JEPI: A 12% Yielding 'Retirement Dream ETF' With A Catch


  • JEPI was the 8th most popular ETF of 2022, and its 12% yield, paid monthly, has created a firestorm of investor interest.
  • Since inception, JEPI has delivered an average yield of 9.3% and 13.4% annual returns, but with 37% less volatility than the S&P and with 50% smaller peak declines.
  • Some investors consider it a "miracle" retirement ETF, but there are important things all investors need to know before buying it.
  • According to management, JEPI is designed to deliver 5% to 8% yield over time, and 6% to 10% annual returns, 85% that of the S&P 500, with 35% lower volatility.
  • 80% to 85% of JEPI's dividends are taxed as ordinary income, which means as much as 50% of the yield could go to the IRS if owned in a taxable account where the investor is in the highest tax bracket.
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This article was published on Dividend Kings on Monday, January 23rd, 2023.


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