Dividends4Life: Dividend ETFs Fit In Your Retirement Portfolio

As investors set up their retirement accounts, dividend-paying stocks and related exchange traded funds will play a large role in generating income, so that retirees won’t have to dip into their capital. While they are not the be-all and end-all investment, dividend stocks are a good option to generate income in your Golden Years. Alternative to bonds. Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasuries have almost doubled since its 2012 bottom and it remains near a three-decade long low. If rates do climb, bond fund investors will see their principle drop.

Dividend-focused ETFs. Instead of browsing through the thousands of stocks available, investors can use dividend ETFs to gain exposure to companies with attractive yields. For instance, the iShares High Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: HDV) has a 3.16% 12-month yield, Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: VYM) has a 2.83% yield and WisdomTree Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DHS) has a 3.08% yield. Additionally, there are international options, like the iShares International Select Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: IDV), which has a 4.76% yield, and the WisdomTree DEFA Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DTH), which has a 5.21% yield.

Source: ETF Trends

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