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With Treasury interest rates expected to stay at near-zero levels for the foreseeable future, many investors have found it challenging to secure meaningful yields from asset classes that were once the core of income strategies. While finding high-yielding investments is a difficult task, it certainly isn’t impossible. There are dozens of dividend ETFs (and ETNs) that offer potential for some big payouts [check out Dividend.com's Money Management Tips Center].

From ETFs linked to dividend-weighted indexes to those that screen components by consistency of distributions, the choices are numerous–and increasingly popular [see 25 Dividend ETFs For Yield Hungry Investors].

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Now leading the change of economic turnaround in the US, real estate investments were the first to be crushed in the financial crisis. Housing prices are going up for the first time in 5 years, bringing REITs back into the investment spotlight. These real estate investment firms exist in over 20 different countries around the world, allowing investors to make potentially lucrative plays on housing in both emerging and developed markets. Those looking for current income should not shy away from this market; these securities must pay out 90% of their income to shareholders in order to avoid taxation at the corporate level. Below we outline 5 REIT ETFs that already have outstanding dividend yields [see also 8% Yield ETFdb Portfolio].

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For investors looking to generate current returns from the equity portion of their portfolio, there is no shortage of exchange-traded products offering attractive dividend yields in the current environment. From ETFs linked to dividend-weighted indexes to those that focus on companies with stellar distribution histories to simply sector-specific funds in high yield corners of the [...]

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December continued the impressive wave of product innovation that has become expected of the ETF industry. Various issuers introduced first-to-market products and continued the impressive expansion of the exchange-traded product pipeline. After starting with a flurry of activity, product launches slowed in the second half of the month leading up to the holiday season. Still, [...]

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After the product development front slowed for much of October and November, the last week has seen a tremendous surge in activity as nearly two dozen new ETPs have begun trading. Continuing this impressive blitz of new products, PowerShares rolled out four new ETFs offering exposure to various corners of the financial sector on Thursday. [...]

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The month of September brought an unexpected but very welcome rally in stock markets, as many equity ETFs enjoyed their best month of the year. September also set a number of records from the product development perspective in the ETF industry; more than two dozen new funds from a handful of different issuers hit the [...]

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PowerShares seems ready to continue the expansion of its product lineup, recently filing for approval on four new funds. Each of the proposed ETFs would seek to replicate indexes maintained by KBW, which is already behind several ETFs offered by State Street. The funds detailed in the recent SEC filing include:

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