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The Best Dividend Funds

These dividend ETFs and mutual funds earn high ratings from Morningstar.

Securities In This Article
Invesco Diversified Dividend Y
Fidelity High Dividend ETF
BlackRock Equity Dividend Instl
Franklin U.S. Low Volatility Hi Div ETF
Invesco Dividend Income R5

Dividend stocks are the Dolly Parton of investing: Everyone seems to like them.

Many retirees rely (at least somewhat) on the regular income that dividend stocks generate. Nonretirees, meanwhile, enjoy “getting paid to wait”—which means collecting regular income from quarterly dividends while holding on for stock price appreciation.

After a tough 2023, the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index (a collection of quality stocks with stable dividends) so far has spent 2024 lagging the broad-based Morningstar US Market Index, reporting performance of 6.93% versus 14.42%.

Reports Morningstar’s chief US market strategist David Sekera: “High-dividend-paying stocks have struggled to keep up with the broader equity market thus far this year. The surge in stock prices for companies tied to artificial intelligence has boosted the overall index averages, while rising interest rates have tempted some income-seeking investors to reallocate into fixed income.”

21 Best Dividend ETFs and Mutual Funds

Investors interested in getting exposure to dividend stocks through a managed product can pick among many dividend exchange-traded funds and mutual funds.

These mutual funds and ETFs focus on US dividend stocks and had at least one share class that earned top Morningstar Medalist Ratings of Silver or Gold with 100% analyst coverage as of June 20, 2024.

  1. BlackRock Equity Dividend MADVX
  2. Capital Group Dividend Value ETF CGDV
  3. ClearBridge Dividend Strategy LCBOX
  4. Columbia Dividend Income CDIRX
  5. Fidelity High Dividend ETF FDVV
  6. FlexShares Quality Dividend ETF QDF
  7. Franklin U.S. Low Volatility High Dividend ETF LVHD
  8. Invesco Diversified Dividend LCEYX
  9. Invesco Dividend Income FSIUX
  10. Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF SCHD
  11. SPDR S&P Dividend ETF SDY
  12. T. Rowe Price Dividend Growth PRDGX
  13. T. Rowe Price Dividend Growth ETF TDVG
  14. Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF VIG
  15. Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index VDADX
  16. Vanguard Dividend Growth VDIGX
  17. Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF VYM
  18. Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index VHYAX
  19. WisdomTree U.S. LargeCap Dividend ETF DLN
  20. WisdomTree U.S. MidCap Dividend ETF DON
  21. WisdomTree U.S. SmallCap Dividend ETF DES

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High-Dividend Stocks vs. Dividend-Growth Stocks

Most funds on our list of the best dividend ETFs and mutual funds take one of two approaches to investing.

The first group invests in high-dividend stocks. High-dividend stocks typically come from more mature businesses that choose to pay out profits rather than reinvest them. Investors will often find these companies in the financials, energy, utilities, and industrials sectors. High-dividend stocks come with tantalizing yields but carry some risk. Most notably, high-dividend stocks in economically sensitive sectors may be vulnerable during an economic slowdown. Moreover, high-yielding stocks can face interest-rate risk: When rates trend up, investors may swap high-income-producing stocks for bonds.

The second group of names on our list of the best dividend ETFs and mutual funds focuses on dividend-growth stocks. Dividend-growth stocks don’t usually boast robust yields like high-dividend stocks do, but they come from companies that are usually financially healthy and that have raised their dividends over time. As such, dividend-growth stocks generally exhibit some resilience during market downturns and economic slowdowns.

When researching dividend-stock mutual funds and ETFs, be sure to understand which approach the fund takes. You can find this information in a Morningstar fund or ETF report on Look under the Fund Analysis tab.

Do Investors Need Dividend ETFs or Mutual Funds?

Dividend-paying companies are often larger firms whose stocks are popular holdings among large-cap mutual funds and ETFs. As a result, investors who own large-cap funds may already hold a sizable position in dividend stocks. For example, Vanguard Dividend Appreciation and the broad-based large-cap Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF VTI share the same two top holdings: Microsoft MSFT and Apple AAPL.

That doesn’t mean investors shouldn’t add a dividend fund to their portfolios if they already have exposure to large-company stocks. However, investors should be aware of what adding a dividend-stock fund may do to the complexion of their current portfolio mix.

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How to Find More of the Best Dividend ETFs and Mutual Funds for the Long Term

Given their high Morningstar Medalist Ratings, we expect the top-rated mutual funds and ETFs on our list to outperform over a full market cycle.

That being said, investors may want to expand their search for dividend-stock funds beyond this list, using parameters that matter to them. Here are two additional ways to find dividend ETFs and mutual funds to investigate further.

  • Some investors may prefer a list of highly rated funds that invest in dividend stocks around the globe, not just in US names. Using the Morningstar Investor Screener, select Investment Type (either ETF or Mutual Fund), enter the Keyword dividend in the Search Securities section, set Asset Class to International Equity, and check both Gold and Silver beneath Morningstar Medalist Rating.
  • Want to find a complete list of dividend-stock ETFs or mutual funds available today, not just those with our highest Medalist Ratings? Using the Morningstar Investor Screener tool, select Investment Type (either ETF or Mutual Fund) and enter the Keyword dividend in the Search Securities section.

The author or authors do not own shares in any securities mentioned in this article. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.

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