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

No bear case arguments.

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

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

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

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

  1. Describe Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI).
  2. What is VTI underlying index?
  3. What are VTI holdings?
  4. What is VTI performance? What are VTI historical returns?
  5. What is VTI dividend yield?
  6. What is VTI Finny Score? VTI buy or sell?
  7. What are the pros of investing in VTI? What are VTI buy reasons?
  8. What are the cons of investing in VTI? What are VTI sell reasons?
  9. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VOO.
  10. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VOT.
  11. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VOOG.
  12. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VBR.
  13. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VCR.
  14. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VDC.
  15. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VEA.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI).

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.

2. What is VTI underlying index?

CRSP US Total Market Index.

3. What are VTI top holdings?

VTI has 4,117 stock holdings and 1 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 22.98% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc AAPL 5.16%
Microsoft Corp MSFT 4.72%
Amazon.com Inc AMZN 3.98%
Facebook Inc A FB 1.95%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 1.50%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 1.41%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B BRK.B 1.16%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 1.11%
Procter & Gamble Co PG 1.05%
Visa Inc Class A V 0.94%

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

VTI has generated the following returns:

  • 15-year return is 10.80%.

5. What is VTI dividend yield?

VTI yield is %.

Analysis

6. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is N/A. Our quantitative analysis shows 3 reasons to buy and 0 reasons to sell. Finny Scores are not available if there are insufficient data points from the analysis.

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

The following are VTI strengths from our perspective:

  • VTI net assets are $283.29 billion. This fund is a popular choice with retail and institutional investors.
  • VTI 15-year return is 10.8%, which is higher than the 15-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 10.66%.
  • VTI expense ratio is 0.03%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

There are no visible red flags.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VOO.

Both VTI and VOO are ETFs.

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

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

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

10. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VOT.

Both VTI and VOT are ETFs.

VTI has a lower 5-year return than VOT (% vs 19.22%).

VTI has a lower expense ratio than VOT (0.03% vs 0.07%).

VTI VOT
Segment Equity: U.S. - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Mid Cap Growth
Net Assets $283.29B $12.51B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.07%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Total Market Index CRSP US Mid Cap Growth Index
Dividend Yield N/A 0.4%

VOT profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of mid-capitalization growth stocks. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Mid Cap Growth Index, as it invest all of its assets in the stocks that makes up the Index.

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

11. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VOOG.

Both VTI and VOOG are ETFs.

VTI has a lower 5-year return than VOOG (% vs 23.32%).

VTI has a lower expense ratio than VOOG (0.03% vs 0.1%).

VTI VOOG
Segment Equity: U.S. - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets $283.29B $7.22B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.1%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Total Market Index S&P 500 Growth Index
Dividend Yield N/A 0.66%

VOOG profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of benchmark index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization growth stocks in the United States. The Fund employs a "passive management" or indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the S&P 500 Growth Index.

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

12. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VBR.

Both VTI and VBR are ETFs.

VTI has a lower 5-year return than VBR (% vs 10.34%).

VTI has a lower expense ratio than VBR (0.03% vs 0.07%).

VTI VBR
Segment Equity: U.S. - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Small Cap Value
Net Assets $283.29B $25.84B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.07%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Total Market Index CRSP US Small Cap Value Index
Dividend Yield N/A 1.6%

VBR profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of small-capitalization value stocks. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Small Cap Value Index by investing all of its assets in the stocks that make up the Index.

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

13. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VCR.

Both VTI and VCR are ETFs.

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

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

VTI VCR
Segment Equity: U.S. - Total Market Equity: U.S. Consumer Cyclicals
Net Assets $283.29B $7.19B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.1%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Total Market Index MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index
Dividend Yield N/A 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 VTI vs VCR comparison details.

14. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VDC.

Both VTI and VDC are ETFs.

VTI has a lower 5-year return than VDC (% vs 9.97%).

VTI has a lower expense ratio than VDC (0.03% vs 0.1%).

VTI VDC
Segment Equity: U.S. - Total Market Equity: U.S. Consumer Non-cyclicals
Net Assets $283.29B $5.94B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.1%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Total Market Index MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index
Dividend Yield N/A 2.43%

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

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

15. Compare and contrast: VTI vs VEA.

Both VTI and VEA are ETFs.

VTI has a lower 5-year return than VEA (% vs 9.84%).

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

VTI VEA
Segment Equity: U.S. - Total Market Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $283.29B $106.59B
Expense Ratio 0.03% 0.05%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Total Market Index FTSE Developed All Cap ex US Index Net TR US RIC
Dividend Yield N/A 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 VTI vs VEA comparison details.

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