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These 14 funds are the cheapest to own for a brief stint.

The usual reason for buying a dividend-rich fund is to get income for retirement. But exchange-traded funds can also be used for speculation. One way to bet on a downward blip in interest rates, for example, is to own a fund that owns high-yielding, rate-sensitive stocks.

The big products in the dividend category are from Vanguard: its Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) and its High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM). But they aren’t the cheapest. Edging them out in the cost comparison are Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity (SCHD) and iShares Core High Dividend (HDV).

The cost shown assumes a $10,000 position bought, held for three months and then sold. It reflects the fund’s expense ratio, its cost offset from securities lending and the bid/ask spread.

There’s a separate grouping here for “factor” funds, which aim to capture a market-beating return by owning shares with such supposedly favorable attributes as low volatility or positive momentum.

3-month Holding Cost*
Liquidity Score
Ticker Exchange-traded fund
Dividend
SCHD Schwab US Dividend Equity $4.35 A
HDV iShares Core High Dividend 4.40 A
VIG Vanguard Dividend Appreciation 4.73 A
VYM Vanguard High Dividend Yield 4.74 A
SPYD SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 High Div 5.22 A
DGRO iShares Core Dividend Growth 5.69 A
Factor
USMV iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA 5.56 A
MTUM iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Fctr 5.92 A
QUAL iShares Edge MSCI USA Quality Factor 6.77 A
GSLC Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta US LgCp Eq 6.92 B
RSP PowerShares S&P 500 Equal Weight 7.07 A
SPLV PowerShares S&P 500 Low Volatility 8.50 A
SPHB PowerShares S&P 500 High Beta 9.23 A
PRFZ PowerShares FTSE RAFI US 1500 Sm-Mid 9.89 B

*Cost of a $10,000 position held for three months. Reflects bid/ask spread, expense ratio and cost offset from securities lending.

Data sources: Morningstar, Bloomberg, fund distributors

For the rankings by ten-year holding costs, see Best ETFs: Dividend Funds and Best ETFs: Factor Funds.

For links to short-term rankings in other categories, see Best ETFs for Trading.

Originally published at Forbes

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