When I go to Target or Hy-Vee, there are many different products to compare. There is a bread aisle, a salty snack aisle, a produce section and various canned goods. Comparing them can be time consuming unless they are side-by-side on the shelf. Comparing different stores can be even more time-consuming and difficult.
The same is true of investments. When you look at a new ETF, it helps to be able to compare it with other ETFs and have one place to do that quickly. ETFreplay does a nice job of providing several free tools. The “Charts” feature lets you compare five different ETFs over different time frames.
Because I often recommend VYM, SCHD, DVY and HDV, it is helpful to compare those with SPY. SPY is the SPDR® S&P 500 ETF. In other words, it mimics the S&P 500 index, which is a good one for long-term investors to watch.
Here are the three-year and ten-year comparisons (see the link for ETFreplay below):
Ten Year History Comparison