16 important things you should know about Vanguard BND ETF
Updated: October 03, 2022
Pros
15-year return above the benchmark
Low expense ratio
Cons
3-year return below the benchmark
5-year return below the benchmark
10-year return below the benchmark
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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 AGG.
  10. Compare and contrast: BND vs BNDX.
  11. Compare and contrast: BND vs BSV.
  12. Compare and contrast: BND vs BNDW.
  13. Compare and contrast: BND vs TLT.
  14. Compare and contrast: BND vs VTIP.
  15. Compare and contrast: BND vs VBTLX.
  16. Compare and contrast: BND vs INR.

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

Fact Sheet

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

Vanguard Bond Index Funds - Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF is an exchange traded fund launched and managed by The Vanguard Group, Inc. The fund invests in the fixed income markets of the United States. It invests in investment-grade debt securities including government, corporate, and international dollar-denominated bonds, as well as mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities with maturities of more than 1 year that are rated BBB- or above by S&P. The fund seeks to replicate the performance of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index, by employing representative sampling technique. Vanguard Bond Index Funds - Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF was formed on December 11, 1986 and is domiciled in the United States.

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 17,047 bond holdings .

The top 3 holdings represent 1.21% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.5% N/A 0.43%
United States Treasury Notes N/A 0.40%
United States Treasury Bonds N/A 0.38%

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

BND has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -3.86%;
  • 3-month return is -3.31%;
  • 1-year return is -14.33%;
  • 3-year return is -2.87%;
  • 5-year return is -0.04%;
  • 10-year return is 0.99%;
  • 15-year return is 3.17%.

5. What is BND dividend yield?

BND yield is 3.39%.

Analysis

6. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 40. Our quantitative analysis shows 2 reasons to buy and 3 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 40.

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

The following are BND strengths from our perspective:

  • BND 15-year return is 3.17%, which is in line with the 15-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 3.22%.
  • BND expense ratio is 0.03%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

The following are BND weaknesses from our perspective:

  • BND 3-year return is -2.87%, which is lower than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), -1.07%.
  • BND 5-year return is -0.04%, which is lower than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 0.54%.
  • BND 10-year return is 0.99%, which is lower than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 1.41%.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: BND vs AGG.

Both BND and AGG are ETFs.

BND has a higher 5-year return than AGG (-0.04% vs -0.07%).

BND and AGG have the same expense ratio (0.03%). 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 $83.24B $82.23B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.03%
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
Dividend Yield 3.39% 2.02%

AGG profile: iShares Trust - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF is an exchange traded fund launched by BlackRock, Inc. The fund is managed by BlackRock Fund Advisors. It invests in fixed income markets of the United States. The fund invests in U.S. dollars denominated, fixed rate investment grade treasury bonds, government-related bonds, corporate bonds, mortgage-backed pass-through securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities and asset backed securities that have a remaining maturity of at least one year. It seeks to track the performance of the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, by using representative sampling technique. iShares Trust - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF was formed on September 22, 2003 and is domiciled in the United States.

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

10. Compare and contrast: BND vs BNDX.

Both BND and BNDX are ETFs.

BND has a lower 5-year return than BNDX (-0.04% vs 0.03%).

BND has a lower expense ratio than BNDX (0.03% vs 0.07%).

BND BNDX
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: Global Ex-U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade
Net Assets $83.24B $45.02B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.07%
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
Dividend Yield 3.39% 2.16%

BNDX profile: Vanguard Charlotte Funds - Vanguard Total International Bond ETF is an exchange traded fund launched and managed by The Vanguard Group, Inc. The fund invests in the fixed income markets of global ex-US region. It primarily invests in investment-grade, fixed-rate debt markets, which includes government, government agency, corporate, and securitized non-U.S. investment-grade fixed income investments with maturities of more than one year. The fund seeks to track the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index (USD Hedged), by using representative sampling methodology. Vanguard Charlotte Funds - Vanguard Total International Bond ETF was formed on May 31, 2013 and is domiciled in the United States.

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

11. Compare and contrast: BND vs BSV.

Both BND and BSV are ETFs.

