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VTI Vs. VTV: What's The Difference And Is One The Better Buy?

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  • VTI contains the Total Stock Market; VTV is the value side of the S&P 500: choosing VTV is taking the view that the value resurgence will continue.
  • John Bogle preferred VTI for the passive long term investor while Warren Buffett feels an S&P 500 index is adequately diversified.
  • VTV value selection principles include P/B, P/S, dividend yield, and 3-year historical and future P/E.
  • VTV has lower P/E and P/B, VTI has higher return on equity and earnings growth: VTI owns more tech, consumer cyclicals, communication; VTV owns more financials, staples, health care, energy.
  • VTI outperformed over the past decade but charts show VTV holding up better in the past year especially since the market rolled over starting in November 2021.
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Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEARCA:VTI) is the ETF version of the fund preferred by Vanguard founder John Bogle as the US Equity portion of his personal portfolio. His often stated reason was that while different cap sizes might do

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I am a retired professor, a retired investment adviser, and currently a private investor and full-time tennis pro. I bought my first stock in a custodial account in 1958. I am a student of history, particularly military and economic/market history. The intellectual passions of my retirement years have been markets, mathematics, and quantum theory. Recently I have found myself reading book after book on the thoughts and feelings of animals, and I believe they are subtly influencing some of my views. I have a cat I like a lot. I like to travel. I served in Vietnam.

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