7-day free trial: Get unlimited comparisons, and stock, ETF and mutual fund analyses for just $14.95 a month, without ads. Start a free trial. Go ad free!

27 important things you should know about Vanguard BND ETF

Updated: Today
100
Bull Case
  • 3-year return above the benchmark
  • 5-year return above the benchmark
  • 10-year return above the benchmark
  • Low expense ratio
Bear Case
  • No Bear case arguments for now!

Before we start: if you’re looking for BND “stock” price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "BND quote". If you’re looking for a quick scoop on BND "stock" (price chart, key stats, buy or sell analysis and holdings), go to Finny and look for "BND". You’ll get all this info in one place.

Are you looking to buy or sell BND? Or perhaps you’re looking for BND fact sheet, and learn about its alternatives? If so, you came to the right place.

In this BND ETF review, we’ll address key questions our readers have been asking us about this fund, above and beyond what you can find in its prospectus, and on Morningstar or Yahoo Finance.

Here is what you’ll be able to find in this review:

  • Fact Sheet: BND performance, returns, expense ratio, holdings and dividend yield;
  • Analysis: BND buy or sell; the pros and cons of investing in BND ETF;
  • Alternatives: other ETFs and mutual funds you should consider as alternatives to BND.

And here is the list of questions we’ll answer:

  1. Describe Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND).
  2. What is BND underlying index?
  3. What are BND holdings?
  4. What is BND performance? What are BND historical returns?
  5. How many up and down years did BND have historically?
  6. What is BND dividend yield?
  7. What is BND expense ratio?
  8. What is BND tax efficiency (tax-cost ratio)?
  9. What is BND beta? How would you assess BND risk?
  10. What is BND Sharpe ratio?
  11. What is BND Finny Score? BND buy or sell?
  12. What are the pros of investing in BND? What are BND buy reasons?
  13. What are the cons of investing in BND? What are BND sell reasons?
  14. Compare and contrast: BND vs AGG.
  15. Compare and contrast: BND vs BNDX.
  16. Compare and contrast: BND vs VBTLX.
  17. Compare and contrast: BND vs BLV.
  18. Compare and contrast: BND vs BIV.
  19. Compare and contrast: BND vs TLT.
  20. Compare and contrast: BND vs SCHZ.
  21. Compare and contrast: BND vs VTEB.
  22. Compare and contrast: BND vs FBND.
  23. Compare and contrast: BND vs EDV.
  24. Compare and contrast: BND vs INR.
  25. Compare and contrast: BND vs LQD.
  26. Compare and contrast: BND vs USD.

So let’s start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND).

The Fund seeks to track the performance of a broad, market-weighted bond index.

2. What is BND underlying index?

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index.

3. What are BND top holdings?

BND has 0 stock holdings and 17,750 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 4.47% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Federal National Mortgage Association 3% N/A 0.61%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.5% N/A 0.59%
United States Treasury Notes 2.88% N/A 0.45%
United States Treasury Notes 2.12% N/A 0.43%
United States Treasury Notes 1.5% N/A 0.42%
United States Treasury Notes 2% N/A 0.42%
United States Treasury Notes 2.25% N/A 0.41%
United States Treasury Notes 0.62% N/A 0.38%
United States Treasury Notes 1.62% N/A 0.38%
United States Treasury Notes 3.12% N/A 0.38%

4. What is BND performance? What are BND historical returns?

BND has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -0.10%;
  • 3-month return is 0.96%;
  • 1-year return is 8.05%;
  • 3-year return is 5.25%;
  • 5-year return is 4.24%;
  • 10-year return is 3.67%.

5. How many up and down years did BND have historically?

In the last 10 years, BND had 8 up years and 2 down years.

BND up and down years

6. What is BND dividend yield?

BND yield is 2.57%.

7. What is BND expense ratio?

BND expense ratio is 0.04%. The expense ratio of a fund is the total percentage of fund assets used for administrative, management, and all other expenses.

