As a portfolio is being built, it’s important to consider the strategy or type of exchange traded funds (ETFs) to have in play. One issue to consider is whether it’s better to have dividend or growth in your portfolio.

Investors looking for dividend-paying stocks will encounter the argument that “growth” stocks may be better than those paying dividends, remarks John Jagerson for Learning Markets. (Read about how dividends can help).

Dividend-paying stocks, however, have usually outperformed major growth indexes as a result of lower volatility returns. For example, the Dow Jones Select Dividend Index has outperformed the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 by almost 100% in the last 10 years.

Jagerson commented that an investor does not need to decide on a dividend-paying portfolio over a growth-oriented portfolio. A reasonable alternative may be a combination of the two.

You could take the time to scrounge up individual stocks that pay dividends, but you may also consider ETFs as an easy way to gain exposure to dividend-paying stocks. (Read about strategies to rebuild your portfolio).