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This ETF offers targeted exposure to the U.S. consumer staples sector, making it too targeted for investors looking to simply buy and hold but a potentially useful tool for those implementing a sector rotation strategy or seeking to tilt their portfolio towards low beta holdings. Vanguard ETFs are generally among the most cost efficient choices in any category, but that isn't necessarily the case here; both FCD and XLP are slightly cheaper in terms of expense ratio. There are, however, no consumer staples ETFs that can match the depth of holdings delivered by VDC; the unique Vanguard structure allows this fund to hold more than 100 individual stocks and avoid excessive concentration in a small handful of mega cap stocks. There are a number of potential alternatives to VDC besides those ETFs mentioned above; the equal-weighted RHS is one option, while the alpha-seeking FXG and PSL could be interesting options as well.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for VDC 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 Consumer Staples 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.
This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Vanguard)
There are 6 other ETFs in the Consumer Staples 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.
This section compares the fund flows of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.