16 important things you should know about Vanguard VUG ETF
Updated: August 15, 2022
Pros
3-year return above the benchmark
5-year return above the benchmark
10-year return above the benchmark
15-year return above the benchmark
Low expense ratio
Cons
Low net assets

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

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

  1. Describe Vanguard Growth ETF - DNQ (VUG).
  2. What is VUG underlying index?
  3. What are VUG holdings?
  4. What is VUG performance? What are VUG historical returns?
  5. What is VUG dividend yield?
  6. What is VUG Finny Score? VUG buy or sell?
  7. What are the pros of investing in VUG? What are VUG buy reasons?
  8. What are the cons of investing in VUG? What are VUG sell reasons?
  9. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VOO.
  10. Compare and contrast: VUG vs QQQ.
  11. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VOOG.
  12. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VTI.
  13. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VGT.
  14. Compare and contrast: VUG vs MGK.
  15. Compare and contrast: VUG vs SCHG.
  16. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VIGAX.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Growth ETF - DNQ (VUG).

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.

2. What is VUG underlying index?

CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index.

3. What are VUG top holdings?

VUG has 266 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings .

The top 10 holdings represent 45.10% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc AAPL 10.13%
Microsoft Corp MSFT 9.52%
Amazon.com Inc AMZN 6.88%
Facebook Inc Class A FB 3.89%
Alphabet Inc Class A GOOGL 3.43%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 3.22%
Tesla Inc TSLA 2.44%
NVIDIA Corp NVDA 2.21%
Visa Inc Class A V 1.78%
PayPal Holdings Inc PYPL 1.60%

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

VUG has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is 7.73%;
  • 3-month return is -7.49%;
  • 1-year return is -18.32%;
  • 3-year return is 13.43%;
  • 5-year return is 14.71%;
  • 10-year return is 14.69%;
  • 15-year return is 9.85%.

5. What is VUG dividend yield?

VUG yield is 0.63%.

Analysis

6. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 83. Our quantitative analysis shows 5 reasons to buy and 1 reason to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 83.

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

The following are VUG strengths from our perspective:

  • VUG 3-year return is 13.43%, which is higher than the 3-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 10.12%.
  • VUG 5-year return is 14.71%, which is higher than the 5-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 10.51%.
  • VUG 10-year return is 14.69%, which is higher than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 12.76%.
  • VUG 15-year return is 9.85%, which is higher than the 15-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 8.17%.
  • VUG expense ratio is 0.05%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

The following are VUG weaknesses from our perspective:

  • VUG net assets are $0.00 million. This fund is not a popular choice with retail investors.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VOO.

Both VUG and VOO are ETFs.

VUG has a higher 5-year return than VOO (14.71% vs 12.52%).

VUG has a higher expense ratio than VOO (0.05% vs 0.04%).

VUG VOO
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets N/A N/A
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index S&P 500
Dividend Yield 0.63% 1.62%

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 VUG vs VOO comparison details.

10. Compare and contrast: VUG vs QQQ.

Both VUG and QQQ are ETFs.

VUG has a lower 5-year return than QQQ (14.71% vs 18.6%).

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

VUG QQQ
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets N/A $174.35B
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.2%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index NASDAQ-100 Index
Dividend Yield 0.63% 0.74%

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 VUG vs QQQ comparison details.

11. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VOOG.

Both VUG and VOOG are ETFs.

VUG has a lower 5-year return than VOOG (14.71% vs 14.81%).

VUG has a lower expense ratio than VOOG (0.05% vs 0.08%).

VUG VOOG
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets N/A N/A
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.08%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index S&P 500 Growth Index
Dividend Yield 0.63% 0.85%

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 VUG vs VOOG comparison details.

12. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VTI.

Both VUG and VTI are ETFs.

VUG has a higher 5-year return than VTI (14.71% vs 12%).

VUG has a lower expense ratio than VTI (0.05% vs 0.14%).

VUG VTI
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth Equity: U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets N/A N/A
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.14%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index CRSP US Total Market Index
Dividend Yield 0.63% 1.56%

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 VUG vs VTI comparison details.

13. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VGT.

Both VUG and VGT are ETFs.

VUG has a lower 5-year return than VGT (14.71% vs 22.09%).

VUG has a lower expense ratio than VGT (0.05% vs 0.1%).

VUG VGT
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth Equity: U.S. Technology
Net Assets N/A N/A
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.1%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index MSCI US Investable Market Information Technology 25/50 Index
Dividend Yield 0.63% 0.85%

VGT profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of information technology stocks. Specifically the MSCI US Investable Market Information Technology Index an index made up of stocks of large, mid-size, and small U.S. companies within the information technology sector.

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

14. Compare and contrast: VUG vs MGK.

Both VUG and MGK are ETFs.

VUG has a lower 5-year return than MGK (14.71% vs 15.59%).

VUG has a lower expense ratio than MGK (0.05% vs 0.07%).

VUG MGK
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets N/A $11.73B
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.07%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index CRSP US Mega Cap Growth Index
Dividend Yield 0.63% 0.6%

MGK profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of the largest-capitalization growth stocks in the United States. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Mega Cap Growth Index.

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

15. Compare and contrast: VUG vs SCHG.

Both VUG and SCHG are ETFs.

VUG has a lower 5-year return than SCHG (14.71% vs 15.63%).

VUG has a higher expense ratio than SCHG (0.05% vs 0.04%).

VUG SCHG
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets N/A $15.05B
Expense Ratio 0.05% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index Dow Jones U.S. Large Cap Growth Total Stock Market Index
Dividend Yield 0.63% 0.47%

SCHG profile: The Fund seeks to track as closely as possible the total return of the Dow Jones U.S. Large-Cap Growth Total Stock Market Index. Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 90% of its net assets in stocks that are included in the underlying index.

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

16. Compare and contrast: VUG vs VIGAX.

VUG is an ETF, whereas VIGAX is a mutual fund.

VUG has a lower 5-year return than VIGAX (14.71% vs 15.54%).

VUG has a higher expense ratio than VIGAX (0.05% vs %).

VUG VIGAX
Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth U.S. Equity: Large Growth
Net Assets N/A N/A
Expense Ratio 0.05% N/A
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index N/A
Dividend Yield 0.63% N/A

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

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