This ETF is a low cost option for accessing advanced Asia Pacific economies. VPL consists almost entirely of developed market exposure, with Japan accounting for most of the portfolio and Australia also making up a significant chunk. Given this profile, VPL can potentially be used in a number of different ways; this ETF is certainly useful as a short term trading vehicle for those seeking exposure to advanced Asian economies, and can potentially be used as a core holding in a longer-term portfolio as well. It should be noted, however, that VPL won't give investors exposure to emerging Asian economies (some of the other options in the Asia Pacific Equities ETFdb Category will include both developed and emerging markets). The portfolio of VPL is concentrated in two equity markets, but overall this ETF does a nice job of spreading exposure across sectors of the economy, and limits individual security concentration by holding nearly 500 different stocks. The concentration in large and mega cap stocks is worth noting, as this feature often diminishes the correlation to local markets. VPL's biggest draw is its rock bottom expense ratio; this Vanguard fund is considerably cheaper than other ETFs offering exposure to the Asia Pacific region. Moreover, VPL is available commission free for some investors (those with Vanguard accounts), which could further increase the value proposition.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VPL 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 Asia Pacific 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 ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Vanguard)
There are 9 other ETFs in the Asia Pacific 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.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.
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