5-Star ETFs Poised to Pop: Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NAS: VWO) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.

Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets facts



March 2005

ETF Total Net Assets

$40.8 billion

Investment Approach

Seeks to track the performance of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index

Expense Ratio


Dividend Yield


1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annualized Returns

(22.5%) / 6.9% / 3.6%

Best YTD Performers Among Top 10 Holdings

China Mobile (NYS: CHL) ; Taiwan Semiconductor (NYS: TSM)


iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (NYS: EEM)

WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity (NYS: DEM)

SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small Cap (NYS: EWX)

Source: Morningstar and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,554 members who have rated Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets believe the ETF will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star 4thRockFool, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and ArfytheSeal.

This past August, 4thRockFool summed up the outperform argument:

Emerging markets will have higher growth rates than the developed markets for the foreseeable future. Vanguard is a the low cost way to get a diversified basket of stocks in these volatile but high growth markets. 2% dividend is a bonus.

In fact, Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets sports a particularly low expense ratio of 0.22%. That's less than that of category peers such as iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index (0.68%), WisdomTree Emerging Markets Equity (0.63%), and SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Small Cap (0.66%).

Back in May, CAPS member ArfytheSeal elaborated on the bull case:

VWO is an ETF tracking emerging markets. The fund is compelling now IMHO given its composite forward p/e ratio is only around 12x. While the fund does have some heavy allocations to cyclical industries and materials (typical of an emerging markets fund), VWO has a solid long-term track record and low expense rate. The fund has a fairly solid allocation to China (17% as of April 30) and Brazil (16%). This fund is volatile but should outperform over a five year span.

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