Vanguard FTSE All World ex-U.S. Small-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (NYSE:VSS) seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks of international small-cap companies. The fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the FTSE Global Small Cap ex US Index. The advisor attempts to sample the target index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in common stocks in the index and by holding a representative sample of securities that resembles the full index in terms of key risk factors and other characteristics.

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Fund Overview

  • Net Assets 11.46 Billions
  • YTD Daily Total Return 12.52%
  • Yield 2.11%

Performance Overview

  • 12.52% YTD Daily Total Return
  • 37.49% 1-Year Daily Total Return
  • 8.35% 3-Year Daily Total Return

The fund is a little more pricey than domestic options at a 0.11% expense ratio, but that’s still relatively cheap considering the stocks involved. Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom are the 3 highest weighted countries, with Japanese stocks composing 16% of the fund’s holdings. The fund has over $5 billion in assets under management and trades an average of 230,000 shares per day.

Top 10 Holdings (3.21$ of Total Assets)

Name Symbol % Assets
Open Text Corp OTEX.TO 0.41%
WSP Global Inc WSP.TO 0.41%
First Quantum Minerals Ltd FM.TO 0.40%
Emera Inc EMA.TO 0.33%
Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd KL.TO 0.32%
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp 2609.TW 0.30%
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp AQN.TO 0.27%
CAE Inc CAE.TO 0.27%
CCL Industries Inc B- Non-Voting CCL.B.TO 0.25%
TFI International Inc TFII.TO 0.25%

Therefore, VSS is the best international Small-Cap ETF fund.

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