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VUG vs. ETF Alternatives
Vanguard Growth ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization growth stocks. Investment approach: Seeks to track the performance of the CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index. Large-cap growth equity. Employs a passively managed, full-replication strategy The fund remains fully invested. Low expenses minimize net tracking error.
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Country: United States
- In Your Portfolio: US Growth and Value ETFs, Core Building Blocks: A Guide to ETFs That Divide the U.S. Stock Market by Market Cap
- Asset Class Performance: Growth vs. Value
Monday, Mar 2412:44 AM|Monday, Mar 2412:44 AM| Comment!
Thursday, Mar 1312:48 PM
Thursday, Mar 1312:48 PM| Comment!
- ETFs are primarily passively-managed - with only 84 actively managed funds out of a total of 1,570 U.S. listings - but several are holding their own, writes Cinthia Murphy, and a few are beating their indexed counterparts YTD. The five best this year:
- The Pimco Build America Bonds Strategy (BABZ +0.6%) is up 4.4% vs. 5% for the indexed PowerShares Build America Bond ETF (BAB +0.5%). Pimco's offering is pricey - 45 basis points - but it's the wide bid-ask spread averaging 28 basis points investors should most be aware of.
- The First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF (FPE +0.1%) is ahead 4.61% YTD, about inline with the PowerShares Financial Preferred ETF (PGF).
- The Columbia Select Large Cap Growth ETF (RWG -1%) is up 6.76% YTD, but has only gathered $16M in assets over four years in existence. The combined 80 bp expense ratio and wide bid-ask spread leads to a rough cost of about 113 bps. Indexed offerings in the same category like IWF and VUG are up less than 3% this year.
- The PowerShares Active U.S. Real Estate ETF (PSR -1.2%) is up 6.77% YTD vs. indexed competitors IYR and VNQ up 7.88% and 9%, respectively.
- Leading the way is the First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy ETF (FTGC) up 15.14% - it's the only actively managed commodity ETF.
Friday, Feb 212:48 PM
Friday, Feb 212:48 PM| 9 Comments
- Maybe sensing the moderate early-2014 selloff is done with, investors poured $13.4B into equities in the latest week, according to BAML - the strongest in 12 weeks and bringing YTD equity asset-gathering back to flat.
- Emphasizing the risk appetite theme, flows into high-yield bonds of $2.4B were the highest in 17 weeks, and money-market funds saw outflows of $40.45B after receiving inflows of $11.55B the previous week.
- Still, emerging market debt and equity continues to be sold. In fact, outflows from EM equities over the past four weeks have risen to 2.2% of AUM - just shy of the 3% level which signals a contrarian "buy" signal, says BAML.
- Turning into a pretty good contrarian signal himself, is Hugh Hendry, who dropped his multi-year caution in December to get "long pretty much anything." His Eclectica Fund subsequently lost 3.6% in January - its worst monthly tally ever.
- Related ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, NY, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, PWB, JKE, EZY, IWX, FTC, EEH, SPXH, JKF, SFK, TRSK, RWG, FWDD, FNDX, PXLC, ERW, PXLV, GVT, SYG, ALTL, PXLG, SYE, SYV, IELG
Tuesday, Jan 71:12 PM
Tuesday, Jan 71:12 PM| Comment!
- The future looks like the recent past to Citi Private Bank, which - in its 2014 outlook - says stocks have room to run, but beware fixed income. Citi's projections are based on its Adaptive Valuation Strategies which looks at long-term valuation averages to gauge what an asset might offer in the coming decade.
- "Our long-term AVS return estimates for government, investment-grade corporate and high-yield bonds are only 1.9%, 3.4% and 2.9% respectively. The recent rise in bond yields has helped emerging markets where estimated returns have now risen to 5.1%."
- Don't toss away fixed-income entirely, says Citi, but instead cut duration exposure, look for credit risk instead of rate risk, diversify into MLPs, REITs, and dividend stocks, and favor floating-rate investments.
