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.
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.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.
There are 5 other ETFs in the Foreign Small & Mid Cap 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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