The distribution yield applies only to mutual funds and ETFs. It is the ratio of all the distributions a fund paid in the past 12 months divided by the current share price of the fund.
There is a major difference between the distribution yield and the dividend yield. The dividend yield will show you the percentage of the share price an investor received as dividends. The distribution yield, on the other hand, includes two components: dividends and capital gains.
The distribution yield will include all of the following types of distributions:
- Non-qualified Dividends
- Qualified Dividends
- Tax-free income dividends
- Interest income dividends
- Foreign dividends
- Domestic dividends
- Capital gains dividends
- Long-term capital gains dividends
- Short-term capital gains dividends
- Mid-term capital gains dividends
- Return-of-capital dividends
- Special Dividends
Distribution Yield = All distributions of the fund in the trailing twelve months / price