Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) has provided a steadier dividend growth pattern than three other volume leading dividend ETFs: Vanguard High Dividend Yield (VYM), iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend (DVY) and SDPR S&P 1500 Dividend Aristocrats (SDY); and a better growth pattern than the S&P 500 index (SPY).
The chart plots the dividend amounts paid per period by each fund over five years.
As a general rule we prefer to own selected individual stocks within the large-cap, U.S. dividend universe, although we have owned each of the funds listed here at one time or another.
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