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

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

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

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

  1. Describe Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO).
  2. What is VWO underlying index?
  3. What are VWO holdings?
  4. What is VWO performance? What are VWO historical returns?
  5. What is VWO dividend yield?
  6. What is VWO Finny Score? VWO buy or sell?
  7. What are the pros of investing in VWO? What are VWO buy reasons?
  8. What are the cons of investing in VWO? What are VWO sell reasons?
  9. Compare and contrast: VWO vs EEM.
  10. Compare and contrast: VWO vs QQQ.
  11. Compare and contrast: VWO vs SPY.
  12. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VEU.
  13. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VOO.
  14. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VTI.
  15. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VUG.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO).

The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks issued by companies located in emerging market countries. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index by sampling the Index.

2. What is VWO underlying index?

FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC.

3. What are VWO top holdings?

VWO has 4,340 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 27.97% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR BABA 8.15%
Tencent Holdings Ltd 00700 6.66%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd 2330.TW 3.74%
Meituan 03690 2.03%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd ADR TSM.TW 1.97%
Reliance Industries Ltd RELIANCE.B 1.31%
Naspers Ltd Class N NPN.JO 1.25%
JD.com Inc ADR JD 1.06%
China Construction Bank Corp Class H 00939 0.96%
Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd Class H 02318 0.84%

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

VWO has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -5.00%;
  • 3-month return is -2.56%;
  • 1-year return is 3.78%;
  • 3-year return is 10.95%;
  • 5-year return is 9.16%;
  • 10-year return is 5.77%;
  • 15-year return is 4.55%.

5. What is VWO dividend yield?

VWO yield is 1.98%.

Analysis

6. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 80. Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy and 1 reason to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 80.

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

The following are VWO strengths from our perspective:

  • VWO 3-year return is 10.95%, which is in line with the 3-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD), 11.84%.
  • VWO 5-year return is 9.16%, which is in line with the 5-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD), 10.1%.
  • VWO 15-year return is 4.55%, which is higher than the 15-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD), 4.03%.
  • VWO expense ratio is 0.1%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

The following are VWO weaknesses from our perspective:

  • VWO 10-year return is 5.77%, which is lower than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD), 7.92%.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: VWO vs EEM.

Both VWO and EEM are ETFs.

VWO has a higher 5-year return than EEM (9.16% vs 8.87%).

VWO has a lower expense ratio than EEM (0.1% vs 0.68%).

VWO EEM
Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market
Net Assets $80.12B $30.01B
Expense Ratio 0.1% 0.68%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC MSCI Emerging Markets Index
Dividend Yield 1.98% N/A

EEM profile: The Fund seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of large- and mid-capitalization emerging market equities. The Fund invests, under normal circumstances, at least 90% of its assets in the securities of its Underlying Index and in depositary receipts representing securities in its Underlying Index.

For further information, check out VWO vs EEM comparison details.

10. Compare and contrast: VWO vs QQQ.

Both VWO and QQQ are ETFs.

VWO has a lower 5-year return than QQQ (9.16% vs 27.92%).

VWO has a lower expense ratio than QQQ (0.1% vs 0.2%).

VWO QQQ
Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $80.12B $201.39B
Expense Ratio 0.1% 0.2%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC NASDAQ-100 Index
Dividend Yield 1.98% 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 VWO vs QQQ comparison details.

11. Compare and contrast: VWO vs SPY.

Both VWO and SPY are ETFs.

VWO has a lower 5-year return than SPY (9.16% vs 17.79%).

VWO has a higher expense ratio than SPY (0.1% vs 0.09%).

VWO SPY
Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $80.12B $417.28B
Expense Ratio 0.1% 0.09%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC S&P 500
Dividend Yield 1.98% 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 VWO vs SPY comparison details.

12. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VEU.

Both VWO and VEU are ETFs.

VWO has a lower 5-year return than VEU (9.16% vs 9.61%).

VWO has a higher expense ratio than VEU (0.1% vs 0.08%).

VWO VEU
Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $80.12B $35.49B
Expense Ratio 0.1% 0.08%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC FTSE All World ex US Net TR US RIC
Dividend Yield 1.98% 2.31%

For further information, check out VWO vs VEU comparison details.

13. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VOO.

Both VWO and VOO are ETFs.

VWO has a lower 5-year return than VOO (9.16% vs 17.88%).

VWO has a higher expense ratio than VOO (0.1% vs 0.03%).

VWO VOO
Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $80.12B $268.41B
Expense Ratio 0.1% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC S&P 500
Dividend Yield 1.98% 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 VWO vs VOO comparison details.

14. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VTI.

Both VWO and VTI are ETFs.

VWO has a higher 5-year return than VTI (9.16% vs %).

VWO has a higher expense ratio than VTI (0.1% vs 0.03%).

VWO VTI
Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $80.12B $283.29B
Expense Ratio 0.1% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC CRSP US Total Market Index
Dividend Yield 1.98% 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 VWO vs VTI comparison details.

15. Compare and contrast: VWO vs VUG.

Both VWO and VUG are ETFs.

VWO has a lower 5-year return than VUG (9.16% vs 24.3%).

VWO has a higher expense ratio than VUG (0.1% vs 0.04%).

VWO VUG
Segment Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets $80.12B $88.45B
Expense Ratio 0.1% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index
Dividend Yield 1.98% 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 VWO vs VUG comparison details.

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