Income investors are no doubt aware of the dividend aristocrats and the benefits that come from investing in them. Aristocrats have historically beaten the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) over the long term, by several percent a year over the past 10 years, while doing so with less risk.
Two of the biggest ETFs targeting the dividend aristocrats are the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (BATS:NOBL) and the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:SDY). These two funds account for nearly $20 billion in investor money and both have rewarded shareholders with 5-star performance. Despite their similarities and high correlations to each other, there is enough differentiation between the two that investors shouldn't automatically assume that the two are interchangeable. In this article, I'm going to examine these two funds to see if either carries an advantage over the other.
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