17 important things you should know about Vanguard VFIAX mutual fund
Updated: November 26, 2021
Bull case
High net assets
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
No sales load or distribution fees
Bear case

No bear case arguments.

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

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

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

  1. Describe Vanguard Index Funds: Vanguard 500 Index Fund; Admiral Shares (VFIAX).
  2. What are VFIAX holdings?
  3. What is VFIAX performance? What are VFIAX historical returns?
  4. What is VFIAX dividend yield?
  5. What is VFIAX minimum initial investment amount?
  6. Does VFIAX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?
  7. What is VFIAX Finny Score? VFIAX buy or sell?
  8. What are the pros of investing in VFIAX? What are VFIAX buy reasons?
  9. What are the cons of investing in VFIAX? What are VFIAX sell reasons?
  10. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VFINX.
  11. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VTSAX.
  12. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VOO.
  13. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VUG.
  14. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs IVV.
  15. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs SPY.
  16. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VIG.
  17. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VOOG.

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

Fact Sheet

1. Describe Vanguard Index Funds: Vanguard 500 Index Fund; Admiral Shares (VFIAX).

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 are VFIAX top holdings?

VFIAX has 506 stock holdings and 0 bond holdings.

The top 10 holdings represent 27.80% of total assets. Here are the top holdings:

Name Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc AAPL 6.65%
Microsoft Corp MSFT 5.68%
Amazon.com Inc AMZN 4.79%
Facebook Inc A FB 2.25%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 1.57%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 1.54%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B BRK.B 1.48%
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 1.40%
Procter & Gamble Co PG 1.24%
Visa Inc Class A V 1.20%

3. What is VFIAX performance? What are VFIAX historical returns?

VFIAX has generated the following returns:

  • 1-month return is 4.08%;
  • 3-month return is 6.98%;
  • 1-year return is 6.98%;
  • 3-year return is 22.54%;
  • 5-year return is 18.72%;
  • 10-year return is 16.75%;
  • 15-year return is 10.63%.

4. What is VFIAX dividend yield?

VFIAX yield is 1.24%.

5. What is VFIAX minimum initial investment amount?

VFIAX minimum initial investment amount is $10.00K.

6. Does VFIAX have any sales loads or 12b-1 distribution expenses?

VFIAX 12b-1 distribution fee is 0. VFIAX front-end sales load is 0. VFIAX back-end sales load is 0.

Analysis

7. What is Finny Score? buy or sell?

Finny Score is 100. Our quantitative analysis shows 7 reasons to buy and 0 reasons to sell it, resulting in the Finny Score of 100.

8. What are the pros of investing in VFIAX? What are VFIAX buy reasons?

The following are VFIAX strengths from our perspective:

  • VFIAX net assets are $438.65 billion. This fund is a popular choice with retail and institutional investors.
  • VFIAX 3-year return is 22.54%, which is in line with the 3-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 22.58%.
  • VFIAX 5-year return is 18.72%, which is in line with the 5-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 18.76%.
  • VFIAX 10-year return is 16.75%, which is in line with the 10-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 16.79%.
  • VFIAX 15-year return is 10.63%, which is in line with the 15-year return of the benchmark index (S&P 500 TR USD), 10.65%.
  • VFIAX expense ratio is 0.04%, which is considered low. Nice job picking a low-cost fund.
  • Good news: this fund does not have 12b1, front-end or back-end sales fees.

9. What are the cons of investing in VFIAX? What are VFIAX negatives?

There are no visible red flags.

Alternatives

10. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VFINX.

Both VFIAX and VFINX are mutual funds.

VFIAX has a higher 5-year return than VFINX (18.72% vs 18.6%).

VFIAX has a lower expense ratio than VFINX (0.04% vs 0.14%).

VFIAX VFINX
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend U.S. Equity: Large Blend
Net Assets $438.65B $4.71B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.14%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A N/A
Dividend Yield 1.24% 1.15%

VFINX 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 VFIAX vs VFINX comparison details.

11. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VTSAX.

Both VFIAX and VTSAX are mutual funds.

VFIAX has a higher 5-year return than VTSAX (18.72% vs 18.55%).

VFIAX and VTSAX have the same expense ratio (0.04%). Below is the comparison between VFIAX and VTSAX.

VFIAX VTSAX
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend U.S. Equity: Large Blend
Net Assets $438.65B $335.43B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A N/A
Dividend Yield 1.24% 1.19%

VTSAX 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 VFIAX vs VTSAX comparison details.

12. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VOO.

VFIAX is a mutual fund, whereas VOO is an ETF.

VFIAX has a lower 5-year return than VOO (18.72% vs 18.75%).

VFIAX has a higher expense ratio than VOO (0.04% vs 0.03%).

VFIAX VOO
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $438.65B $268.41B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A S&P 500
Dividend Yield 1.24% 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 VFIAX vs VOO comparison details.

13. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VUG.

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

VFIAX has a lower 5-year return than VUG (18.72% vs 23.08%).

VFIAX and VUG have the same expense ratio (0.04%). Below is the comparison between VFIAX and VUG.

VFIAX VUG
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets $438.65B $88.45B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index
Dividend Yield 1.24% 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 VFIAX vs VUG comparison details.

14. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs IVV.

VFIAX is a mutual fund, whereas IVV is an ETF.

VFIAX has a lower 5-year return than IVV (18.72% vs 18.75%).

VFIAX has a higher expense ratio than IVV (0.04% vs 0.03%).

VFIAX IVV
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $438.65B $316.19B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.03%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A S&P 500
Dividend Yield 1.24% 1.31%

IVV profile: The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the S&P 500 Index. Uses a replication strategy to try to track the Index, which includes approximately 77% of the market capitalization of all publicly traded US equity securities.

For further information, check out VFIAX vs IVV comparison details.

15. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs SPY.

VFIAX is a mutual fund, whereas SPY is an ETF.

VFIAX has a higher 5-year return than SPY (18.72% vs 18.66%).

VFIAX has a lower expense ratio than SPY (0.04% vs 0.09%).

VFIAX SPY
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend Equity: U.S. - Large Cap
Net Assets $438.65B $417.28B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.09%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A S&P 500
Dividend Yield 1.24% 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 VFIAX vs SPY comparison details.

16. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VIG.

VFIAX is a mutual fund, whereas VIG is an ETF.

VFIAX has a higher 5-year return than VIG (18.72% vs 16.97%).

VFIAX has a lower expense ratio than VIG (0.04% vs 0.06%).

VFIAX VIG
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend Equity: U.S. - Total Market
Net Assets $438.65B $64.96B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.06%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A NASDAQ US Dividend Achievers Select Index
Dividend Yield 1.24% 1.56%

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

17. Compare and contrast: VFIAX vs VOOG.

VFIAX is a mutual fund, whereas VOOG is an ETF.

VFIAX has a lower 5-year return than VOOG (18.72% vs 24.29%).

VFIAX has a lower expense ratio than VOOG (0.04% vs 0.1%).

VFIAX VOOG
Segment U.S. Equity: Large Blend Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Net Assets $438.65B $7.22B
Expense Ratio 0.04% 0.1%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Underlying Index N/A S&P 500 Growth Index
Dividend Yield 1.24% 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 VFIAX vs VOOG comparison details.

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