When it comes to dividend-oriented ETFs, advisors have many choices. But if you are looking for a domestic portfolio of dividend growth stocks -- one that includes only stocks that have posted higher shareholder payments for a specific number of years -- your choices shrink to a handful.

The requisite number of years of rising dividends varies among ETFs, from five to 25, depending on the rules of the underlying index. The longer a company has increased its dividend, the more wedded it is to that policy -- but at the other end of the spectrum, dividend newbies are more likely to provide hefty increases in the early years of dividend payments.

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