VB seeks to replicate a benchmark which offers exposure to small cap firms in the U.S. equity market. The investment thesis behind small caps is that these firms are likely to provide strong growth prospects to a portfolio and should have a much easier time growing then their large cap counterparts. However, these securities are extremely volatile and can experience large losses or gains in a very short period of time. Despite their volatility, these products should probably be in every investors' portfolio as they tend to move somewhat independently of large caps and can be a better 'pure play' on the American economy. This particular ETF, since it focuses on both value and growth securities, could provide more of a diversified play than products that just focus on 'growth' or 'value' securities within this segment. Thanks to this broad focus, VB has an extremely large number of securities-- close to 1,720 in total-- and does a great job of dividing up assets among the components as no one company makes up more than 30 basis points of total assets. Thanks to this high level of diversification and VB's low expense ratio, the fund could make for a quality addition to portfolios of investors who are looking for small cap exposure and do not have a preference in terms of value or growth equities.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VB on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Small Cap Blend Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.
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This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
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