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

No bear case arguments.

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

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

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

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

  1. Describe Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO).
  2. What is VOO underlying index?
  3. What are VOO holdings?
  4. What is VOO performance? What are VOO historical returns?
  5. What is VOO dividend yield?
  6. What is VOO Finny Score? VOO buy or sell?
  7. What are the pros of investing in VOO? What are VOO buy reasons?
  8. What are the cons of investing in VOO? What are VOO sell reasons?
  9. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VUG.
  10. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VTI.
  11. Compare and contrast: VOO vs SPY.
  12. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VB.
  13. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VCR.
  14. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VEA.
  15. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VIG.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO).

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.

2. What is VOO underlying index?

S&P 500.

3. What are VOO top holdings?

VOO has 511 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 27.95% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc AAPL 6.46%
Microsoft Corp MSFT 5.65%
Amazon.com Inc AMZN 4.77%
Facebook Inc A FB 2.33%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 1.79%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 1.76%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B BRK.B 1.46%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 1.33%
Procter & Gamble Co PG 1.26%
NVIDIA Corp NVDA 1.14%

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

VOO has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is 0.71%;
  • 3-month return is 3.24%;
  • 1-year return is 28.51%;
  • 3-year return is 21.92%;
  • 5-year return is 17.88%;
  • 10-year return is 17.06%.

5. What is VOO dividend yield?

VOO yield is 1.34%.

Analysis

6. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 100. Our quantitative analysis shows 5 reasons to buy and 0 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 100.

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

The following are VOO strengths from our perspective:

  • VOO net assets are $268.41 billion. This fund is a popular choice with retail and institutional investors.
  • VOO 3-year return is 21.92%, which is in line with the 3-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 23.5%.
  • VOO 5-year return is 17.88%, which is in line with the 5-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 18.53%.
  • VOO 10-year return is 17.06%, which is in line with the 10-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 17.33%.
  • VOO expense ratio is 0.03%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

There are no visible red flags.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VUG.

Both VOO and VUG are ETFs.

VOO has a lower 5-year return than VUG (17.88% vs 24.3%).

VOO has a lower expense ratio than VUG (0.03% vs 0.04%).

VOO VUG
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets $268.41B $88.45B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index S&P 500 CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index
Dividend Yield 1.34% 0.57%

VUG profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization growth stocks. The Fund employs a "passive management"--or indexing--investment approach designed to track the performance of the MSCI US Prime Market Growth Index.

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

10. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VTI.

Both VOO and VTI are ETFs.

VOO has a higher 5-year return than VTI (17.88% vs %).

VOO and VTI have the same expense ratio (0.03%). Below is the comparison between VOO and VTI.

VOO VTI
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Equity: U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $268.41B $283.29B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index S&P 500 CRSP US Total Market Index
Dividend Yield 1.34% N/A

VTI profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of the overall stock market. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach to track the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index. The Fund invests by holding a collection of securities that approximates the Index.

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

11. Compare and contrast: VOO vs SPY.

Both VOO and SPY are ETFs.

VOO has a higher 5-year return than SPY (17.88% vs 17.79%).

VOO has a lower expense ratio than SPY (0.03% vs 0.09%).

VOO SPY
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $268.41B $417.28B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.09%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index S&P 500 S&P 500
Dividend Yield 1.34% 1.3%

SPY profile: The Trust seeks investment results that, before expenses, generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the component common stocks of the S&P 500 Index.

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

12. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VB.

Both VOO and VB are ETFs.

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

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

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

13. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VCR.

Both VOO and VCR are ETFs.

VOO has a lower 5-year return than VCR (17.88% vs 22.98%).

VOO has a lower expense ratio than VCR (0.03% vs 0.1%).

VOO VCR
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Equity: U.S. Consumer Cyclicals
Net Assets $268.41B $7.19B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.1%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index S&P 500 MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index
Dividend Yield 1.34% 1.37%

VCR profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of consumer discretionary stocks. Specifically the MSCI U.S. Investable Market Consumer Discretionary Index, an index of stocks of large-, mid-, and small-size U.S. companies within the consumer discretionary sector.

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

14. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VEA.

Both VOO and VEA are ETFs.

VOO has a higher 5-year return than VEA (17.88% vs 9.84%).

VOO has a lower expense ratio than VEA (0.03% vs 0.05%).

VOO VEA
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $268.41B $106.59B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.05%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index S&P 500 FTSE Developed All Cap ex US Index Net TR US RIC
Dividend Yield 1.34% N/A

VEA profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks issued by companies located in the major markets of Europe and the Pacific Region. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of FTSE Developed All Cap ex US Index.

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

15. Compare and contrast: VOO vs VIG.

Both VOO and VIG are ETFs.

VOO has a higher 5-year return than VIG (17.88% vs 16.22%).

VOO has a lower expense ratio than VIG (0.03% vs 0.06%).

VOO VIG
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Equity: U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $268.41B $64.96B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.06%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index S&P 500 NASDAQ US Dividend Achievers Select Index
Dividend Yield 1.34% 1.56%

VIG profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of common stocks of companies that have a record of increasing dividends over time. The Fund attempts to replicate the Nasdaq US Dividend Achievers Select Index by investing its assets in the stocks that make up the Index.

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

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