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How Much of Your ETF's Dividend Income Is Qualified?

Pick dividend ETFs that offer a high percentage of qualified dividend income to maximize aftertax investment performance.

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A version of this article was published in the March 2018 issue of Morningstar ETFInvestor.

Vanguard founder Jack Bogle has succinctly summarized the effect of fund fees: "In investing, you get what you don't pay for." The less you pay to an investment manager, the more you keep for yourself. The same goes for taxes. The less you fork over to Uncle Sam, the more you pocket. Fortunately, investors have a good amount of control over these two important factors. In this article, I'll zero in on an often overlooked source of tax costs and examine the topic of qualified dividend income, or QDI.

Adam McCullough does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.