BND expenses

8. What is BND tax efficiency (tax-cost ratio)?

  • 1-year ax cost ratio is 1.03%;
  • 3-year ax cost ratio is 1.1%.
BND tax costs

9. What is BND beta? How would you assess BND risk?

  • 3-year beta is 1.02;
  • 5-year beta is 1.04;
  • 10-year beta is 1.04;
  • 15-year beta is 1.02.
BND Beta

10. What is BND Sharpe ratio?

  • 3-year Sharpe ratio is 1.08;
  • 5-year Sharpe ratio is 0.98;
  • 10-year Sharpe ratio is 1.03;
  • 15-year Sharpe ratio is 0.97.
BND Sharpe ratio

Analysis

11. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 100. Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy and 0 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 100.

12. What are the pros of investing in BND? What are BND buy reasons?

The following are BND strengths from our perspective:

  • <strong>BND 3-year return</strong> is 5.25%, which is higher than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 5.24%.
  • <strong>BND 5-year return</strong> is 4.24%, which is higher than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 4.23%.
  • <strong>BND 10-year return</strong> is 3.67%, which is in line with the 10-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 3.73%.
  • <strong>BND expense ratio</strong> is 0.04%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

13. What are the cons of investing in BND? What are BND negatives?

There are no visible red flags.

Alternatives

14. Compare and contrast: BND vs AGG.

Both BND and AGG are ETFs. BND has a higher 5-year return than AGG (4.24% vs 4.18%). BND and AGG have the same expense ratio (0.04%). Below is the comparison between BND and AGG.

BND AGG
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade
Net Assets $52.06B $72.06B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
YTD Return 7% 6.84%
1-Year Return 8.05% 7.76%
3-Year Return 5.25% 5.13%
5-Year Return 4.24% 4.18%
10-Year Return 3.67% 3.61%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 2.54%

AGG profile: The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the United States investment grade securities markets as defined by the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index.

For further information, check out BND vs AGG comparison details.

15. Compare and contrast: BND vs BNDX.

Both BND and BNDX are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than BNDX (4.24% vs 4.32%). BND has a lower expense ratio than BNDX (0.04% vs 0.08%). Below is the comparison between BND and BNDX.

BND BNDX
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: Global Ex-U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade
Net Assets $52.06B $26.54B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.08%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index
YTD Return 7% 3.39%
1-Year Return 8.05% 2.56%
3-Year Return 5.25% 5.08%
5-Year Return 4.24% 4.32%
10-Year Return 3.67% N/A
Dividend Yield 2.57% 3.34%

BNDX profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of investment-grade bonds issued outside the United States. The Fund is designed to track the peroformance of the Barclays Capital Global Aggregate ex-USD Float-Adjusted Index.

For further information, check out BND vs BNDX comparison details.

16. Compare and contrast: BND vs VBTLX.

BND is an ETF, whereas VBTLX is a mutual fund. BND has a lower 5-year return than VBTLX (4.24% vs 4.33%). BND has a lower expense ratio than VBTLX (0.04% vs 0.05%). Below is the comparison between BND and VBTLX.

BND VBTLX
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Taxable Fixed Income: Intermediate-Term Bond
Net Assets $52.06B $107.10B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.05%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index N/A
YTD Return 7% 7.22%
1-Year Return 8.05% 7.62%
3-Year Return 5.25% 5.33%
5-Year Return 4.24% 4.33%
10-Year Return 3.67% 3.65%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 2.73%

VBTLX profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a broad, market-weighted bond index.

For further information, check out BND vs VBTLX comparison details.

17. Compare and contrast: BND vs BLV.

Both BND and BLV are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than BLV (4.24% vs 8.95%). BND has a lower expense ratio than BLV (0.04% vs 0.07%). Below is the comparison between BND and BLV.

