VGRO Review – Vanguard’s Best Growth ETF In 2019

Vanguard’s VGRO is one the best growth ETF’s in the market. 

In this article let’s look at what makes investing in VGRO great and why it is something you need to consider. Also, let’s look at the Pros and Cons of VGRO ETF as an investment and learn more on why I think it’s a very good investment for you in the long term. Now then, let’s get started. 


Before we move on to bigger stuff let’s first start with looking into the VGRO objective from Vanguard’s official website – “Vanguard Growth ETF Portfolio seeks to provide long-term capital growth by investing in equity and fixed income securities”

If you are going to ask me, there’s no question that Vanguard ETF’s are one of the best in the market; always and low cost ETF’s in Canada.

Vanguard Group, Inc. As An Investment Firm 

Vanguard is one of the largest and premium investment firms in the world and have 100s of mutual funds and ETF under its belt. 

Below is a quick snapshot about the company Vanguard: 

Total assets under management:$6.6 trillion
Funds offered:191 in the U.S., and 222 funds in markets outside the U.S.
Headquarters:Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
Chairman and CEO:Mortimer J. Buckley
Number of employees:More than 17,600 worldwide.

Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.

Founded:December 2011
Total assets under management:$17 billion
Funds offered:39 ETFs and 4 mutual funds
Headquarters:Bay Adelaide Centre
22 Adelaide St. West
Suite 2500
Toronto, ON M5H 4E3
Managing director:Kathleen C. Bock
Number of employees:56

VGRO Growth ETF – Key Fund Facts 

  • Inception date : 25-01-2018

  • Net assets : $490.9 M

  • 12 month trailing yield : NA

  • Distribution yield : NA

  • Dividend schedule : Quarterly

  • Distribution per unit : $0.217646

  • Eligibility : RRSP, RRIF, RESP, TFSA, DPSP, RDSP


Top 10 Holdings Of VGRO ETF

1Royal Bank of Canada
2Toronto-Dominion Bank
3Enbridge Inc.
4Bank of Nova Scotia
5Canadian National Railway Co.
6Microsoft Corp.
7Suncor Energy Inc.
8Apple Inc.
9Bank of Montreal Inc

As you can clearly see from above, the top 10 holdings of VGRO are all the biggies and blue chip stocks from US and Canadian stock markets.

So all of your investments should be pretty much safe in the short to long run and keep growing. So, its all good here!


VGRO ETF – Allocation To Underlying Vanguard Funds

Firstly, one of the leading asset managements is the world is Vanguard. As a result, it has over $6 trillion total assets in its possession and still growing.

It is very reliable and can be used by several people. Above all, It’s got total assets of 571.8 Million and its production and income rates are growing every day.

Fund Name


Vanguard US Total Market Index ETF


Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap Index ETF


Vanguard FTSE Developed All Cap EX North America Index ETF


Vanguard Canadian Aggregate Bond Index ETF


Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap Index ETF


Vanguard Global ex-US Aggregate Bond Index ETF CAD-hedged


Vanguard US Aggregate Bond Index ETF CAD-hedged


So the fund is well diversified across geographies and into multiple funds of different sectors.

It’s definitely safe and sound; and you can expect descent growth returns for sure over the period of time. 

VGRO – Market capitalization in Funds (Percentage-Wise)















As you see from above, that’s 72.54% allocation into Large cap funds. Therefore your funds are so much more secure! Again Medium/Large cap 3% and the rest follows. 

No one can deny the pace at which vanguard is growing. It is also offering discounts to its users on a monthly and also on the annual basis.

VGRO Characteristics

Number of holdings12,143
Median market cap1.0 B
P/E ratio12.8 x
P/B ratio1.4 x
Return on equity11.37%
Earnings growth rate8.27%

VGRO Market Allocation Exposure By Region

As of close 30 September 2019
Market AllocationFund
United States40.4%
United Kingdom3.6%

VGRO Sectorise Breakup 

As of close 30 September 2019

Consumer Services10.7%
Consumer Goods8.8%
Oil & Gas8.6%
Health Care7.8%
Basic Materials6.1%

View sector weighting details

VGRO Growth ETF Performance Since Inception 

Below is the chart representing the growth of VGRO and how well its performed over the years














VGRO Investment Strategy 

  • Seeks to achieve its investment objective by primarily investing in equity and fixed income securities. It may do so either directly or indirectly through investment in one or more exchange traded funds managed by the manager or an affiliate or certain other investment funds.

  • In seeking to achieve the investment objective (under normal market conditions), the sub-advisor will strive to maintain a long-term strategic asset allocation of equity (approximately 80%) and fixed income (approximately 20%) securities.

  • The portfolio asset mix may be reconstituted and rebalanced from time to time at the discretion of the sub-advisor.

  • The underlying funds are expected to be index funds that provide exposure to broad-based equity and fixed income markets.


VGRO Portfolio Types

  • Portfolio:

Like I said before, VGRO is very well diversified, In-fact it is the most diversified platform. Risk management here is pretty low too. It has five different diverse sectors as we discussed before. 

  • Income Portfolio:

VGRO Growth ETF has a specific Income Index. What it mean is it has a fixed and a very modest income rate. Different factors are considered while assigning this income stuff to the VGRO team. It has the lowest management fee of 0.22%. Risk rating is very low too!

  • Conservative Portfolio:

It’s the second type of the VGRO ETF portfolio. It has a fixed income of 60%. Long term capital growth is provided here. One can invest directly or by indirect means. ETF has seven low index investment plans. This is best for those who want to invest in moderate or long term income growth. However, the management fee is same 0.22% and chances of risk are very low.

  •  Growth Portfolio:

This has a fixed 20 to 80% ratio of equity and fixed percentage respectively. It’s best for low to medium risk investors.

  •  All equity Portfolio:

Here the portfolio has 100% of equity and 0% of fixed income. But the risk rate is increased from medium to high in this type of portfolio as its all equity. On the other hand, fees still remains at 0.22% as in other portfolio types.

VGRO Trading Information 

  • Ticker symbol : VGRO

  • CUSIP : 92207X105

  • SEDOL: BF7ML33

  • ISIN : CA92207X1050

  • Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange

  • Currency : CAD


Management fee: 0.22%

MER: 0.25%

Advantages (Pros) of VGRO ETF

  • Cost effective: VGRO portfolios are extremely low cost compared to others. Low-cost portfolios usually return big profits.

  • Assets management: Mix of assets are designed to meet the requirement of every investor.

  • Detailed diversification: Fixed markets of income and equity will help bringing a sustainable and risk-free returns. That’s the dream of every investor.

  • Regular Maintenance: Folks at Vanguard VGRO always keep rebalancing the rates and Interest percentages. As a result you save all the headache and costs of the rebalancing stuff. 


Vanguard’s Growth VGRO ETF is really good for your TFSA’s, RRSP’s or brokerage investments.

Please feel free to comment below and let me know your thoughts.

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Value For Money







  • Cost effective
  • Assets management
  • Detailed diversification


  • Management fee: 0.22%
  • MER : 0.25%
  • 72.54% allocation into Large cap funds

3 thoughts on “VGRO Review – Vanguard’s Best Growth ETF In 2019

  • I am kind of surprised to see Amazon on that list but really, I shouldn’t be given that it is 2019 and they are a powerful company. Great overview of VGRO. I came here expecting to have a few questions but I believe you answered them all in this article.

    • Thanks Robert!


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