Both VNQ and VTI are ETFs. VNQ has a lower 5-year return than VTI (8.16% vs 9.58%). VNQ has a higher expense ratio than VTI (0.12% vs 0.03%). Below is the comparison between VNQ and VTI.

Segment Equity: U.S. Real Estate Equity: U.S. - Total Market
Issuer Vanguard Vanguard
Net Assets $35.29B $115.55B
Expense Ratio 0.12% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Dividend Yield 3.41% 1.81%
Underlying Index MSCI US REIT Index CRSP US Total Market Index
YTD Return 25.73% 17.84%
1-Year Return 14.48% 1.31%
3-Year Return 5.74% 12.24%
5-Year Return 8.16% 9.58%
10-Year Return 13.40% 13.36%

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%

VTI description

The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of the overall stock market. The Fund employs a "passive management" approach designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index.

VTI returns

YTD Return 17.84%
1-Month Return -2.08%
3-Month Return 6.33%
1-Year Return 1.31%
3-Year Return 12.24%
5-Year Return 9.58%
10-Year Return 13.36%
VTI expense ratio is 0.03%.

VTI holdings

Top 10 Holdings (17.58% of Total Assets)

Name Symbol % Assets
Microsoft Corp MSFT 3.48%
Apple Inc AAPL 2.78% Inc AMZN 2.68%
Facebook Inc A FB 1.57%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc B BRK.B 1.37%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 1.25%
JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM 1.17%
Exxon Mobil Corp XOM 1.1%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 1.09%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 1.09%
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