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Vanguard Healthcare ETF (VHT)

ETF · Currency in USD · Last updated May 21, 2022

VHT is a passive ETF by Vanguard tracking the investment results of the MSCI US Investable Market Health Care 25/50 Index. VHT launched on Jan 30, 2004 and has a 0.10% expense ratio.

ETF Info

  • ISINUS92204A5048
  • CUSIP92204A504
  • IssuerVanguard
  • Inception DateJan 30, 2004
  • RegionNorth America (U.S.)
  • CategoryHealth & Biotech Equities
  • Expense Ratio0.10%
  • Index TrackedMSCI US Investable Market Health Care 25/50 Index
  • ETF Home Pageinvestor.vanguard.com
  • Asset ClassEquity
  • Asset Class Size

  • Asset Class Style


Trading Data

  • Previous Close$237.47
  • Year Range$229.09 - $266.74
  • EMA (50)$243.90
  • EMA (200)$247.11
  • Average Volume$401.64K
  • Assets Under Management$13.94B

VHTShare Price Chart

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The chart shows the growth of $10,000 invested in Vanguard Healthcare ETF on Jan 5, 2010 and compares it to the S&P 500 index or another benchmark. It would be worth nearly $51,521 for a total return of roughly 415.21%. All prices are adjusted for splits and dividends.

VHT (Vanguard Healthcare ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)

VHTReturns in periods

Returns over 1 year are annualized


VHTMonthly Returns Heatmap

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VHTSharpe 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 Healthcare ETF Sharpe ratio is 0.01. A Sharpe ratio between 0 and 1.0 is considered sub-optimal.

The chart below displays rolling 12-month Sharpe Ratio.

VHT (Vanguard Healthcare ETF)
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VHTDividend History

Vanguard Healthcare ETF granted a 1.32% dividend yield in the last twelve months, as of May 21, 2022. The annual payout for that period amounted to $3.13 per share.


Dividend yield


VHTDrawdowns Chart

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

VHT (Vanguard Healthcare ETF)
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VHTWorst Drawdowns

The table below shows the maximum drawdowns of the Vanguard Healthcare 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 Healthcare ETF is 28.85%, recorded on Mar 23, 2020. It took 53 trading sessions for the portfolio to recover.



To Bottom


To Recover



-28.85%Feb 20, 202023Mar 23, 202053Jun 8, 202076
-20.26%Jul 21, 2015143Feb 11, 2016328Jun 1, 2017471
-18.31%May 19, 201156Aug 8, 2011122Feb 1, 2012178
-16.97%Oct 2, 201858Dec 24, 2018221Nov 8, 2019279
-14.11%Dec 31, 202191May 11, 2022
-13.8%Mar 24, 201070Jul 1, 2010118Dec 17, 2010188
-12.07%Jan 29, 201844Apr 2, 201886Aug 2, 2018130
-8.44%Mar 5, 201428Apr 11, 201448Jun 20, 201476
-7.99%Sep 7, 202126Oct 12, 202151Dec 23, 202177
-7.85%Feb 16, 202113Mar 4, 202129Apr 15, 202142

VHTVolatility Chart

Current Vanguard Healthcare ETF volatility is 22.55%. 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.

VHT (Vanguard Healthcare ETF)
Benchmark (^GSPC)


SymbolInceptionExpense RatioYTD Ret.10Y Ann. Ret.Div. Yield
IYHJun 12, 20000.43%-9.43%15.18%1.05%Compare VHT and IYH
XLVDec 16, 19980.12%-7.60%15.46%1.46%Compare VHT and XLV

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