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DEFINITION of 'Equity Income'

1. Dividend income that is earned through an investment in stocks (equity).

2. A type of mutual fund that invests in high-quality companies with a reliable history of dividend payments and growth in the dividend rate.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Equity Income'

1. Dividend paying stocks are usually those of large, well-established companies that are favored by moderately conservative investors and/or those seeking current income.

2. In the mutual fund context, the investment objective will be a combination of generating both moderate current dividend income and moderate capital appreciation.

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