Which dividend appreciation ETF would you hold for the long term? VIG (Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF) or SDY (SPDR S&P Dividend ETF) Both are very liquid ETFs, hold blue-chip companies which have an history of increasing their dividend year after year. VIG has a very low expense ratio of .18% versus .35% for SDY, but VIG's dividend is only around 2.1% versus 3.2% for SDY. SDY is a little bit more expensive to hold but its dividend leaves VIG in the dust. With regards to capital appreciation, VIG seems more volatile and should do better for long term hold (assuming the stock trends upwards in the long term: 25+ years). I would expect SDY to do better in terms of dividend, but worst in terms of capital appreciation. Which one would you hold in the long run and why? Any thoughts of other dividend appreciation etfs?