Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (AMEX: VO ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Vanguard Mid-Cap and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.
Vanguard Mid-Cap facts
|Total Assets||$3.28 billion|
|Investment Approach||Seeks to track the MSCI US Mid Cap 450 Index, which measures the performance of a diversified group of companies with market capitalizations of approximately $1 billion to $8.5 billion.|
|1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Return||4.2% / 23.3% / 1%|
|Top Holdings with High CAPS Interest (at least 1,000 Active Picks) and Portfolio Weight||Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR ) (0.62%)
Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM ) (0.51%)
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG ) (0.49%)
|Alternatives||iShares S&P MidCap 400 Index (NYSE: IJH )
SPDR S&P MidCap 400 (NYSE: MDY )
Sources: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.
Having gotten on board a couple of years ago , JONATHANCO succinctly summed up the bull case:
Midcap beats large cap in most economic environments. Midcap is the sweet spot of [A]merican innovation. Large enough to be credible business, small enough to be flexible and innovate.
Vanguard Mid-Cap, in particular, sports a cheap expense ratio of 0.12%. That's lower than that of other midcap ETFs like iShares S&P MidCap 400 (0.21%) and SPDR S&P MidCap 400 (0.25%).
CAPS member acegdl007 elaborates on the outperform argument:
ETF version of its Mid Cap mutual fund. Vanguard has a great reputation for offering attractive funds and ETF's with some of the lowest management costs and fees. This is a great ETF/fund to include in a 401k portfolio that will add a comfortable dose of risk with potential for good growth in the long term.
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