- Last Ratings Update:01/31/2015
- Price as of 01/31/2015 :$86.55
- Net Assets:$22,958.301 Million
- Peer Rank:35 of 271
- Investment Rating:A
We rate Vanguard REIT ETF at A. This overall rating indicates it is among the top 10% of all closed end funds in its peer group. Positive factors that influence this rating include a well above average total return, low price volatility, low expense structure and long term portfolio management tenure. The fund invests approximately 99% of its assets in stocks and may be considered for investors seeking an Equity Income strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks very high in comparison with peers over the last three years. The Vanguard REIT ETF has returned an annual rate of 10.58% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 19.94% in the last five years, 15.33% in the last three years, and 33.57% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 94% of them. It has also outpaced 80% of its competitors on a three year basis and 94% of them over the last year for the period ending 1/31/2015. On a year to date basis, VNQ has returned 6.85%.
Downside risk has been below average. VNQ has a draw down risk of -14.32%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 13.4%. This fund has had moderate volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 1/31/2015, the fund was trading at a price of $86.55, which is 3.0% below its 52-week high of $89.27 and 6.4% above its 52-week low of $81.34.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $22.96 billion, VNQ maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Equity Income peers of just 0.10% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As VNQ is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The Vanguard REIT ETF is managed by Gerard C. O'Reilly at Vanguard Group Inc. This fund is one of 67 Vanguard Group Inc exchange-traded funds launched since 5/24/2001 that we track.
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