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Where to Find Yield in ETFs


Investors can find yield in ETFs tracking real estate, closed-end funds, dividend stocks and preferred shares with funds that are throwing off income of more than 6%.

“Low yields on Treasuries and high-quality bonds are pushing income investors to take on more risk in search of yield,” writes Russ Krull at The Motley Fool.

“A number of high-yielding exchange traded funds are cranking out juicy yields and a little digging into the fund assets will shed some light on the risks involved,” Krull said. [Dividend ETFs: Look Before You Leap]

Based on current ETF yields, asset classes with some of the highest current yields are mortgage REITS, closed-end funds, international stocks and preferred stocks. [Mortgage REIT ETFs Yielding Over 10%]

An ETF comprised of closed-end funds is an alternative for income-seeking investors. PowerShares CEF Income Composite (PCEF) gives investors the best of both worlds–the simplicity of an ETF with the yield of a basket of CEFs. [Consider this ETF for Steady Income]

In preferred stock ETFs, PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (PGX) and PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio (PGF) are yielding more than 6%. [What is an ETF? — Part 21: Preferred Stocks]

In dividend ETFs, SPDR S&P International Dividend (DWX) offers a yield of nearly 7%. [International Dividend ETFs]

The table below from The Motley Fool lists the five highest-yielding ETFs with more than $300 million in assets:

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