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Below is a list of the 20 best performing dividend ETFs over the past year. ETFs were ranked by 1 year performance and were required to have a 3% minimum dividend yield. One year ago, we were on the cusp of a market meltdown. Not surprisingly, since that time US treasury bonds have performed well.

Interestingly, Malaysia, a country many US investors may be unfamiliar with, made the top 10 in the form of EWM. The top performing dividend ETF has been PCY, the emerging markets sovereign debt. This indicates some willingness by investors, even the midst of global financial challenges, to look outside the US for yield. The 200-Day SMA column indicates the percent the ETF is trading above/below its current 200 day simple moving average.

Ticker Company Dividend Yield Performance (Year) YTD 200-Day SMA Trend
PCY PowerShares Emerging Mkts Sovereign Debt 6.21% 10.42% 29.49% 18.07% Click Here
MBB iShares Barclays MBS Bond 3.65% 8.96% 2.46% 1.97% Click Here
LAG SPDR Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond 3.78% 8.57% 1.76% 3.11% Click Here
CFT iShares Barclays Credit Bond 4.84% 7.89% 8.88% 9.54% Click Here
BLV Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF 5.20% 7.71% -1.84% 5.92% Click Here
SZR WisdomTree Dreyfus South African Rand 6.34% 7.20% 19.87% 14.98% Click Here
EWM iShares MSCI Malaysia Index 3.95% 7.12% 33.75% 24.27% Click Here
AGG iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond 4.17% 7.09% 1.39% 3.81% Click Here
LQD iShares iBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bond 5.38% 7.03% 4.70% 8.69% Click Here
CIU iShares Barclays Intermediate Credit Bd 4.67% 6.93% 9.26% 7.49% Click Here
TLH iShares Barclays 10-20 Year Treasury Bd 3.79% 6.82% -8.00% -0.83% Click Here
TLO SPDR Barclays Capital Long Term Treasury 4.27% 6.72% -11.05% -1.99% Click Here
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF 4.26% 6.58% 1.30% 3.18% Click Here
GBF iShares Barclays Government/Credit Bond 3.93% 6.55% 1.79% 3.73% Click Here
BIV Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF 4.45% 6.31% 1.18% 4.51% Click Here
PLW PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury 3.64% 6.19% -9.76% -1.84% Click Here
ITM Market Vectors Intermediate Muni ETF 3.65% 6.02% 7.33% 4.06% Click Here
GVI iShares Barclays Interm Govt/Credit Bond 3.80% 5.86% 0.56% 2.75% Click Here
INY SPDR Barclays Capital New York Muni Bond 3.95% 5.77% 10.50% 6.06% Click Here
IEF iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury 3.80% 5.66% -5.93% -1.31% Click Here

Date Source: FINVIZ

Disclosures: None.

Source: Top 20 Performing Dividend ETFs