5 Low-Risk Dividend Funds — and 3 Aggressive High-Yield ETFs

Stick with some 'safer' yields, or go for the gusto

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Low-Risk Dividend Fund #1: Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF 

Vanguard mutual funds 401(k)Expense ratio: 0.13%
1-Year Return:
16% vs. 19% for the S&P 500
Dividend Yield:
Net Assets:
$13 billion
Top Holdings:
Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP)

Roughly 25% of the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSE:VIG) is allocated in consumer staples, so don’t expect a lot of jump to shares. That could be a good thing, however, for dividend investors concerned with capital preservation as much as getting paid. The yield is a bit lower at 2.3%, but the rock-bottom expense ratio ensures you’re not paying too much to the fund manager here. The low cost comes from a hard peg to the Dividend Achievers Select Index instead of active management.

For more info, visit this ETF’s page on Vanguard’s website.

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