Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund Admiral (VFTAX) seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of large- and mid-capitalization stocks. The fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the FTSE4Good US Select Index. The index, which is market-capitalization weighted, is composed of large- and mid-cap stocks of companies that are screened for certain ESG criteria by the index sponsor. The manager attempts to replicate the target index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in the stocks that make up the index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the index.

Fund Overview

  • Net Assets: $13.03 Billion
  • YTD Return: 9.48%
  • Yield: 1.05%
  • Annual Report Expense Ratio (net): 0.14%

Top 10 Holdings (30.00% of Total Assets)

NameSymbol% Assets
Apple IncAAPL6.64%
Microsoft CorpMSFT6.02% IncAMZN4.69%
Facebook Inc AFB2.49%
Alphabet Inc AGOOGL2.25%
Alphabet Inc Class CGOOG2.24%
Tesla IncTSLA1.73%
JPMorgan Chase & CoJPM1.48%
Visa Inc Class AV1.26%
UnitedHealth Group IncUNH1.20%

VFTAX is one of the least expensive socially responsible funds available, which may explain its surge in popularity last year. The fund gained almost $3 billion in assets under management during the second half of 2020 alone. It has picked up another $720 million or so in 2021.

This fund is geared toward investors who want a broadly diversified portfolio without exposure to firms operating in controversial industries. Its low fees are one of its strongest assets.

VFTAX does not invest in firms that deal with significant business ties to tobacco, alcohol, nuclear power, adult entertainment, gambling and fossil fuels as well as companies with human rights, labor, corruption or environmental controversies.

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