Consumer Staples ETF (VDC)


Options Expense ratio Minimum
Admiral 0.10% N/A
ETF 0.10%

Vanguard ETF Shares can be bought and sold only through a broker (who may charge a commission) and cannot be redeemed with the issuing fund. The market price of Vanguard ETF Shares may be more or less than net asset value.

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Product type: Consumer Staples
 inception on 01/26/2004
$4.9 billion

This represents the total net assets for all share classes of Vanguard's U.S. funds, as well as any collective trust that shares the same investment strategy, management and holdings.

 as of 10/31/2018
$4.3 billion net assets for
 as of 10/31/2018
91 holdings as of 10/31/2018
Indexed to the MSCI US IMI Consumer Staples 25/50 (M5US5CSI)
Turnover rate (Fiscal year-end  08/31/2018) 8.20%
CUSIP: 92204A207


Intraday Optimized Value Ticker
Intraday Optimized Value (IOV), also known as the Intraday Indicative Value (IIV), is the calculated per share price of the ETF which is published every 15 seconds based on the last sale price of each of the underlying securities in the portfolio basket, plus any estimated cash amounts associated with the creation unit.

Outstanding shares: 31,474,060 as of 11/30/2018
ETF exchange: NYSE Arca

Investment approach

  • Seeks to track the performance of the MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index.
  • Multicapitalization equity in the consumer staples sector.
  • Employs a passively managed, full-replication strategy when possible.
  • If regulatory constraints prevent full replication, the fund uses a sampling strategy to approximate the index’s key characteristics. (The fund is currently sampling the index.)
  • The fund remains fully invested.
  • Low expenses minimize net tracking error.

Total returns

as of 09/30/2018

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as of 09/30/2018

  1 year 3 year 5 year 10 year


Market price  3.83% 7.62% 9.16% 10.34% 9.54%
3.82% 7.61% 9.16% 10.36% 9.54%

Spliced U.S. Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index

3.90% 7.70% 9.26% 10.34%

* MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples Index through February 26, 2010; MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index thereafter.

The performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so investors' shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data cited.

Top subsectors as of 10/31/2018

Subindustry VDC

MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index

+/- Weight
Soft Drinks 19.9% 19.9% 0.0%
Household Products 19.5% 19.5% 0.0%
Packaged Foods & Meats 16.7% 16.7% 0.0%
Hypermarkets & Super Centers 12.3% 12.3% 0.0%
Tobacco 12.3% 12.3% 0.0%
Drug Retail 3.9% 3.9% 0.0%
Personal Products 3.7% 3.7% 0.0%
Agricultural Products 2.9% 2.9% 0.0%
Food Distributors 2.9% 2.9% 0.0%
Distillers & Vintners 2.7% 2.7% 0.0%
Top sectors equal 96.8% of stock

Sector categories are based on the Global Industry Classification Standard, except for the "Other" category (if applicable), which includes securities that have not been provided a Global Industry Classification Standard as of the effective reporting period.

Top 10 Equity Holdings as of 10/31/2018

Rank Holding
1 Procter & Gamble Co.
2 Coca-Cola Co.
3 PepsiCo Inc.
4 Walmart Inc.
5 Philip Morris International Inc.
6 Altria Group Inc.
7 Costco Wholesale Corp.
8 Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.
9 Mondelez International Inc.
10 Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Top 10 equals 64.6% of net assets

Portfolio holdings may exclude any temporary cash investments and equity index products.



as of 10/31/2018

MSCI US Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index

Number of stock 91 90
Avg market cap $118.0 billion $118.0 billion
Median market cap $122.3 billion $122.3 billion
P/E ratio 20.2x 20.2x
P/B ratio 4.0x 4.0x
Turnover rate 8.2% Fiscal year end 8/2018 N/A

Risk and volatility as of 10/31/2018


Spliced U.S. Investable Market Consumer Staples 25/50 Index

R-squared N/A 1.00
Beta N/A 1.00
Alpha – 0.01 N/A
Standard deviation 9.41% 9.42%
Sharpe ratio 0.57 0.58

Risk and volatility are based on the share class with the earliest inception date.

Risk measures are calculated from trailing 36-month fund returns relative to the associated benchmarks.

An investment in the fund could lose money over short or even long periods. You should expect the fund’s share price and total return to fluctuate within a wide range, like the fluctuations of the overall stock market. Although Consumer Staples ETF is listed for trading on the NYSE Arca, it is possible that an active trading market may not be maintained. Trading of Consumer Staples ETF on the NYSE Arca may be halted if NYSE Arca officials deem such action appropriate, if Consumer Staples ETF is delisted from the NYSE Arca, or if the activation of marketwide ”circuit breakers” halts stock trading generally. The fund’s performance could be hurt by:

  • Stock market risk: The chance that stock prices overall will decline. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising stock prices and periods of falling stock prices. The fund’s target index may, at times, become focused in stocks of a particular sector, category, or group of companies. Because the fund seeks to track its target index, the fund may underperform the overall stock market.
  • Sector risk: The chance that significant problems will affect a particular sector, or that returns from that sector will trail returns from the overall stock market. Daily fluctuations in specific market sectors are often more extreme or volatile than fluctuations in the overall market. Because the fund invests all, or substantially all, of its assets in the consumer staples sector, the fund’s performance largely depends—for better or for worse—on the general condition of that sector. Companies in the consumer staples sector could be affected by, among other things, consumer tastes, government regulation, marketing, and consumer confidence. Sector risk is expected to be high for the fund.
  • Nondiversification risk: The chance that the fund’s performance may be hurt disproportionately by the poor performance of relatively few stocks or even a single stock. The fund is considered nondiversified, which means that it may invest a greater percentage of its assets in the securities of a small number of issuers as compared with other mutual funds. Because the fund tends to invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in its ten largest holdings, fluctuations in the market value of a single fund holding could cause significant changes to the fund’s share price. Nondiversification risk is expected to be high for the fund.
  • Investment style risk: The chance that returns from the types of stocks in which the fund invests will trail returns from the overall stock market. Small-, mid-, and large-cap stocks each tend to go through cycles of doing better—or worse—than other segments of the stock market or the stock market in general. These periods have, in the past, lasted for as long as several years. Historically, small- and mid-cap stocks have been more volatile in price than large-cap stocks. Small and mid-size companies tend to have greater stock volatility because, among other things, these companies are more sensitive to changing economic conditions.

Vanguard ETF Shares can be bought and sold only through a broker (who may charge a commission) and cannot be redeemed with the issuing fund. The market price of Vanguard ETF Shares may be more or less than net asset value. Investments are subject to market risk. Go to the performance page to read more about risk and volatility.