The first dividend-themed ETF arrived on the scene just over a decade ago, when the iShares Select Dividend ETF (DVY) launched in November 2003. Within three years there were seven ETFs focused on domestic dividend stocks.

One of the seven folded its tent in 2009; the other six are still available. Now that they all have five-year performance data available, advisors can compare the group over that period. (See table below.)

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