BND BLV
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Long-Term
Net Assets $52.06B $4.95B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.07%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Long Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index
YTD Return 7% 14.83%
1-Year Return 8.05% 15.84%
3-Year Return 5.25% 10.34%
5-Year Return 4.24% 8.95%
10-Year Return 3.67% 7.68%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 3.08%

BLV profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a market-weighted bond index with a long-term dollar-weighted average maturity. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach to track the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Long Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index and invests by sampling the index.

For further information, check out BND vs BLV comparison details.

18. Compare and contrast: BND vs BIV.

Both BND and BIV are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than BIV (4.24% vs 4.96%). BND has a lower expense ratio than BIV (0.04% vs 0.07%). Below is the comparison between BND and BIV.

BND BIV
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Intermediate
Net Assets $52.06B $12.15B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.07%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 5-10 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index
YTD Return 7% 9.08%
1-Year Return 8.05% 9.99%
3-Year Return 5.25% 6.16%
5-Year Return 4.24% 4.96%
10-Year Return 3.67% 4.57%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 2.61%

BIV profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a market-weighted bond index with an intermediate-term dollar-weighted average maturity. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Barclays U.S. 5-10 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index.

For further information, check out BND vs BIV comparison details.

19. Compare and contrast: BND vs TLT.

Both BND and TLT are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than TLT (4.24% vs 8.55%). BND has a lower expense ratio than TLT (0.04% vs 0.15%). Below is the comparison between BND and TLT.

BND TLT
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. Government Treasury Long-Term
Net Assets $52.06B $18.80B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.15%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index ICE U.S. Treasury 20+ Year Bond Index
YTD Return 7% 22.02%
1-Year Return 8.05% 19.21%
3-Year Return 5.25% 11.59%
5-Year Return 4.24% 8.55%
10-Year Return 3.67% 7.78%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 1.78%

TLT profile: The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the long-term sector of the U.S. Treasury market as defined by the Barclays Capital 20+ Year Treasury Index.

For further information, check out BND vs TLT comparison details.

20. Compare and contrast: BND vs SCHZ.

Both BND and SCHZ are ETFs. BND has a higher 5-year return than SCHZ (4.24% vs 4.18%). BND and SCHZ have the same expense ratio (0.04%). Below is the comparison between BND and SCHZ.

BND SCHZ
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade
Net Assets $52.06B $7.52B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
YTD Return 7% 7%
1-Year Return 8.05% 7.92%
3-Year Return 5.25% 5.14%
5-Year Return 4.24% 4.18%
10-Year Return 3.67% N/A
Dividend Yield 2.57% 2.66%

SCHZ profile: The Fund seeks to track the total return of the Barclays Capital U.S Aggregate Bond Index. This Index measures the performance of the U.S. investment grade, taxable bond market.

For further information, check out BND vs SCHZ comparison details.

21. Compare and contrast: BND vs VTEB.

Both BND and VTEB are ETFs. BND has a higher 5-year return than VTEB (4.24% vs 3.82%). BND has a lower expense ratio than VTEB (0.04% vs 0.06%). Below is the comparison between BND and VTEB.

BND VTEB
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Municipals Investment Grade
Net Assets $52.06B $7.18B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.06%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index
YTD Return 7% 3.19%
1-Year Return 8.05% 4.35%
3-Year Return 5.25% 3.96%
5-Year Return 4.24% 3.82%
10-Year Return 3.67% N/A
Dividend Yield 2.57% 2.32%

VTEB profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment-grade segment of the U.S. municipal bond market. This Index includes municipal bonds from issuers that are primarily state or local governments or agencies whose interest is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes.

For further information, check out BND vs VTEB comparison details.

22. Compare and contrast: BND vs FBND.

Both BND and FBND are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than FBND (4.24% vs 5.07%). BND has a lower expense ratio than FBND (0.04% vs 0.36%). Below is the comparison between BND and FBND.

