Three exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been top performers in 2017 based on year-to-date returns and dividend yield. These ETFs exclusively buy U.S. equities and may also consider projected growth in their investment strategy. As of November 1, 2017 these three ETFs provided reliable returns, with high dividends through traditional investment allocations in U.S. equities.

These selections are intended to be considered as part of a stable and diversified portfolio. That said, in the event any of these ETFs start performing poorly, investors can easily sell shares and seek other opportunities.

Data is as of November 1, 2017.

WisdomTree U.S. Dividend Growth Fund (DGRW)

Issuer: WisdomTree

Price: $39.22

Average Volume: 185,136

YTD Return: 20.80%

Annual Dividend Yield: 2.65%

Assets Under Management: $1,735,587,000

Fee: 0.28%

DGRW seeks high income through investment in U.S. dividend paying growth stocks. The Fund uses an index replication strategy. It seeks to track the performance of the WisdomTree U.S. Quality Dividend Growth Index.

iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO)

Issuer: iShares

Price: $33.24

Average Volume: 361,786

YTD Return: 16.90%

Annual Dividend Yield: 2.02%

Assets Under Management: $2,317,277,000

Fee: 0.08%

DGRO seeks high income by investing in dividend paying U.S. equities. The Fund uses an index replication strategy to match the returns of the Morningstar U.S. Dividend Growth Index. Investments are broadly allocated across industries with information technology as the top sector at 18%.

Guggenheim Dow Jones Industrial Average Dividend ETF (DJD)

Issuer: Guggenheim

Price: $32.72

Average Volume: 5,482

YTD Return: 15.64%

Annual Dividend Yield: 2.66%

Assets Under Management: $11,439,000

Fee: 0.30%

DJD seeks high income by investing in companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Yield Weighted Index. The index replication strategy allows the Fund to closely match the returns of the Index. The Index is yield weighted giving higher weight to Dow Jones Industrial Average companies paying higher dividends.

Bottom Line

Investors who want to make profits over time may consider stocks that grow in value and provide income in the form of dividends. (See also: Why Dividends Matter.) The three ETFs on this list are considered top-tier because of their ability to provide both growth and income.

While some high flyers may outperform for short periods, top ETFs provide long-term investors with opportunities that can produce results for many years. (See also: 5 High-Dividend Paying ETFs for Income-Focused Investors.)

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