16 important things you should know about Vanguard BSV ETF
Updated: October 03, 2022
Pros
3-year return above the benchmark
5-year return above the benchmark
Low expense ratio
Cons
10-year return below the benchmark
15-year return below the benchmark
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In this BSV 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: BSV performance, returns, expense ratio, holdings and dividend yield;
  • Analysis: BSV buy or sell; the pros and cons of investing in BSV ETF;
  • Alternatives: other ETFs and mutual funds you should consider as alternatives to BSV.

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

  1. Describe Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV).
  2. What is BSV underlying index?
  3. What are BSV holdings?
  4. What is BSV performance? What are BSV historical returns?
  5. How many up and down years did BSV have historically?
  6. What is BSV dividend yield?
  7. What is BSV expense ratio?
  8. What is BSV beta? How would you assess BSV risk?
  9. What is BSV Sharpe ratio?
  10. What is BSV Finny Score? BSV buy or sell?
  11. What are the pros of investing in BSV? What are BSV buy reasons?
  12. What are the cons of investing in BSV? What are BSV sell reasons?
  13. Compare and contrast: BSV vs VCSH.
  14. Compare and contrast: BSV vs BND.
  15. Compare and contrast: BSV vs VGSH.
  16. Compare and contrast: BSV vs VTIP.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV).

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.

2. What is BSV underlying index?

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-5 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index.

3. What are BSV top holdings?

BSV has 0 stock holdings and 2,507 bond holdings .

The top 1 holding represent 1.08% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
United States Treasury Notes N/A 1.08%

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

BSV has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -1.98%;
  • 3-month return is -1.78%;
  • 1-year return is -7.18%;
  • 3-year return is -0.84%;
  • 5-year return is 0.53%;
  • 10-year return is 0.83%;
  • 15-year return is 2.25%.

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

In the last 10 years, BSV had 9 up years and 1 down year.

BSV up and down years

6. What is BSV dividend yield?

BSV yield is 3.3%.

7. What is BSV expense ratio?

BSV 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.

BSV expenses

8. What is BSV beta? How would you assess BSV risk?

  • 3-year beta is 0.41;
  • 5-year beta is 0.42;
  • 10-year beta is 0.41;
  • 15-year beta is 0.45.
BSV Beta

9. What is BSV Sharpe ratio?

  • 3-year Sharpe ratio is 1.19;
  • 5-year Sharpe ratio is 1.53;
  • 10-year Sharpe ratio is 2.28;
  • 15-year Sharpe ratio is 0.90.
BSV Sharpe ratio

Analysis

10. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 60. Our quantitative analysis shows 3 reasons to buy and 2 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 60.

11. What are the pros of investing in BSV? What are BSV buy reasons?

The following are BSV strengths from our perspective:

  • BSV 3-year return is -0.84%, which is higher than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), -1.07%.
  • BSV 5-year return is 0.53%, which is in line with the 5-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 0.54%.
  • BSV expense ratio is 0.04%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

12. What are the cons of investing in BSV? What are BSV negatives?

The following are BSV weaknesses from our perspective:

  • BSV 10-year return is 0.83%, which is lower than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 1.41%.
  • BSV 15-year return is 2.25%, which is lower than the 15-year return of the benchmark index (Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond TR USD), 3.22%.

Alternatives

13. Compare and contrast: BSV vs VCSH.

Both BSV and VCSH are ETFs.

BSV has a lower 5-year return than VCSH (0.53% vs 1.52%).

BSV and VCSH have the same expense ratio (0.04%). Below is the comparison between BSV and VCSH.

BSV VCSH
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Short-Term Fixed Income: U.S. - Corporate Investment Grade Short-Term
Net Assets $38.89B $43.72B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-5 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-5 Year Corporate Bond Index
Dividend Yield 3.3% 3.99%

VCSH profile: Vanguard Scottsdale Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Corporate 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 region. It primarily invests in U.S. dollar-denominated investment-grade fixed income securities issued by industrial, utility and financial companies with maturity of 1-5 years. The fund seeks to track the performance of the Bloomberg U.S. 5-10 Year Corporate Bond Index, by using representative sampling technique. Vanguard Scottsdale Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF was formed on November 19, 2009 and is domiciled in the United States.

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

14. Compare and contrast: BSV vs BND.

Both BSV and BND are ETFs.

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

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

BSV BND
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Short-Term Fixed Income: U.S. - Broad Market Investment Grade
Net Assets $38.89B $83.24B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-5 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index
Dividend Yield 3.3% 3.39%

BND profile: 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.

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

15. Compare and contrast: BSV vs VGSH.

Both BSV and VGSH are ETFs.

BSV has a lower 5-year return than VGSH (0.53% vs 0.75%).

BSV and VGSH have the same expense ratio (0.04%). Below is the comparison between BSV and VGSH.

BSV VGSH
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Short-Term Fixed Income: U.S. Government Short-Term
Net Assets $38.89B $15.56B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-5 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-3 Year Government Float Adjusted Index
Dividend Yield 3.3% 2.96%

VGSH profile: Vanguard Scottsdale Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Treasury 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 short-term fixed income securities issued by the U.S. Treasury with maturities between 1-3 years. The fund seeks to track the performance of the Bloomberg U.S. Treasury 1-3 Year Index, by using representative sampling technique. Vanguard Scottsdale Funds - Vanguard Short-Term Treasury ETF was formed on November 11, 2009 and is domiciled in the United States.

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

16. Compare and contrast: BSV vs VTIP.

Both BSV and VTIP are ETFs.

BSV has a lower 5-year return than VTIP (0.53% vs 2.65%).

BSV and VTIP have the same expense ratio (0.04%). Below is the comparison between BSV and VTIP.

BSV VTIP
Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Government/Credit Investment Grade Short-Term Fixed Income: U.S. Government TIPS Short-Term
Net Assets $38.89B $20.83B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-5 Year Government/Credit Float Adjusted Index Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) 0-5 Year Index
Dividend Yield 3.3% 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 BSV vs VTIP comparison details.

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