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  • ETF
  • VSS
    Pricing Data
    Change: $0.44 (-0.0%)
    Time: 10/27/16
    Previous Close: $97.19
  • Category
  • Foreign Small & Mid Cap Equities
Last Updated:



Trading Data

Open: - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • 52 Week Lo: $79.56
  • 52 Week Hi: $100.67
  • AUM: $2,668.1 M
  • Shares: 27.5 M

Investment Themes

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume: 103,113
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume: 109,620

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Analyst Report

This ETF offers exposure to small caps listed outside of the U.S., an asset class that should be a core component of any long-term portfolio but that is often overlooked by investors. Most broad ex-U.S. ETFs focus primarily on large cap stocks, and feature portfolios that maintain minimal allocations to small or mid cap stocks. Because large cap stocks are often multi-national firms that generate their revenue globally (including the U.S.), they won't always be great pure plays on the local economy. VSS offers exposure to smaller companies, an asset class that can round out exposure and serve as a nice complement to funds like VEU or ACWX. This fund splits exposure between developed and emerging economies, though advanced markets receive the bulk of the allocation (those looking to beef up small cap emerging markets exposure may like EWX). VSS, like most Vanguard products, is extremely efficient from a cost perspective, and is available commission free in Vanguard accounts.

Realtime Rating

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Realtime Rating Summary

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VSS 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 Foreign Small & Mid Cap 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.

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VSS Overall Realtime Rating:

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A SCZ
Expenses A+ VSS

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VSS In-Depth Analysis

The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb Category.

VSS Holdings

Filings Data as of: Oct 04, 2016
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Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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% Assets in Top 10
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Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 1.36%
International Stocks 88.57%
U.S. Bonds 0.01%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.19%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 7.42%
Other 2.46%

Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Industrials 16.34%
Consumer Cyclical 14.5%
Technology 11.07%
Basic Materials 10.56%
Real Estate 8.97%
Financial Services 8.04%
Health Care 6.06%
Consumer Defensive 5.51%
Energy 4.53%
Utilities 2.39%
Communication Services 1.23%

Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 0.02%
Large 2.62%
Medium 54.3%
Small 30.16%
Micro 1.52%

Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
Europe 24.98%
Japan 14.19%
Canada 12.48%
Asia (Developed) 11.52%
Asia (Emerging) 9.39%
Australia 4.84%
Latin America 1.78%
U.S. 1.35%
Africa 0.83%
Middle East 0.41%

Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Developed 76.65%
Emerging 12.56%

Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
Japan 14.19%
India 2.52%
Canada 12.48%
United Kingdom 10.21%
Taiwan 5.5%
Australia 4.13%
South Korea 3.94%
China 3.5%
Germany 3.26%
Sweden 3.24%
Other 37.03%

VSS Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb Category.

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Expenses Ratio Analysis

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Commission Free Trading

This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Vanguard, TD Ameritrade)

Category Commission Free Trading

There are 6 other ETFs in the Foreign Small & Mid Cap Equities ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:

VSS Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb Category.

1 Week Return
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13 Week Return
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26 Week Return
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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 VSS relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.

VSS Valuation

This section shows how the P/E multiple of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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VSS Dividend

This section shows how the dividend yield of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

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Annual Dividend Yield
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VSS Technicals

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Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb Category.

5 Day Volatility
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20 Day Volatility
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50 Day Volatility
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200 Day Volatility
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  • 20 Day MA: $98.13
  • 60 Day MA: $98.21
  • MACD 15 Period: -0.98
  • MACD 100 Period: 0.22
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 98.19
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 89.24
  • RSI 10 Day: 36
  • RSI 20 Day: 44
  • RSI 30 Day: 48
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 41

Bollinger Brands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $96.65
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $98.92
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $96.44
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $99.85
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $96.38
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $100.25

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: $96.48
  • Support Level 2: $96.20
  • Resistance Level 1: $97.26
  • Resistance Level 2: $97.76


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 28.64
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 20.24
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 40.20
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 35.56

Fact Sheet

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