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High-Dividend ETFs Are Having a Moment

When markets plummet like they have this year, investors want to grab onto something that isn’t in free-fall.

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When markets plummet like they have this year, investors want to grab onto something—anything—that isn’t in free-fall. High-dividend exchange-traded funds, with their exposures to the energy and utilities sectors, have emerged as a rare bright spot, or at least a less-dim one. They’ve seen $25 billion in inflows already, which is a record—one that could double by the end of the year.