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ETF full name: Vanguard US Dividend Appreciation ETF CAD-H

Segment: Large-cap blend (US Equity)

ETF provider: Vanguard

VGH details
Issuer Vanguard
Dividend  $0.18
Inception date 2 August 2013
Expense ratio 0.30%
Management company Vanguard Equity Index Group
Average 3-5 EPS N/A
Average Annualized Return 17%
Investment objective Seeks to track the performance of the S&P US Dividend Growers Index (CAD-hedged)
Investment geography North America
Benchmark S&P US Dividend Growers Index (CAD-hedged)
Leveraged N/A
Median market capitalization $191.9 billion
ESG rating N/A
Number of holdings 268
Weighting methodology  Weighted

About the VGH ETF

The Vanguard US Dividend Appreciation ETF CAD-H inception was on 2 August 2013. The VGH fund trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol, VGH.

The fund aims to track stocks of US companies that have a record of increasing dividends over time, whose Index is hedged to the Canadian dollar. The fund benchmarks the S&P US Dividend Growers Index (CAD-hedged).

Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. manages the VGH fund.

VGH Fact-set analytics insight

The VGH ETF has a net expense ratio of 0.30%. The fund has a median market cap of $191.9 billion and total net assets of $413 million. Furthermore, the fund has a daily trade volume of 33,613 units. The VGH fund has a spread of 0.08%.

VGH performance analysis

VGH performance analysis The Vanguard US dividend appreciation index ETF had a year-to-date return of 19.42%. The fund distributes dividends quarterly, and the last dividend paid was $0.18.

The projected growth of a $10,000 investment since inception came to $25,478.  The VGH fund has no ESG ratings.  The fund is currently trading at $56.22 per share.


Resource ETF DATABASE MarketWatch
VGH Rating N/A N/A N/A *** N/A
VGH ESG Rating N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

VGH key holdings

The VGH fund has a total of 268 holdings. The fund invests in US equities, and therefore, its geographical distribution is in North America only.

The fund’s top sector breakdown is as follows:

  • Industrials 22.1%
  • Consumer discretionary 15.6%
  • Financials 15.4%
  • Health care 13.9%
  • Technology 13.4%

Below is a list of the top ten holdings by company.

Ticker Holding name % of assets
MSFT Microsoft Corp. 4.5 %
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. 3.9%
JNJ Johnson & Johnson 3.8%
UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc. 3.3%
V Visa Inc. 3.2%
HD Home Depot Inc. 3.1%
PG Procter & Gamble Co. 3.0%
CMCSA Comcast Corp. 2.3%
ABT Abbott Laboratories 1.9%
PEP PepsiCo Inc. 1.8%

Industry outlook

The VGH fund had an average annual return of 10.4% over the past eight years. The stock is currently trading in the 70%-80% percentile range relative to its historical stock score levels.

The fund has an expense ratio of 0.30%, which is quite affordable compared to its peers in the category.

The fund is ideally suited for investors looking to benefit from long-term large-cap equities. Furthermore, the projected growth of the fund is showing significant returns, with a 254% return on investment since 2013.

Analysts have rated the fund a buy right now. However, investors should consider the risks related to the stock market carefully.

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