16 important things you should know about Vanguard VXUS ETF
Updated: November 29, 2021
Bull case
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.

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

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

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

  1. Describe Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS).
  2. What is VXUS underlying index?
  3. What are VXUS holdings?
  4. What is VXUS performance? What are VXUS historical returns?
  5. What is VXUS dividend yield?
  6. What is VXUS Finny Score? VXUS buy or sell?
  7. What are the pros of investing in VXUS? What are VXUS buy reasons?
  8. What are the cons of investing in VXUS? What are VXUS sell reasons?
  9. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VEU.
  10. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VOO.
  11. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VSS.
  12. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VT.
  13. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VWO.
  14. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs IEMG.
  15. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs SCHF.
  16. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs SPDW.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS).

The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks issued by companies located in developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States.

2. What is VXUS underlying index?

FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC.

3. What are VXUS top holdings?

VXUS has 7,717 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 11.17% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR BABA 2.20%
Tencent Holdings Ltd 00700 1.80%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd 2330.TW 1.50%
Nestle SA NESN 1.29%
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS 0.96%
Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert. ROG 0.93%
Novartis AG NOVN 0.69%
Toyota Motor Corp 7203 0.66%
ASML Holding NV ASML 0.59%
Meituan 03690 0.55%

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

VXUS has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is -4.64%;
  • 3-month return is -3.27%;
  • 1-year return is 10.03%;
  • 3-year return is 10.81%;
  • 5-year return is 9.59%;
  • 10-year return is 7.99%.

5. What is VXUS dividend yield?

VXUS yield is 2.44%.

Analysis

6. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 100. Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy and 0 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 100.

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

The following are VXUS strengths from our perspective:

  • VXUS 3-year return is 10.81%, which is in line with the 3-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD), 11.84%.
  • VXUS 5-year return is 9.59%, which is in line with the 5-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD), 10.1%.
  • VXUS 10-year return is 7.99%, which is higher than the 10-year return of the benchmark index (MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD), 7.92%.
  • VXUS expense ratio is 0.08%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.

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

There are no visible red flags.

Alternatives

9. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VEU.

Both VXUS and VEU are ETFs.

VXUS has a lower 5-year return than VEU (9.59% vs 9.61%).

VXUS and VEU have the same expense ratio (0.08%). Below is the comparison between VXUS and VEU.

VXUS VEU
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $51.75B $35.49B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.08%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC FTSE All World ex US Net TR US RIC
Dividend Yield 2.44% 2.31%

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

10. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VOO.

Both VXUS and VOO are ETFs.

VXUS has a lower 5-year return than VOO (9.59% vs 17.88%).

VXUS has a higher expense ratio than VOO (0.08% vs 0.03%).

VXUS VOO
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $51.75B $268.41B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC S&P 500
Dividend Yield 2.44% 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 VXUS vs VOO comparison details.

11. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VSS.

Both VXUS and VSS are ETFs.

VXUS has a lower 5-year return than VSS (9.59% vs 9.89%).

VXUS has a lower expense ratio than VSS (0.08% vs 0.11%).

VXUS VSS
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Small Cap
Net Assets $51.75B $9.94B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.11%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC FTSE Global ex US Small Cap Index Net Tax (US RIC)
Dividend Yield 2.44% 2.11%

VSS profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks of international small-cap companies. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach to track the FTSE Global Small Cap ex US Index by investing in representative sample of securities that resembles the full Index.

For further information, check out VXUS vs VSS comparison details.

12. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VT.

Both VXUS and VT are ETFs.

VXUS has a lower 5-year return than VT (9.59% vs 14.08%).

VXUS and VT have the same expense ratio (0.08%). Below is the comparison between VXUS and VT.

VXUS VT
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market Equity: Global - Total Market
Net Assets $51.75B $25.17B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.08%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC FTSE Global All Cap Net TR US RIC
Dividend Yield 2.44% 1.65%

VT profile: The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks of companies located in developed and emerging markets around the world. The Fund employs an indexing investment approach to track the performance of the FTSE Global All Cap Index and attempts to sample the index.

For further information, check out VXUS vs VT comparison details.

13. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs VWO.

Both VXUS and VWO are ETFs.

VXUS has a higher 5-year return than VWO (9.59% vs 9.16%).

VXUS has a lower expense ratio than VWO (0.08% vs 0.1%).

VXUS VWO
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market
Net Assets $51.75B $80.12B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.1%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index Net TR US RIC
Dividend Yield 2.44% 1.98%

VWO profile: 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.

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

14. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs IEMG.

Both VXUS and IEMG are ETFs.

VXUS has a lower 5-year return than IEMG (9.59% vs 9.67%).

VXUS has a lower expense ratio than IEMG (0.08% vs 0.11%).

VXUS IEMG
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market Equity: Emerging Markets - Total Market
Net Assets $51.75B $79.39B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.11%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC MSCI Emerging Markets Investable Market Index
Dividend Yield 2.44% N/A

IEMG profile: The Fund seeks to track the investment results of an index composed if large-, mid- and small-capitalization emerging market equities. The Fund invests at least 90% of its assets in the component securities of the Underlying Index and in investments that have economic characteristics similar to such securities.

For further information, check out VXUS vs IEMG comparison details.

15. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs SCHF.

Both VXUS and SCHF are ETFs.

VXUS has a lower 5-year return than SCHF (9.59% vs 9.72%).

VXUS has a higher expense ratio than SCHF (0.08% vs 0.06%).

VXUS SCHF
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market Equity: Developed Markets Ex-U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $51.75B $28.74B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.06%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC FTSE Developed ex-US Index
Dividend Yield 2.44% 2.16%

SCHF profile: The Fund seeks broad exposure to international large-and mid-cap companies in over 20 developed international markets. It seeks investment returns that track the performance, before fees and expenses, of the FTSE Developed ex U.S. Index made up of approximately 1,400 international stocks.

For further information, check out VXUS vs SCHF comparison details.

16. Compare and contrast: VXUS vs SPDW.

VXUS is an ETF, whereas SPDW is a mutual fund.

VXUS has a lower 5-year return than SPDW (9.59% vs 9.86%).

VXUS has a higher expense ratio than SPDW (0.08% vs 0.04%).

VXUS SPDW
Segment Equity: Global Ex-U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $51.75B $12.26B
Expense Ratio 0.08% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) N/A
Underlying Index FTSE Global All Cap ex US Net US RIC N/A
Dividend Yield 2.44% 2.33%

SPDW profile: The Fund seeks to replicate the total return performance of the SPDR S&P World ex-US Index. The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its assets in the securities of companies of its Index.

For further information, check out VXUS vs SPDW comparison details.

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