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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF - DNQ (VO).

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

2. What is VO underlying index?

CRSP US Mid Cap Index.

3. What are VO top holdings?

VO has 380 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 7.53% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Snap Inc Class A SNAP 0.84%
Digital Realty Trust Inc DLR 0.80%
Twilio Inc A TWLO 0.79%
Lululemon Athletica Inc LULU 0.78%
IDEXX Laboratories Inc IDXX 0.75%
Veeva Systems Inc Class A VEEV 0.75%
DocuSign Inc DOCU 0.73%
Centene Corp CNC 0.71%
Amphenol Corp Class A APH 0.69%
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc Class A CMG 0.69%

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

VO has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -0.79%;
  • 3-month return is 2.49%;
  • 1-year return is 26.96%;
  • 3-year return is 20.15%;
  • 5-year return is 15.32%;
  • 10-year return is 15.74%;
  • 15-year return is 10.17%.

5. What is VO dividend yield?

VO yield is 1.23%.

Analysis

6. 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.

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

The following are VO strengths from our perspective:

  • VO 10-year return is 15.74%, which is in line with the 10-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 17.33%.
  • VO 15-year return is 10.17%, which is in line with the 15-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 10.65%.
  • VO expense ratio is 0.04%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

The following are VO weaknesses from our perspective:

  • VO 3-year return is 20.15%, which is lower than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 23.5%.
  • VO 5-year return is 15.32%, which is lower than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 18.53%.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: VO vs VB.

Both VO and VB are ETFs.

VO has a higher 5-year return than VB (15.32% vs 13.38%).

VO has a lower expense ratio than VB (0.04% vs 0.05%).

VO VB
Segment Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap Equity: U.S. - Small Cap
Net Assets $55.23B $49.48B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.05%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Mid Cap Index CRSP US Small Cap Index
Dividend Yield 1.23% 1.14%

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

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

10. Compare and contrast: VO vs DTO.

Both VO and DTO are ETFs.

VO has a higher 5-year return than DTO (15.32% vs %).

VO has a higher expense ratio than DTO (0.04% vs %).

VO DTO
Segment Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap Inverse Commodities: Energy Crude Oil
Net Assets $55.23B N/A
Expense Ratio 0.04% N/A
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Mid Cap Index DBIQ Optimum Yield Crude Oil Index Total Return
Dividend Yield 1.23% N/A

For further information, check out VO vs DTO comparison details.

11. Compare and contrast: VO vs IJH.

Both VO and IJH are ETFs.

VO has a higher 5-year return than IJH (15.32% vs 12.8%).

VO has a lower expense ratio than IJH (0.04% vs 0.05%).

VO IJH
Segment Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap
Net Assets $55.23B $66.16B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.05%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Mid Cap Index S&P MidCap 400 Index
Dividend Yield 1.23% 1.07%

IJH profile: The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the S&P MidCap 400 Index. The Index measures the performance of the mid-capitalization sector of the US equity market. Uses a representative sampling strategy to try to track the Index.

For further information, check out VO vs IJH comparison details.

12. Compare and contrast: VO vs IWR.

Both VO and IWR are ETFs.

VO has a higher 5-year return than IWR (15.32% vs 14.56%).

VO has a lower expense ratio than IWR (0.04% vs 0.19%).

VO IWR
Segment Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap
Net Assets $55.23B $30.86B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.19%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Mid Cap Index Russell Midcap Index
Dividend Yield 1.23% 1%

IWR profile: The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Russell Midcap Index.

For further information, check out VO vs IWR comparison details.

13. Compare and contrast: VO vs MDY.

Both VO and MDY are ETFs.

VO has a higher 5-year return than MDY (15.32% vs 12.59%).

VO has a lower expense ratio than MDY (0.04% vs 0.23%).

VO MDY
Segment Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap
Net Assets $55.23B $21.19B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.23%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Mid Cap Index S&P MidCap 400 Index
Dividend Yield 1.23% 0.94%

MDY profile: The Trust seeks invest results that, before expenses, generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the component common stocks of the S&P MidCap 400 Index.

For further information, check out VO vs MDY comparison details.

In the VO review, we covered VO 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.