Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF | VWO

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Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF
Issued by:Vanguard
Exchange : AMEX
Unit Price (NAV) :
Minimum investment: 2 units
Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF | VWO

Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF | VWO


Incorporated in March 2005, Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) is one of the largest ETFs in the world with investments in stocks of companies located in emerging markets around the world, such as China, Brazil, Taiwan, and South Africa and is managed by Vanguard that has a total AUM of $5.1T.

About the Fund Manager:
Founded in 1975, Vanguard is the second largest asset manager in the world managing $5.1T. It is the largest provider of mutual funds and the second-largest provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the world after BlackRock's iShares.

Investment Strategy:
VWO tracks the return of the FTSE Emerging Index.

VWO has invested in Financials (23%), Technology (22%), Consumer Cyclical (9%), Basic Materials (8%), and Energy (8%).

Top Geographical allocation of VWO is China (32%), Taiwan (15%), India (12%), South Africa (6%) and Brazil (6%).

Recommended for:

VWO is extremely popular for a reason as the low expense ratio charged by this ETF makes it a cheap way to access emerging markets segment. The ETF has the potential for high growth, at high risk and the share value may swing up and down much more than that of stock funds that invest in developed countries, including the United States.

According to, "VWO can appeal to a number of different investors and can be used as a short-term trading vehicle or as a core holding in a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio by those who want exposure to developing markets."

Additional Information:
1. Fund Factsheet
2. The Top Vanguard Emerging Market ETF (VWO)
3. Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF: Pros and Cons
4. Why overweighting makes sense for SPY, VWO and HDV

How did we identify this ETF:
A complete pool of 2100+ ETFs is screened on various qualitative and quantitative parameters to evaluate efficiency, tradability and fit. The metrics used were alpha, beta and R-Squared with respect to the segment benchmark and ETF specific metrics such as expense ratio, drawdown, volatility and the overall rating. We evaluate all ETFs and assign a composite score based on our analysis and then select the top ones in a category based on that comprehensive score by the in-house research/quant analysts team. The ETF carries a low expense ratio of just 0.15% beating out most other emerging markets ETFs with an average expense ratio of 1.54%. The strategy is rebalanced on a quarterly basis with the rebalancing mechanism being determined by an algorithm that takes into account the overall performance of the strategy so far.


PerformanceYTD actual1Y p.a3Y p.a5Y p.a10Y p.a
Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF3.92%16.64%12.72%9.31%5.36%

Asset Class

Asset type breakdown
Stock non-US99.38%
Stock US0.09%

VWO Holdings - Top 10

NameiWeightage (%)
Taiwan Semicond..6.22%
Tencent Holding..5.59%
Alibaba Group H..4.48%
Naspers Ltd.1.11%
Reliance Indust..1.09%
China Construct..0.94%
Ping An Insuran..0.88%
Infosys Ltd.0.83% Inc.0.77%

VWO Sectors/Industry Breakdown

Sectori% of market value
Financial Services19.33%
Consumer Cyclicals14.74%
Communication Services9.96%
Basic Materials9.68%
Consumer Defensive5.72%
Real Estate2.93%

VWO Countries

Countryi% of market value
Asia Emerging57.78%
Asia Developed18.69%
Africa/Middle East9.84%
Latin America9.15%
Europe Emerging4.05%
Europe Developed0.37%
North America0.09%

Returns Calculator

Investment ofper month
gives returns of :
at 3.16% / annum
$in 10 years
for a time period of
Returnsbased on historic SIP returns of 3.16% per annum
$+ 3.16

VWO Summary Data

Total Net Assets $i
Average Mkt Cap Mil $i
Symbol VWO
Exchange ARCX
ISIN US9220428588
Cat. Benchmark MSCI ACWI Ex USA NR USD
Asset class Equity
Category Diversified Emerging Mkts
Country US

VWO Key Metrics

Net Expense Ratio 0.1i
Beta 0.96i
Valuations Rates Portfolio PE 13.19638i
3 Year Standard Deviation 18.9i

Fund Strategy

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF tracks the performance of the FTSE Emerging Markets Index. The fund intends to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks issued by companies located in emerging market countries. The ETF weights these holdings based on market capitalization.

VWO Fact Sheets & Reports

Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF | VWO