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This ETF is one of many offering exposure to U.S. health care stocks, a corner of the domestic economy that has historically exhibited relatively low volatility. As a sector-specific ETF, VHT probably isn't all that useful in a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio; most of the underlying companies will be included in broader U.S. equity products. This fund will be more attractive to those looking to put a tactical tilt towards health care stocks in place or as a tool in a sector rotation strategy. One noteworthy element of this ETF is the depth of holdings; with hundreds of individual stocks, VHT casts a considerably wider net than other health care ETFs such as XLV. But this fund is still somewhat concentrated; a small handful of stocks account for a significant portion of the total portfolio, while many of the smaller names have very minor weightings. VHT is also appealing from an expense perspective; the ER is one of the lowest in the ETFdb Category, and commission free trading in Vanguard accounts may further increase the appeal to cost conscious investors. Other options include XLV (for those seeking instant liquidity) and RYH, an equal-weighted fund that may be attractive for those looking to steer clear of market capitalization weighting methodologies.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VHT 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 Health & Biotech 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.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Vanguard)
There are 2 other ETFs in the Health & Biotech Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of VHT relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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