
  6. Philip Morris International, Inc. (PM): 4.24%
  7. Verizon Communications Inc (VZ): 4.00%
  8. Merck & Co Inc (MRK): 3.90%
  9. Intel Corp (INTC): 3.50%
  10. ConocoPhillips (COP): 2.78%

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