16 important things you should know about Vanguard BND ETF
Updated: October 10, 2021
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

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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. What is BND dividend yield?
  6. What is BND Finny Score? BND buy or sell?
  7. What are the pros of investing in BND? What are BND buy reasons?
  8. What are the cons of investing in BND? What are BND sell reasons?
  9. Compare and contrast: BND vs AOK.
  10. Compare and contrast: BND vs BIV.
  11. Compare and contrast: BND vs BLV.
  12. Compare and contrast: BND vs BSV.
  13. Compare and contrast: BND vs EDV.
  14. Compare and contrast: BND vs INR.
  15. Compare and contrast: BND vs LQD.

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 18,461 bond holdings.

The top 4 holdings represent 2.28% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Federal National Mortgage Association N/A 0.74%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.5% N/A 0.68%
United States Treasury Bonds N/A 0.45%
United States Treasury Notes N/A 0.41%

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

BND has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -0.88%;
  • 3-month return is -0.99%;
  • 1-year return is -0.91%;
  • 3-year return is 5.63%;
  • 5-year return is 2.96%;
  • 10-year return is 2.98%.

5. What is BND dividend yield?

BND yield is 2.02%.

Analysis

6. 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.

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

The following are BND strengths from our perspective:

  • BND 3-year return is 5.63%, which is higher than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 5.59%.
  • BND 5-year return is 2.96%, which is in line with the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 2.99%.
  • BND 10-year return is 2.98%, which is in line with the 10-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 3.05%.
  • BND expense ratio is 0.04%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

There are no visible red flags.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: BND vs AOK.

Both BND and AOK are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than AOK (2.96% vs 6.14%). BND has a lower expense ratio than AOK (0.04% vs 0.25%). Below is the comparison between BND and AOK.

BND AOK
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Asset Allocation: Target Risk
Net Assets $82.06B $970.60M
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.25%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index S&P Target Risk Conservative Index
YTD Return -2.03% 2.89%
1-Year Return -0.91% 7.01%
3-Year Return 5.63% 7.89%
5-Year Return 2.96% 6.14%
10-Year Return 2.98% 5.57%
Dividend Yield 2.02% 1.75%

AOK profile: The Fund seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of a portfolio of underlying equity and fixed income funds intended to represent a conservative target risk allocation strategy. The Fund generally will invest at least 90% of its assets in the component securities of the Underlying Index.

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

10. Compare and contrast: BND vs BIV.

Both BND and BIV are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than BIV (2.96% vs 3.33%). BND has a lower expense ratio than BIV (0.04% vs 0.05%). 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 $82.06B $14.77B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.05%
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 -2.03% -2.54%
1-Year Return -0.91% -1.67%
3-Year Return 5.63% 6.71%
5-Year Return 2.96% 3.33%
10-Year Return 2.98% 3.68%
Dividend Yield 2.02% 2.06%

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.

11. Compare and contrast: BND vs BLV.

Both BND and BLV are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than BLV (2.96% vs 5.11%). BND has a lower expense ratio than BLV (0.04% vs 0.05%). 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 $82.06B $6.03B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.05%
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 -2.03% -5.88%
1-Year Return -0.91% -3.65%
3-Year Return 5.63% 10.65%
5-Year Return 2.96% 5.11%
10-Year Return 2.98% 5.64%
Dividend Yield 2.02% 2.91%

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.

12. Compare and contrast: BND vs BSV.

Both BND and BSV are ETFs. BND has a higher 5-year return than BSV (2.96% vs 2.12%). BND has a lower expense ratio than BSV (0.04% vs 0.05%). Below is the comparison between BND and BSV.

BND BSV
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Short-Term
Net Assets $82.06B $42.27B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.05%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-5 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index
YTD Return -2.03% -0.49%
1-Year Return -0.91% -0.08%
3-Year Return 5.63% 3.59%
5-Year Return 2.96% 2.12%
10-Year Return 2.98% 1.79%
Dividend Yield 2.02% 1.48%

BSV profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a market-weighted bond index with a short-term dollar-weighted average maturity. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Barclays Capital U.S. 1-5 Year Government/ Credit Float Adjusted Index.

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

13. Compare and contrast: BND vs EDV.

Both BND and EDV are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than EDV (2.96% vs 4.1%). 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 $82.06B $1.21B
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 -2.03% -11.71%
1-Year Return -0.91% -13.11%
3-Year Return 5.63% 13.07%
5-Year Return 2.96% 4.1%
10-Year Return 2.98% 5.51%
Dividend Yield 2.02% 2.07%

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.

14. Compare and contrast: BND vs INR.

Both BND and INR are ETFs. BND has a higher 5-year return than INR (2.96% vs 1.79%). 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 $82.06B 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 -2.03% -46.94%
1-Year Return -0.91% -6.59%
3-Year Return 5.63% -1.27%
5-Year Return 2.96% 1.79%
10-Year Return 2.98% 5.12%
Dividend Yield 2.02% N/A

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

15. Compare and contrast: BND vs LQD.

Both BND and LQD are ETFs. BND has a lower 5-year return than LQD (2.96% vs 4.73%). BND has a lower expense ratio than LQD (0.04% vs 0.14%). 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 $82.06B $40.79B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.14%
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 -2.03% -2.92%
1-Year Return -0.91% 0.22%
3-Year Return 5.63% 8.48%
5-Year Return 2.96% 4.73%
10-Year Return 2.98% 5.19%
Dividend Yield 2.02% 2.48%

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.

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