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This ETF offers targeted exposure to the U.S. consumer discretionary sector, making it a potentially useful tool for investors implementing a sector rotation strategy or seeking to tilt their portfolio towards high beta holdings. VCR could potentially have appeal to long-term buy-and-holders as well, since the discretionary sector generally receives smaller allocations in broad-based U.S. equity funds. Vanguard ETFs are generally among the most cost efficient choices in any category, but that isn't necessarily the case here; both FCL and XLY are slightly cheaper in terms of expense ratio. There are, however, no consumer discretionary ETFs that can match the depth of holdings delivered by VCR; the unique Vanguard structure allows this fund to hold close to 400 individual stocks and avoid excessive concentration in a small handful of mega cap stocks. There are a number of potential alternatives to VCR besides those ETFs mentioned above; the equal-weighted RCD is one option, while the alpha-seeking FXD and PEZ could be interesting options as well.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VCR 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 Consumer Discretionary 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.com Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Vanguard)
There are 4 other ETFs in the Consumer Discretionary Equities ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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