Over the past 40 years, companies that boost payouts have proven to be less volatile than their counterparts that cut, suspended or did not initiate or raise dividends.

Dividend growth as a means of trumping inflation could and arguably should serve to highlight the advantages of the ETFs that focus on dividend growth stocks, such as DGRO.

Making DGRO all the more attractive is its paltry expense ratio of just 0.08% per year, or $8 on a $10,000 investment. BlackRock, the parent company of iShares, unveild a slew of fee cuts on iShares core ETFs in October, including DGRO.

“I believe this ETF is a great choice for a long-term investor. Equity indexes are currently too high for me to consider buying. If during the next market panic this ETF declines by about 15%, I would definitely be considering the investment,” according to Seeking Alpha.

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