VWO Emerging Markets ETF

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VWO - Profile


  • Issuer: Vanguard
  • Structure: ETF
  • Expense Ratio: 0.15%
  • ETF Home Page: VWO
  • Inception: Mar 04, 2005
  • Tax Form: 1099
  • VWO Tracks This Index: FTSE Emerging Index

Investment Themes

Alternative ETFs in the Emerging Markets Equities Category

Type Ticker Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest SCHE 0.14% $1,245.0 M 553,168 -14.81%
Largest (AUM) EEM 0.67% $20,557.6 M 60,321,744 -15.39%
Most Liquid (Volume) EEM 0.67% $20,557.6 M 60,321,744 -15.39%
Top YTD Performer RSX 0.63% $1,673.0 M 12,438,461 8.54%


The index includes large and mid cap securities from advanced and secondary emerging markets, classified in accordance with FTSE's transparent Country Classification Review Process.

Realtime Rating

VWO - Realtime Rating

Realtime Rating Summary

VWO is a passive ETF that seeks to replicate FTSE Emerging Index. The index includes large and mid cap securities from advanced and secondary emerging markets, classified in accordance with FTSE's transparent Country Classification Review Process.

The adjacent table shows a VWO Realtime Rating for 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, highlights the best rated ETF in the Emerging Markets Equities category for each metric. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.

VWO Overall Realtime Rating: A

A+ Overall Rated ETF: KEMP

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity A n/a
Expenses A n/a
Performance B n/a
Volatility B n/a
Dividend A n/a
Concentration A n/a

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Analyst Report

VWO - Analyst Report

VWO is one of the largest ETFs in the world, having been embraced by investors as an efficient way to establish exposure to emerging markets. Given the opportunity to establish broad-based exposure to the developing economies of the world, VWO may appeal to a number of different investors; this fund can be used as a short-term trading vehicle or as a core holding in a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio. It should be noted, however, that VWO tends to attract longer-term investors; those with short time horizons gravitate towards EEM, which boasts a deep and active options market and generally experiences greater trading volumes. VWO has become incredibly popular for a reason; the extremely low expense ratio charged by this ETF makes it a cheap way to access an asset class that is a critical component of any growth-oriented long-term strategy. The fact that VWO is available for commission-free trading on multiple platforms further enhances the appeal to cost-conscious investors. There's a lot to like about the balance of the portfolio as well; VWO invests in hundreds of stocks across dozens of different emerging markets in all corners of the globe, ensuring that no one market or sector has too significant an impact on performance. There are, of course, plenty of intriguing alternatives to VWO. An equal-weighted fund from Rydex (EWEM) includes the same holdings as VWO but assigns an equivalent weight to each, making it potentially appealing for those seeking to avoid cap-weighted methodologies. WisdomTree's dividend-weighted DEM is another option for those who prefer alternative weightings strategies, as is PXH from PowerShares. Overall, VWO is a great option for long-term investors, offering balanced exposure at a low fee.

VWO In-Depth Analysis

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


VWO - Holdings

Filings Data as of: Aug 04, 2015

VWO Asset Allocation

Asset Percentage
U.S. Stocks 0.48%
International Stocks 97.83%
U.S. Bonds 0.0%
International Bonds 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.58%
Convertibles 0.0%
Cash 1.11%
Other 0.0%

VWO Sector Breakdown

Sector Percentage
Financial Services 25.71%
Technology 16.0%
Basic Materials 7.88%
Communication Services 7.77%
Energy 7.49%
Consumer Defensive 7.26%
Consumer Cyclical 7.22%
Industrials 5.01%
Utilities 3.58%
Real Estate 2.97%
Health Care 2.63%

VWO Market Cap Breakdown

Market Cap Percentage
Giant 45.87%
Large 32.43%
Medium 11.63%
Small 1.52%
Micro 0.38%

VWO Region Breakdown

Region Percentage
Asia (Emerging) 48.88%
Latin America 15.33%
Asia (Developed) 15.07%
Africa 9.41%
Europe 7.59%
Middle East 0.96%
U.S. 0.48%
Australia 0.0%
Canada 0.0%
Japan 0.0%

