This ETF is linked to the Dividend Achievers Select Index, which offers exposure to dividend paying large-cap companies that exhibit value characteristics within the U.S. equity market. Investors with a longer-term horizon should consider the importance of large cap value stocks and the benefits they can add to any well-balanced portfolio including dividends and rock solid stability. Companies within this segment are often considered some of the safest firms in the world and tend to be in more stable industries as well, potentially skewing some portfolios that are heavy in value securities. VIG is linked to an index consisting of roughly 140 holdings and exposure is tilted most heavily towards consumer, health care, and industrials. Securities are chosen for inclusion in the fund based on their history of increasing dividends; only companies that have increased payouts for at least ten consecutive years are included in the fund. Thanks to this focus, SDY only invests in companies that are most likely to continue to pay out dividends in the future making it a solid pick for dividend focused investors even if the diversification is a little lacking. However, its more generous definition of a dividend aristocrat gives it a bigger selection than SDY but also a smaller yield as well.
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