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About VOO

Vanguard 500 Index Fund (the Fund) is an open-end investment company, or mutual fund. The Fund offers four classes of shares: Investor Shares, Admiral Shares, Signal Shares, and Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Shares. The Fund seeks to track the investment performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, an unmanaged benchmark representing the United States large-capitalization stocks. The Fund employs a passive management-or indexing-investment approach designed to track the performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The Fund attempts to replicate the target index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in the stocks that make up the index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the index.

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What is VOO ETF?

VOO is an indicator of how America's largest companies are doing. Also known as Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, this is an exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500).

The S&P 500 index is made of 500 large-cap U.S companies and 80% of all U.S. equities by market cap. The companies within the index are from every U.S. market sector.

For many, VOO is an attractive investment because of its highly diversified nature. 

What is an ETF?

An ETF is a managed fund you can buy or sell on an exchange, just like stocks. But when you invest in an ETF you are effectively investing in a basket of securities as opposed to picking individual companies.

ETFs are often referred to as passive investments. 

For more information about ETFs, click here.

Which stocks are in the VOO ETF?

Some of VOO ETF’s top holdings include Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Tesla, Meta Platforms, Bank of America, Mastercard, Chevron, Walt Disney, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Costco and McDonald’s.

As of the end of February 2022, VOO’s ten largest holdings make up 29.5% of its total net assets.

For a complete list of VOO’s current holdings, click here.

Are VOO and SPY the same ETF?

Both VOO and SPY track the S&P 500 but they are different ETFs with expense ratios of 0.03% p.a. and 0.0945% p.a. respectively.

In terms of strategy, holdings and performance, both ETFs are almost identical. 

The major difference between the two ETFs is that they’re run by different parent companies. VOO is administered by Vanguard while SPY is managed by State Street Global Advisors.

Does VOO pay a dividend?

Yes. As of March 2022, VOO stock pays a dividend yield of 1.34%. 

Through FY2021, Vanguard paid out a total of US$5.44 per share of VOO.

VOO’s dividends are paid every 3 months, usually in March, June, September and December.

How does VOO work?

You can buy or sell VOO stock like any other individual stock. The value of VOO goes up when the average value of companies within the S&P 500 index go up. 

If the value of companies within the S&P 500 index goes down, the value of VOO goes down.

As VOO is made up of 80% of all U.S. equities by market cap, VOO is often regarded as a reflection of how the U.S economy is performing.

Is VOO a good buy?

VOO may be a good purchase for investors wanting to diversify their portfolio without purchasing individual stocks on the S&P 500 index.

As of March 2022, VOO has a median market cap of US$193.6b and an earnings growth rate over the past 5 years of 20.4%.

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