VWO Market Tier Breakdown

Region Percentage
Emerging 81.13%
Developed 16.63%

VWO Country Breakdown

Country Percentage
China 26.67%
Indonesia 2.31%
Taiwan 14.06%
India 11.48%
South Africa 9.03%
Brazil 8.12%
Mexico 5.09%
Malaysia 4.02%
Russia 4.01%
Thailand 2.61%
Other 12.6%

VWO - Expenses & Fees

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

Expenses Ratio Analysis

Expense Ratio
VWO Rank: 2 of 87
VWO 0.15%
Category Low SCHE (0.14%)
Category High MES (0.99%)

VWO - Performance

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

1 Week Return
VWO Rank: 62 of 83
VWO -0.21%
Category Low SCIN (-2.81%)
Category High NGE (8.15%)
4 Week Return
VWO Rank: 54 of 84
VWO -10.99%
Category Low SCIN (-20.95%)
Category High QAT (-2.63%)
13 Week Return
VWO Rank: 53 of 83
VWO -19.53%
Category Low IDXJ (-31.53%)
Category High SCIF (-4.06%)
26 Week Return
VWO Rank: 37 of 81
VWO -16.68%
Category Low IDXJ (-39.28%)
Category High NGE (-6.48%)
Year to Date Return
VWO Rank: 40 of 79
VWO -14.89%
Category Low IDXJ (-40.79%)
Category High RSX (8.54%)
1 Year Return
VWO Rank: 30 of 77
VWO -24.01%
Category Low EGPT (-45.27%)
Category High SMIN (-1.17%)
3 Year Return
VWO Rank: 30 of 60
VWO -8.17%
Category Low RSXJ (-53.02%)
Category High SMIN (50.36%)
5 Year Return
VWO Rank: 12 of 39
VWO -8.99%
Category Low SCIF (-47.86%)
Category High GULF (51.74%)

VWO - Charts

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 VWO relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.


VWO - Valuation

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

P/E Ratio
VWO Rank: 50 of 72
VWO 13.47
Category Low IDXJ (4.0)
Category High EPHE (19.18)

As of Sep 02, 2015


VWO - Dividend

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

Annual Dividend Yield
VWO Rank: 34 of 79
VWO 3.21%
Category Low SMIN (0.31%)
Category High IDXJ (7.46%)

As of Sep 02, 2015


VWO - Technicals

VWO Volatility Analysis

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

5 Day Volatility
VWO Rank: 36 of 84
VWO 75.52%
Category Low ASEA (4.80%)
Category High SCIF (278.88%)
20 Day Volatility
VWO Rank: 45 of 84
VWO 34.67%
Category Low QEMM (18.88%)
Category High QDEM (64.94%)
50 Day Volatility
VWO Rank: 42 of 83
VWO 28.08%
Category Low PAK (15.93%)
Category High EEHB (49.75%)
200 Day Volatility
VWO Rank: 51 of 81
VWO 22.34%
Category Low FM (14.92%)
Category High EEHB (38.94%)
VWO Rank: 50 of 83
VWO 1.23
Category Low PAK (0.75)
Category High QDEM (2.23)
Standard Deviation
VWO Rank: 33 of 75
VWO 2.27%
Category Low PIE (0.84%)
Category High EGPT (8.17%)

VWO Technicals

  • 20 Day MA: $35.38
  • 60 Day MA: $38.38
  • MACD 15 Period: -0.98
  • MACD 100 Period: -6.58
  • Williams % Range 10 Day: 34.81
  • Williams % Range 20 Day: 62.14
  • RSI 10 Day: 38
  • RSI 20 Day: 37
  • RSI 30 Day: 37
  • Ultimate Oscillator: 49

VWO Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day): $32.13
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day): $35.57
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day): $31.95
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day): $38.78
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day): $32.45
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day): $40.08

VWO Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1: n/a
  • Support Level 2: $33.10
  • Resistance Level 1: n/a
  • Resistance Level 2: $34.00

VWO Stochastic

  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day): 66.28
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day): 45.65
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day): 58.29
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day): 50.89
Fact Sheet

VWO - Fact Sheet

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