BND has a lower 5-year return than BSV (-0.04% vs 0.53%).

BND has a lower expense ratio than BSV (0.03% vs 0.04%).

BND BSV
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Short-Term
Net Assets $83.24B $38.89B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.04%
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
Dividend Yield 3.39% 3.3%

BSV profile: Vanguard Bond Index Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF is an exchange traded fund launched and managed by The Vanguard Group, Inc. The fund invests in the fixed income markets of the United States. It invests in investment-grade debt securities including the government, corporate, and international dollar-denominated bonds with maturities between 1 and 5 years that are rated BBB- or above by S&P. It seeks to replicate the performance of the Bloomberg U.S. 1–5 Year Gov/Credit Float Adjusted Index, by employing representative sampling technique. Vanguard Bond Index Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF was formed on March 1, 1994 and is domiciled in the United States.

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

12. Compare and contrast: BND vs BNDW.

BND is an ETF, whereas BNDW is a mutual fund.

BND has a lower 5-year return than BNDW (-0.04% vs 0%).

BND has a higher expense ratio than BNDW (0.03% vs %).

BND BNDW
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade
Net Assets $83.24B N/A
Expense Ratio 0.03% N/A
Management Style passive (index-based) N/A
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index N/A
Dividend Yield 3.39% 2.82%

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

13. Compare and contrast: BND vs TLT.

Both BND and TLT are ETFs.

BND has a higher 5-year return than TLT (-0.04% vs -0.51%).

BND has a lower expense ratio than TLT (0.03% vs 0.15%).

BND TLT
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. Government Treasury Long-Term
Net Assets $83.24B $25.41B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 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
Dividend Yield 3.39% 3.23%

TLT profile: iShares Trust - iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF is an exchange traded fund launched by BlackRock, Inc. The fund is managed by BlackRock Fund Advisors. It invests in the fixed income markets of the United States. The fund invests in U.S. dollar denominated fixed rate U.S. treasury securities with remaining maturity of greater than or equal to twenty years. It seeks to track the performance of the ICE U.S. Treasury 20+ Year Bond Index, by using representative sampling technique. iShares Trust - iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF was formed on July 22, 2002 and is domiciled in the United States.

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

14. Compare and contrast: BND vs VTIP.

Both BND and VTIP are ETFs.

BND has a lower 5-year return than VTIP (-0.04% vs 2.65%).

BND has a lower expense ratio than VTIP (0.03% vs 0.04%).

BND VTIP
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Fixed Income: U.S. Government TIPS Short-Term
Net Assets $83.24B $20.83B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) 0-5 Year Index
Dividend Yield 3.39% 2.26%

VTIP profile: Vanguard Malvern Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities ETF is an exchange traded fund launched and managed by The Vanguard Group, Inc. The fund invests in the fixed income markets of the United States. It primarily invests in inflation-protected public obligations of the U.S. treasury with remaining maturities of less than five years. The fund seeks to track the performance of the Bloomberg U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) 0-5 Year Index, by using full replication technique. Vanguard Malvern Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities ETF was formed on October 12, 2012 and is domiciled in the United States.

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

15. 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 (-0.04% vs 0.9%).

BND has a higher expense ratio than VBTLX (0.03% vs %).

BND VBTLX
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Taxable Fixed Income: Intermediate-Term Bond
Net Assets $83.24B N/A
Expense Ratio 0.03% N/A
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index N/A
Dividend Yield 3.39% N/A

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

16. Compare and contrast: BND vs INR.

Both BND and INR are ETFs.

BND has a lower 5-year return than INR (-0.04% vs 1.18%).

BND has a lower expense ratio than INR (0.03% vs 0.55%).

BND INR
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade Currency: Indian Rupee
Net Assets $83.24B N/A
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.55%
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
Dividend Yield 3.39% N/A

INR profile: ioneer Ltd explores for and develops mineral properties in North America. Its flagship property is the Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project located in the state of Nevada, the United States. The company was formerly known as Global Geoscience Limited and changed its name to ioneer Ltd in November 2018. ioneer Ltd was incorporated in 2001 and is based in North Sydney, Australia.

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

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