12 important things you should know about Vanguard VB ETF
Updated: November 29, 2021
Bull case
15-year return above the benchmark
Low expense ratio
Bear case
3-year return below the benchmark
5-year return below the benchmark
10-year return below the benchmark

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

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

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

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

  1. Describe Vanguard Small-Cap ETF - DNQ (VB).
  2. What is VB underlying index?
  3. What are VB holdings?
  4. What is VB performance? What are VB historical returns?
  5. What is VB dividend yield?
  6. What is VB Finny Score? VB buy or sell?
  7. What are the pros of investing in VB? What are VB buy reasons?
  8. What are the cons of investing in VB? What are VB sell reasons?
  9. Compare and contrast: VB vs IWF.
  10. Compare and contrast: VB vs IWM.
  11. Compare and contrast: VB vs QQQ.
  12. Compare and contrast: VB vs VOO.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Small-Cap ETF - DNQ (VB).

The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of small-capitalization stocks.

2. What is VB underlying index?

CRSP US Small Cap Index.

3. What are VB top holdings?

VB has 1,525 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 3.76% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Horizon Therapeutics PLC HZNP 0.42%
Steris PLC STE 0.39%
Zebra Technologies Corp ZBRA 0.39%
Insulet Corp PODD 0.38%
Teradyne Inc TER 0.38%
Catalent Inc CTLT 0.37%
Etsy Inc ETSY 0.37%
PerkinElmer Inc PKI 0.37%
Monolithic Power Systems Inc MPWR 0.35%
Pool Corp POOL 0.34%

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

VB has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -2.46%;
  • 3-month return is 1.23%;
  • 1-year return is 23.51%;
  • 3-year return is 16.96%;
  • 5-year return is 13.38%;
  • 10-year return is 15.13%;
  • 15-year return is 9.81%.

5. What is VB dividend yield?

VB yield is 1.14%.

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 VB? What are VB buy reasons?

The following are VB strengths from our perspective:

  • VB 15-year return is 9.81%, which is in line with the 15-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 10.65%.
  • VB expense ratio is 0.05%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

The following are VB weaknesses from our perspective:

  • VB 3-year return is 16.96%, which is lower than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 23.5%.
  • VB 5-year return is 13.38%, which is lower than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 18.53%.
  • VB 10-year return is 15.13%, which is lower than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 17.33%.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: VB vs IWF.

Both VB and IWF are ETFs.

VB has a lower 5-year return than IWF (13.38% vs 24.53%).

VB has a lower expense ratio than IWF (0.05% vs 0.19%).

VB IWF
Segment Equity: U.S. - Small Cap Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets $49.48B $77.37B
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.19%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Small Cap Index Russell 1000 Growth Index
Dividend Yield 1.14% 0.54%

IWF profile: The Fund seeks investment returns that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Index. Uses a replication strategy. The Index measures the performance of the large-capitalization growth sector of the US equity market.

For further information, check out VB vs IWF comparison details.

10. Compare and contrast: VB vs IWM.

Both VB and IWM are ETFs.

VB has a higher 5-year return than IWM (13.38% vs 12.11%).

VB has a lower expense ratio than IWM (0.05% vs 0.19%).

VB IWM
Segment Equity: U.S. - Small Cap Equity: U.S. - Small Cap
Net Assets $49.48B $70.33B
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.19%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Small Cap Index Russell 2000 Index
Dividend Yield 1.14% 0.83%

IWM profile: The Fund seeks to track the investment results of the Russell 2000 Index which measures the performance of the small-capitalization sector of the US equity market.

For further information, check out VB vs IWM comparison details.

11. Compare and contrast: VB vs QQQ.

Both VB and QQQ are ETFs.

VB has a lower 5-year return than QQQ (13.38% vs 27.92%).

VB has a lower expense ratio than QQQ (0.05% vs 0.2%).

VB QQQ
Segment Equity: U.S. - Small Cap Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $49.48B $201.39B
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.2%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Small Cap Index NASDAQ-100 Index
Dividend Yield 1.14% 0.49%

QQQ profile: The Fund seeks to provide investment results that generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the Nasdaq-100 Index. The Index measures the average performance of a broadly diversified group of equity securities issued by 100 of the largest non-financial companies listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.

For further information, check out VB vs QQQ comparison details.

12. Compare and contrast: VB vs VOO.

Both VB and VOO are ETFs.

VB has a lower 5-year return than VOO (13.38% vs 17.88%).

VB has a higher expense ratio than VOO (0.05% vs 0.03%).

VB VOO
Segment Equity: U.S. - Small Cap Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $49.48B $268.41B
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Small Cap Index S&P 500
Dividend Yield 1.14% 1.34%

VOO profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of its benchmark index, the S&P 500. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach. The Fund attempts to replicate the target index by investing all of its assets in the stocks that make up the Index with the same approximate weightings as the Index.

For further information, check out VB vs VOO comparison details.

In the VB review, we covered VB 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.