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Top 10 Vanguard ETFs in Australia [2022]

When it comes to exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the Vanguard Group is one of the most well-known names for long term investors, with over $10 trillion in funds under management. Having over 80 investment products in Australia alone, here we will be presenting the top 10 Vanguard ETFs in Australia, sorted by market capitalisation within Australia.

Key highlights:

  • Vanguard is amongst the top three largest index fund managers in the world, with offices in the U.S., UK, Asia, Canada and Australia.
  • Vanguard ETFs provide investors with an easy way to have a diversified portfolio, with their ETFs having holdings in the international stock market, emerging markets, real estate, fixed income, treasury bonds, and many more.
  • Compared to most managed funds, Vanguard ETFs are usually passively managed - hence offering investors a relatively low cost option fee-wise, charging only 0.09% in management fees on average.

Who is Vanguard Australia?

Vanguard Australia is the Australian subsidiary of the Vanguard Group, a global fund management company that provides managed funds and ETFs to investors. Other services provided by the Vanguard Group include asset management, financial advisory, and brokerage services.

The founder of Vanguard, John C. Bogle, has been credited with creating the first index fund ever available to investors. His philosophy was to provide investors with a low-cost way of owning a diversified portfolio. With Vanguard Australia, both sophisticated and retail investors can invest across several asset classes without breaking the bank.

What Vanguard Australia products can you invest in?

Vanguard offers Australians two main investment options - mutual funds and ETFs. Mutual funds are those not listed on the exchange, while ETFs can be bought and sold by investors on the Australian stock market. Both options provide Australians with diversified portfolios, reducing the need for most investors to pick stocks individually.

The company has 30 different Australian ETFs alone, its most popular ones being focused on index funds and international stocks. With this, there are several choices available for investors, allowing them to pick specific ETFs depending on their investment goals.

Top 10 Vanguard ETFs in Australia to watch

ETF Name

Ticker Symbol

ETF Price

Year to Date

Market Capitalisation

Distribution Yield

Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF

VAS

$90.00

-7.34%

$12.01b

7.4%

Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF

VGS

$95.69

-10.82%

$5.16b

1.82%

Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF

VTS

$301.48

-10.69%

$3.13b

1.26%

Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield ETF

VHY

$68.48

-3.55%

$2.64b

6%

Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF

VAP

$76.95

-23.99%

$2.24b

4.59%

Vanguard All-World ex US Shares Index ETF

VEU

$75.87

-11.36%

$2.2b

3.05%

Vanguard MSCI Index Internation Shares (Hedged) ETF

VGAD

$78.71

-15.47%

$2b

0%

Vanguard Diversified High Growth Index ETF

VDHG

$55.56

-11.92%

$1.87b

4.95%

Vanguard Australian Fixed Interest Index ETF

VAF

$44.75

-8.58%

$1.52b

1.56%

Vanguard Australian Government Bond Index ETF

VGB

$45.99

-8.68%

$780m

0.5%

Data as of 23 November 2022

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Discover the most traded Vanguard ETFs in Australia

1. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS)

Market Capitalisation: $12.01b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $90.00

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 92% / 8%

The most popular low-cost choice for Australian investors, VAS is a total market index fund ETF that tracks the ASX-300. Given that it is made up mostly of established, dividend-paying, large-cap stocks. Its 3 biggest holdings are in BHP Group Limited ($BHP) (9.02%), Commonwealth Bank ($CBA) (8.53%), and CSL Limited ($CSL) (6.45%) respectively. It's smallest holding on the other hand is on Firefinch Ltd. ($FFX) (0.00314%).

2. Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF (VGS)

Market Capitalisation: $5.16b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $95.69

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 93% / 7%

VGS tracks the return of the MSCI World index, excluding Australian stocks. It is another index fund but is an international stock ETF that has holdings in approximately 1,500 companies in developed countries such as the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Switzerland. VGS is one of the best vanguard ETFs for a global portfolio. Its 3 biggest holdings are in Apple ($AAPL) (5.18%), Microsoft ($MSFT) (3.44%), and Amazon ($AMZN) (1.96%).

3. Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF (VTS)

Market Capitalisation: $3.13b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $301.48

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 92% / 8%

VTS is a Vanguard total stock market ETF, meaning that the exposure that VTS provides is approximately equal to that of the entire U.S. stock market. Vanguard markets the ETF as one of the most low-cost ETFs they offer, especially suitable to investors seeking capital growth, some income, and with a higher tolerance for risk. The fund holds over 4,000 stocks, with its top 3 holdings in Apple ($AAPL) (6.12%), Microsoft ($MSFT) (4.53%) and Amazon ($AMZN) (2.32%).

4. Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield ETF (VHY)

Market Capitalisation: $2.64b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $68.48

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 88% / 12%

Income-oriented investors will love VHY – this is one of the best Vanguard ETFs, if not the best when it comes to exposure to the highest dividend-paying stocks in Australia. It is also diversified enough that any one industry can only comprise a maximum of 40% of VHY's portfolio. It is important to note that Australian Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) do not form part of its holdings. The 3 largest companies in VHY are Commonwealth Bank ($CBA) (9.9%), BHP Group Limited ($BHP) (8.75%) and National Australia Bank ($NAB) (8.15%).

5. Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF (VAP)

Market Capitalisation: $2.24b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $76.95

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 87% / 13%

VAP is a Vanguard Real Estate ETF available to Australians, tracking the ASX-300's A-REIT index. For investors wanting to have holdings in Australian property stocks, VAP would be an attractive opportunity. Additionally, it is an investment in the real estate market without having to directly purchase illiquid property assets or take out a mortgage.

As one of Vanguard's few sector ETFs – ETFs that focus only on one specific sector – do note that VAP would not be able to provide the diversification that Vanguard's total stock market ETFs have. Goodman Group ($GMG) (23.64%), Scentre Group ($SCG) (12.31%) and Stockland ($SGP) (7.03%) are the 3 largest holdings in the fund.

6. Vanguard All-World ex US Shares Index ETF (VEU)

Market Capitalisation: $2.2b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $75.87

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 92% / 8%

As stated by its name, VEU seeks to track the return of the FTSE Global ex-U.S. Index – which means that this is another international stock ETF that provides exposure to companies in both developed and emerging markets outside of the U.S.

The ETF has holdings in 3,720 different stocks at the moment of writing, with its largest allocations in Japan (15.5%), the UK (10.1%) and China (7.3%) companies.

7. Vanguard MSCI Index Internation Shares (Hedged) ETF (VGAD)

Market Capitalisation: $2b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $78.71

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 91% / 9%

Similar to VEU in the previous section, VGAD tracks the return of MSCI World, excluding Australian shares. While VEU is for international shares outside the U.S., VGAD is for shares outside Australia. As such, VGAD is also an international stock ETF, providing exposure to the growth potential of several other countries.

8. Vanguard Diversified High Growth Index ETF (VDHG)

Market Capitalisation: $1.87b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $55.56

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 93% / 7%

To put VDHG shortly, it is an ETF of funds. Its holdings are all in other Vanguard funds/ETFs, including but not limited to VAS, VAF, Vanguard International Shares Index Fund and Vanguard Emerging Markets Shares Index Fund.

VDHG is mainly a Vanguard growth ETF, with 90% of its portfolio allocation in growth assets, and only 10% in income assets. VDHG is designed to be for investors with a higher risk tolerance.

9. Vanguard Australian Fixed Interest Index ETF (VAF)

Market Capitalisation: $1.52b

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $44.75

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 82% / 18%

VAF is for those looking to add fixed income securities into their portfolio. Tracking the Bloomberg Ausbond Composite Index, VAF invests in bonds that have a rating of BBB- and above, which means they hold only high-quality government, corporate, and overseas bonds. The fund currently has holdings from over 200 fixed income issuers, and has a weighted average coupon of 2.7%. With rising interest rates, it is likely that VAF will have higher coupon bonds in the near future.

10. Vanguard Australian Government Bond Index ETF (VGB)

Market Capitalisation: $780m

Stock price (as of 23/11/22): $45.99

Stake Platform Bought / Sold (1 Jan 2022 - 25 Nov 2022): 60% / 40%

Similar to VAF above, VGB is a fixed income Vanguard ETF – but this time, specifically for Australian government bonds. As a result, the minimum bond rating for VGB's holdings are AA and above. By investing in VGB, one would not have to worry about bond prices as Vanguard promotes this fund as protection from capital volatility. The fund currently has 153 different holdings with a weighted average coupon rate of 2.6%.

Vanguard ETFs FAQs

What is the expense ratio in exchange traded funds (ETFs)?

Expense ratios are the cost of owning a fund – it is the percentage that fund managers such as Vanguard take from your returns in order to cover their operating costs. A general benchmark for expense ratios is that anything below 0.2% is good, and those above 1% are too high.

As Vanguard prides itself as a low-cost fund manager, most of its funds have low expense ratios with their average at just 0.09%.

Which Vanguard ETF has been the most popular on Stake?

The three most traded ETFs on Stake are Vanguard Australian Shares ETF ($VAS), Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF ($VGS) and Vanguard Diversified High Growth ETF ($VDHG), which are #1, #2 and #8 on our list respectively. This is interesting to learn, as VAS and VGS provide exposure to the international stock market, showing that most investors look into global diversification for their assets.

Which Vanguard Australia ETF has performed the best in the last five years?

Almost unsurprisingly, the best Vanguard ETF in terms of capital growth over the last five years is the Vanguard U.S. Total Market Shares ETF ($VTS), having returned an impressive 13.94% per annum. This means that if you had invested $10,000 five years ago, it would now be worth approximately $20,000 (don't forget about compounding).

For those seeking a high dividend yield, the best performing Vanguard ETF in this list was VAS – with a historical yield of 7.4%. It also grew to 8.57% per annum in the last five years. Definitely a lot more than a relatively measly 3% that savings accounts has been offering.

This does not constitute financial product advice nor a recommendation to invest in the securities listed. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. As always, do your own research and consider seeking appropriate financial or taxation advice before investing.


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