BND FBND
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: Global - Broad Market
Net Assets $52.06B $1.14B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.36%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index --
YTD Return 7% 7.99%
1-Year Return 8.05% 9.5%
3-Year Return 5.25% 5.78%
5-Year Return 4.24% 5.07%
10-Year Return 3.67% N/A
Dividend Yield 2.57% 2.8%

FBND profile: The Fund seeks a high level of current income. The Fund invests at least 80% of assets in debt securities of all types and repurchase agreements for those securities and uses the Barclays US Universal Bond Index as a guide in allocating assets across the investment-grade, high yield, and emerging market asset classes.

For further information, check out BND vs FBND comparison details.

23. Compare and contrast: BND vs EDV.

Both BND and EDV are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than EDV (4.24% vs 11.19%). BND has a lower expense ratio than EDV (0.04% vs 0.07%). Below is the comparison between BND and EDV.

BND EDV
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. Government Treasury Long-Term
Net Assets $52.06B $1.73B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.07%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury STRIPS 20-30 Year Equal Par Bond Index
YTD Return 7% 29.2%
1-Year Return 8.05% 24.91%
3-Year Return 5.25% 15.09%
5-Year Return 4.24% 11.19%
10-Year Return 3.67% 10.63%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 1.95%

EDV profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of an index of extended-duration zero-coupon U.S. Treasury securities. At least 80% of the Fund's assets will be invested in U.S. Treasury securities held in the Index.

For further information, check out BND vs EDV comparison details.

24. Compare and contrast: BND vs INR.

Both BND and INR are ETFs. BND has a higher 5-year return than INR (4.24% vs 3.16%). BND has a lower expense ratio than INR (0.04% vs 0.85%). Below is the comparison between BND and INR.

BND INR
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Currency: Indian Rupee
Net Assets $52.06B N/A
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.85%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index S&P Indian Rupee Total Return Index
YTD Return 7% -8.92%
1-Year Return 8.05% -1.46%
3-Year Return 5.25% -0.48%
5-Year Return 4.24% 3.16%
10-Year Return 3.67% 1.74%
Dividend Yield 2.57% N/A

For further information, check out BND vs INR comparison details.

25. Compare and contrast: BND vs LQD.

Both BND and LQD are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than LQD (4.24% vs 6.61%). BND has a lower expense ratio than LQD (0.04% vs 0.15%). Below is the comparison between BND and LQD.

BND LQD
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Corporate Investment Grade
Net Assets $52.06B $45.18B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.15%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Markit iBoxx $ Liquid Investment Grade Index
YTD Return 7% 8.14%
1-Year Return 8.05% 11.05%
3-Year Return 5.25% 7.44%
5-Year Return 4.24% 6.61%
10-Year Return 3.67% 5.73%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 3.2%

LQD profile: The Fund seeks to track the investment results of the Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Index which is a rules-based index consisting of liquid, US dollar-denominated, investment grade corporate bonds for sale in the US. The Fund invests at least 90% in component securities and at least 95% in corporate bonds.

For further information, check out BND vs LQD comparison details.

26. Compare and contrast: BND vs USD.

Both BND and USD are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than USD (4.24% vs 43.91%). BND has a lower expense ratio than USD (0.04% vs 0.95%). Below is the comparison between BND and USD.

BND USD
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Leveraged Equity: U.S. Semiconductors
Net Assets $52.06B $63.57M
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.95%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Dow Jones U.S. Semiconductors Index
YTD Return 7% 11.87%
1-Year Return 8.05% 44.43%
3-Year Return 5.25% 28.6%
5-Year Return 4.24% 43.91%
10-Year Return 3.67% 32.19%
Dividend Yield 2.57% 0.88%

USD profile: The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, that correspond to two times (2x) the return of the Dow Jones U.S. Semiconductors Index for a single day, not for any other period. The Index seeks to measure the performance of certain companies in the semiconductor sub-sector of the U.S. equity market.

For further information, check out BND vs USD comparison details.

In the BND review, we covered BND key stats (return, performance, yield, expense ratio, and holdings), buy and sell analysis, and alternative investments. If this review was helpful to you, feel free to check out other mutual fund and ETF reviews.
Follow Us