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Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)

ETF · Currency in USD · Last updated Mar 28, 2023

BND is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. The index is a broad-based benchmark that includes a wide range of U.S. investment-grade bonds, including government bonds, corporate bonds, and mortgage-backed securities. The BND ETF is designed to provide investors with a way to gain exposure to the U.S. bond market, focusing on high-quality, investment-grade bonds. The BND ETF has a low expense ratio and is suitable for investors looking for a diversified, low-cost way to invest in the U.S. bond market.

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The chart shows the growth of $10,000 invested in Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF in Oct 2022 and compares it to the S&P 500 index or another benchmark. It would be worth nearly $15,813 for a total return of roughly 58.13%. All prices are adjusted for splits and dividends.

BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

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Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF had a return of 2.65% year-to-date (YTD) and -4.29% in the last 12 months. Over the past 10 years, Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF had an annualized return of 1.24%, while the S&P 500 had an annualized return of 9.76%, indicating that Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF did not perform as well as the benchmark.

1 month2.28%0.19%
6 months3.36%7.70%
1 year-4.29%-12.45%
5 years (annualized)0.80%8.78%
10 years (annualized)1.24%9.76%

Monthly Returns Heatmap


Sharpe Ratio Chart

The Sharpe ratio shows whether the portfolio's excess returns are due to smart investment decisions or a result of taking a higher risk. The higher a portfolio's Sharpe ratio, the better its risk-adjusted performance.

The current Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF Sharpe ratio is -0.62. A negative Sharpe ratio means that the risk-free rate is higher than the portfolio's return. This value does not convey any meaningful information.

The chart below displays rolling 12-month Sharpe Ratio.

BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF)
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Dividend History

Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF granted a 3.01% dividend yield in the last twelve months. The annual payout for that period amounted to $2.21 per share.


Dividend yield


Monthly Dividends

The table displays the monthly dividend distributions for Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF. The dividends shown in the table have been adjusted to account for any splits that may have occurred.


Drawdowns Chart

The Drawdowns chart displays portfolio losses from any high point along the way.

BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF)
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Worst Drawdowns

The table below shows the maximum drawdowns of the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF. A maximum drawdown is an indicator of risk. It shows a reduction in portfolio value from its maximum due to a series of losing trades.

The maximum drawdown since January 2010 for the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF is 18.84%, recorded on Oct 20, 2022. The portfolio has not recovered from it yet.



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-18.84%Aug 7, 2020556Oct 20, 2022
-9.31%Sep 16, 200819Oct 10, 200845Dec 15, 200864
-8.67%Mar 9, 20204Mar 12, 202049May 21, 202053
-5.18%May 3, 201387Sep 5, 2013173May 14, 2014260
-4.75%Jul 11, 2016112Dec 15, 2016180Sep 5, 2017292
-3.59%Nov 5, 201028Dec 15, 201099May 9, 2011127
-3.54%Sep 8, 2017174May 17, 2018158Jan 3, 2019332
-3.15%Jan 2, 200945Mar 9, 200976Jun 25, 2009121
-3.13%Feb 2, 201590Jun 10, 2015169Feb 10, 2016259
-2.81%Jan 23, 200899Jun 12, 200858Sep 4, 2008157

Volatility Chart

Current Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF volatility is 11.15%. The chart below shows the rolling 10-day volatility. Volatility is a statistical measure showing how big price swings are in either direction. The higher asset volatility, the riskier it is, because the price movements are less predictable.

BND (Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)


SymbolInceptionExpense RatioYTD Ret.10Y Ann. Ret.Div. YieldMax. DrawdownSharpe Ratio
AGGSep 22, 20030.05%2.7%1.3%2.6%-18.4%-0.6
BIVApr 3, 20070.04%3.2%1.6%2.8%-19.0%-0.5
BLVApr 3, 20070.04%4.5%2.2%4.6%-37.2%-0.8
BNDWSep 4, 20180.06%2.9%0.5%2.3%-17.2%-0.7
BNDXMay 31, 20130.07%3.3%1.9%1.7%-16.2%-0.7
SCHZJul 14, 20110.04%2.7%1.2%3.1%-18.7%-0.6
VGSHNov 19, 20090.04%1.7%0.8%1.6%-5.7%0.0

Portfolios with Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF

Portfolio NameYTD Return10Y ReturnDiv. Yield10Y VolatilityMax. DrawdownSharpe RatioExpense Ratio
7Twelve Portfolio1.29%4.62%2.61%9.92%-22.46%-0.610.14%
Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio2.74%7.09%2.56%13.29%-27.91%-0.430.04%
Bill Schultheis Coffee House Portfolio1.10%5.97%3.02%10.75%-24.01%-0.550.05%
Bogleheads Four-fund Portfolio3.69%7.47%2.49%13.75%-28.24%-0.420.04%
Bogleheads Three-fund Portfolio3.68%7.67%2.56%13.71%-47.74%-0.410.04%
Conservative Portfolio3.66%4.38%2.41%7.69%-22.18%-0.560.07%
Crypto Portfolio23.65%52.74%1.63%37.33%-54.86%0.710.02%
Gone Fishin’ Portfolio2.41%5.68%3.44%12.10%-26.03%-0.460.12%
Growth Portfolio3.64%7.67%2.42%13.75%-28.25%-0.430.05%
Income Portfolio3.63%2.63%2.41%5.56%-21.20%-0.650.08%
Moderate Portfolio3.66%6.07%2.41%10.55%-23.53%-0.490.06%
Rick Ferri Core Four Portfolio3.09%7.61%2.73%13.65%-48.48%-0.480.04%
Roger Gibson Five Asset Portfolio0.07%4.82%2.71%12.00%-27.82%-0.740.22%
Roger Gibson Talmud Portfolio1.27%6.37%3.35%12.16%-44.88%-0.700.06%
Second Grader's Starter Portfolio3.47%8.39%2.48%15.44%-52.66%-0.430.04%
Simple Path to Wealth Portfolio3.53%9.09%2.26%13.42%-43.49%-0.470.03%
Stocks/Bonds 20/80 Portfolio3.69%3.52%2.78%5.53%-18.52%-0.580.03%
Stocks/Bonds 40/60 Portfolio3.65%5.61%2.59%7.85%-23.14%-0.540.03%
Stocks/Bonds 60/40 Portfolio3.59%7.63%2.40%10.91%-35.22%-0.500.03%
Stocks/Bonds 80/20 Portfolio3.51%9.57%2.21%14.28%-46.06%-0.460.03%