Both VNQ and IYR are ETFs. VNQ has a lower 5-year return than IYR (8.16% vs 8.51%). VNQ has a lower expense ratio than IYR (0.12% vs 0.42%). Below is the comparison between VNQ and IYR.

Segment Equity: U.S. Real Estate Equity: U.S. Real Estate
Issuer BlackRock Vanguard
Net Assets $4.53B $35.29B
Expense Ratio 0.42% 0.12%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Dividend Yield 2.84% 3.41%
Underlying Index Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index MSCI US REIT Index
YTD Return 25.20% 25.73%
1-Year Return 14.62% 14.48%
3-Year Return 7.69% 5.74%
5-Year Return 8.51% 8.16%
10-Year Return 12.77% 13.40%

VNQ description

The Fund seeks to provide a high level of income and moderate long-term capital appreciation. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the MSCI US REIT Index. The Index is composed of stocks of publicly traded equity real estate investment trusts (known as REITs).

VNQ returns

YTD Return 25.73%
1-Month Return 3.75%
3-Month Return 7.14%
1-Year Return 14.48%
3-Year Return 5.74%
5-Year Return 8.16%
10-Year Return 13.40%
VNQ expense ratio is 0.12%.

VNQ holdings

Top 10 Holdings (41.79% of Total Assets)

Name Symbol % Assets
Vanguard Real Estate II Index VRTPX 11.1%
American Tower Corp AMT 6.75%
Crown Castle International Corp CCI 4.06%
Prologis Inc PLD 3.78%
Simon Property Group Inc SPG 3.69%
Equinix Inc EQIX 3.05%
Public Storage PSA 2.8%
Welltower Inc WELL 2.36%
AvalonBay Communities Inc AVB 2.1%
Equity Residential EQR 2.1%

IYR description

The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones US Real Estate Index. Uses a representative sampling strategy. Component firms include hotel and resort firms and REIT's.

IYR returns

YTD Return 25.20%
1-Month Return 3.43%
3-Month Return 7.24%
1-Year Return 14.62%
3-Year Return 7.69%
5-Year Return 8.51%
10-Year Return 12.77%
IYR expense ratio is 0.42%.

IYR holdings

Top 10 Holdings (37.80% of Total Assets)

Name Symbol % Assets
American Tower Corp AMT 7.89%
Crown Castle International Corp CCI 4.67%
Prologis Inc PLD 4.29%
Simon Property Group Inc SPG 4.23%
Equinix Inc EQIX 3.56%
Public Storage PSA 3.07%
Welltower Inc WELL 2.84%
Equity Residential EQR 2.46%
AvalonBay Communities Inc AVB 2.45%
SBA Communications Corp SBAC 2.34%
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