Is Vanguard good for ETFs

Best ETF of the Year - Vanguard FTSE All-World

An index that really maps the whole world

The special feature of the ETP Award winner is the underlying index, which enables a broadly diversified ETF product: unlike other so-called "world ETFs", the FTSE All-World ETF consists of more than 3,300 positions, invested in around 50 Countries - including industrialized and emerging countries - and thus covers more than 90% of the world's investable market capitalization.

For comparison: the largest global ETF (measured by volume invested) only invests in 23 industrialized countries, covers only 85% of global market capitalization and, with a high US share of more than 63%, has an indisputable cluster risk. It is rightly criticized that there is no real diversification, especially if investors want to invest broadly across the world.

Broad diversification in countries and sectors

The Vanguard FTSE All-World ETF, on the other hand, offers access to shares from 24 industrialized and 23 emerging countries worldwide, including the USA, Eurozone, Japan, China, Canada, Australia and other European and Asian industrialized and emerging countries, but is also from others Founding broadly diversified.

The top 10 holdings - including some of the most successful US and Chinese companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon or Alibaba - have a total of around 13 percent and therefore have no risky surplus. In addition to large and medium-sized companies, some smaller companies are also included, which in turn helps diversify the product.

The same applies to the branch breakdown of the Vanguard FTSE All-World. The product invests broadly diversified and without overweighting in the following sectors: financials (18.11%), technology (15.78%), healthcare (11.82%), industrial (10.59%), consumer discretionary (10.31%) %), Communication (9.14%), consumer staples (8.19%), energy (4.94%), basic materials (4.37%), utilities (3.42%) and real estate (3.20%) *.

Advantages for investors

The very broad diversification of the FTSE All-World ETF ensures that investors hardly suffer from the crashes of individual stocks. In addition, ETF investors have the certainty that they will benefit if markets grow. Vanguard FTSE All-World ETF has achieved a performance of a whopping 34 percent over the past 5 years and the ETF has increased in value of over 130 percent since it was launched in 2012. With an average negative tracking difference, the ETF even performed slightly better than the underlying index *.

In addition, Vanguard's flagship product is very cheap with a total expense ratio of 0.22 percent. And since there is both a distributing and an accumulating version of the FTSE All-World, it is suitable for all age groups who are looking for a broadly diversified global ETF as a basic investment. The Vanguard FTSE All-World ETF provided several good reasons for the jury and audience to ultimately choose it as the best ETF of the year.

(* As of: March 8th, 2020; Source:

Risk notice:

The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and investors can suffer losses on their investments. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.

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