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Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)

ETF · Currency in USD · Last updated Mar 24, 2023

VOO, or the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, is a passively managed exchange-traded fund that aims to replicate the performance of the S&P 500 Index. This index is a benchmark for the U.S. stock market, representing the country's 500 largest publicly traded companies. By investing in VOO, investors can gain exposure to a diversified portfolio of these large-cap stocks. The fund was launched on September 7, 2010, and is managed by Vanguard, one of the world's largest investment management companies. It has an expense ratio of 0.03%, which is considered very low compared to other ETFs and mutual funds, making VOO a popular choice for investors looking for low-cost exposure to the S&P 500.

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The chart shows the growth of $10,000 invested in Vanguard S&P 500 ETF in Oct 2022 and compares it to the S&P 500 index or another benchmark. It would be worth nearly $45,577 for a total return of roughly 355.77%. All prices are adjusted for splits and dividends.

VOO (Vanguard S&P 500 ETF)
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S&P 500

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Vanguard S&P 500 ETF had a return of 3.22% year-to-date (YTD) and -9.92% in the last 12 months. Over the past 10 years, Vanguard S&P 500 ETF had an annualized return of 11.88%, outperforming the S&P 500 benchmark which had an annualized return of 9.80%.

1 month-1.13%-1.22%
6 months5.97%5.08%
1 year-9.92%-11.39%
5 years (annualized)10.72%8.82%
10 years (annualized)11.88%9.80%

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 S&P 500 ETF Sharpe ratio is -0.43. 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.

VOO (Vanguard S&P 500 ETF)
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Dividend History

Vanguard S&P 500 ETF granted a 2.05% dividend yield in the last twelve months. The annual payout for that period amounted to $7.43 per share.


Dividend yield


Monthly Dividends

The table displays the monthly dividend distributions for Vanguard S&P 500 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.

VOO (Vanguard S&P 500 ETF)
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Worst Drawdowns

The table below shows the maximum drawdowns of the Vanguard S&P 500 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 S&P 500 ETF is 33.99%, recorded on Mar 23, 2020. It took 97 trading sessions for the portfolio to recover.



To Bottom


To Recover



-33.99%Feb 20, 202023Mar 23, 202097Aug 10, 2020120
-24.52%Jan 4, 2022195Oct 12, 2022
-19.48%Sep 21, 201865Dec 24, 201875Apr 12, 2019140
-18.75%May 2, 2011108Oct 3, 201185Feb 3, 2012193
-13%Jul 21, 2015143Feb 11, 201645Apr 18, 2016188
-10.09%Jan 29, 20189Feb 8, 2018115Jul 25, 2018124
-9.65%Apr 3, 201243Jun 4, 201252Aug 16, 201295
-9.45%Sep 3, 202014Sep 23, 202035Nov 11, 202049
-7.41%Sep 17, 201242Nov 15, 201231Jan 2, 201373
-7.3%Sep 19, 201420Oct 16, 201411Oct 31, 201431

Volatility Chart

Current Vanguard S&P 500 ETF volatility is 19.36%. 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.

VOO (Vanguard S&P 500 ETF)
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SymbolInceptionExpense RatioYTD Ret.10Y Ann. Ret.Div. YieldMax. DrawdownSharpe Ratio
ITOTJan 20, 20040.03%2.8%11.4%2.0%-55.2%-0.5
SPLGNov 15, 20050.03%3.2%12.2%2.0%-54.5%-0.5
SPYJan 22, 19930.09%3.2%11.8%2.0%-55.2%-0.5
VGTJan 26, 20040.10%16.5%19.1%1.0%-54.6%-0.2
VIGApr 21, 20060.06%-2.0%10.8%2.5%-46.8%-0.3
VOOGSep 7, 20100.10%5.9%13.3%1.2%-32.7%-0.6
VOOVSep 7, 20100.10%0.3%9.7%2.6%-37.3%-0.2
VTJun 24, 20080.07%3.2%7.9%2.5%-50.3%-0.5
VTIMay 24, 20010.03%2.8%11.3%2.0%-55.5%-0.5
VUGJan 26, 20040.04%13.0%13.3%0.8%-50.7%-0.5
VYMNov 10, 20060.06%-6.2%9.8%3.9%-57.0%-0.4

Portfolios with Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

Portfolio NameYTD Return10Y ReturnDiv. Yield10Y VolatilityMax. DrawdownSharpe RatioExpense Ratio
Bill Bernstein No Brainer Portfolio2.42%7.05%2.56%13.29%-27.91%-0.440.04%
Bill Schultheis Coffee House Portfolio0.48%5.91%3.04%10.75%-24.01%-0.590.05%
FundAdvice Ultimate Buy & Hold Portfolio1.37%4.62%3.07%10.00%-21.19%-0.480.14%
Warren Buffett's 90/10 Portfolio3.12%10.88%2.02%15.83%-30.73%-0.420.03%