- Broad fixed-income ETFs: AGG, BOND, BND, BSV, BIV, BLV, SCHZ, LAG, SAGG, ILTB, ISTB, GVI, GBF, FWDB, MINC, GIY, AGND, AGZD
- Broad equity ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, MGV, FLAG, DOD, JKD, FEX, IWY, EQL, JKE, EZY, PWB, IWX, FTC, EEH, JKF, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, PXLC, FWDD, RWG, FNDX, PXLV, ALTL, GVT, PXLG, IELG
Thursday, Dec 262013, 9:35 AM
Thursday, Dec 262013, 9:35 AM| 4 Comments
- Bulls in the AAII Investor Sentiment Index rose 7.6 points to 55.1% in the week ended yesterday, the highest level since early January 2011. The long-term bullish average is 39%.
- Bearish sentiment slumped 6.5 points to 18.5%. The long-term average is 30.5%.
- Broad market ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, EZY, JKE, PWB, IWX, FTC, EEH, JKF, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, PXLC, FWDD, PXLV, ALTL, GVT, RWG, FNDX, PXLG, IELG
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Wednesday, Dec 112013, 12:08 PM
Wednesday, Dec 112013, 12:08 PM| 2 Comments
- "2014 is the year to squeeze more juice out of risk assets. But investors should be ready to discard the fruit when it starts running dry," says BlackRock's Ewen Cameron Watt in the firm's 2014 Investment Outlook. "Beware of traffic jams: easy to get into, hard to get out of."
- Behind the view is the idea central banks (U.S., U.K, Canada, China, to name a few) are poised to begin tightening monetary policy.
- BlackRock doesn't believe stocks are yet in a bubble, but its "risk indicator" - measuring enterprise value against earnings adjusted for volatility - is nearly as high as just before the dotcom bust. "The ratio of the two is the key. High valuations combined with low volatility can make for a lethal mix. This market gauge sounded the alarm well before the Great Financial Crisis."
- Broad large-cap ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, EZY, JKE, PWB, IWX, FTC, JKF, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, FWDD, PXLC, ALTL, PXLV, GVT, RWG, FNDX, PXLG, IELG
Friday, Dec 62013, 1:13 PM
Friday, Dec 62013, 1:13 PM| 2 Comments
- "The great peril is not that the Fed finally tightens monetary policy and US stock prices suddenly tumble from what are very obviously overpriced levels," writes Hugh Hendry in his December letter, explaining his new-found bullishness. "The greater peril is that the current backdrop will turn out to mark a rapid acceleration in the ongoing move to the upside."
- In a highly entertaining essay drawing inspiration from the classic Bob Ryan character who popped up on HBO's Entourage for a couple of episodes, Hendry notes the eerie comparison to the markets of 1928, 1982, and 1998 - all ended badly, yes, but participants made plenty of money during the boom phase.
- "Just be long. Pretty much anything."
- Broad large-cap ETFs: PRF, PKW, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, EZY, JKE, PWB, IWX, FTC, JKF, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, PXLC, FWDD, PXLV, ALTL, GVT, RWG, FNDX, PXLG, IELG
Monday, Sep 232013, 7:59 AM
Monday, Sep 232013, 7:59 AM| Comment!
- Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG) announces quarterly distribution of $0.278.
- 30-day SEC yield of 1.42% (as of 09/20/2013).
- For shareholders of record Sep. 25; Payable Sep. 27; Ex-div date Sep. 23.
Wednesday, Apr 172013, 9:59 PMVanguard has transitioned its 8 standard U.S. market cap weighted ETFs from their previous MSCI indexes to CRSP indexes. Mega Cap Value ETF (MGV), Mega Cap Growth ETF (MGK), Large Cap Growth ETF (VUG), Large Cap Value ETF (VTV), Mid-Cap Growth ETF (VOT), Mid-Cap Value ETF (VOE), Small-Cap Growth ETF (VBK) and Small-Cap Value ETF (VBR) are among 22 funds Vanguard announced index switches for last October, allowing it to lower fees across the board. |Wednesday, Apr 172013, 9:59 PM| 1 Comment
Wednesday, Apr 32013, 10:58 AMVanguard is reopening its Capital Opportunity Fund to new investors after being closed to new accounts since 2004. The fund's style of growth-stock investing has fallen out of favor with investors more interested in dividend and low-vol strategies. The fund lagged in 2010 and 2011, but beat the S&P last year and thus far this year. |Wednesday, Apr 32013, 10:58 AM| Comment!
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