Designed to provide broad exposure to the Consumer Discretionary - Broad segment of the equity market, the Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (
VCR Quick Quote VCR - Free Report) is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 01/26/2004.
Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.
Sector ETFs are also funds of convenience, offering many ways to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Consumer Discretionary - Broad is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 14, placing it in bottom 13%.
The fund is sponsored by Vanguard. It has amassed assets over $4.73 billion, making it one of the largest ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Consumer Discretionary - Broad segment of the equity market. VCR seeks to match the performance of the MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index before fees and expenses.
The MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Discretionary 25/50 Index is designed to transition in and out of securities affected by pending updates to the consumer discretionary sector.
Expense ratios are an important factor in the return of an ETF and in the long term, cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts, other things remaining the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.10%, making it one of the least expensive products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 1.20%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
It is important to delve into an ETF's holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation in the Consumer Discretionary sector--about 98.70% of the portfolio.
Looking at individual holdings, Amazon.com Inc. (
AMZN Quick Quote AMZN - Free Report) accounts for about 23.18% of total assets, followed by Tesla Inc. ( TSLA Quick Quote TSLA - Free Report) and Home Depot Inc. ( HD Quick Quote HD - Free Report) .
The top 10 holdings account for about 61.48% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
The ETF has lost about -25.13% so far this year and is down about -18.28% in the last one year (as of 09/19/2022). In that past 52-week period, it has traded between $222.74 and $355.63.
The ETF has a beta of 1.31 and standard deviation of 28.77% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 326 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, VCR is a great option for investors seeking exposure to the Consumer Discretionary ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
Fidelity MSCI Consumer Discretionary Index ETF (
FDIS Quick Quote FDIS - Free Report) tracks MSCI USA IMI Consumer Discretionary Index and the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLY Quick Quote XLY - Free Report) tracks Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Index. Fidelity MSCI Consumer Discretionary Index ETF has $1.13 billion in assets, Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR ETF has $16.05 billion. FDIS has an expense ratio of 0.08% and XLY charges 0.10%. Bottom Line
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