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Today’s Question – Vanguard vs Fidelity ETFs
Question: What’s better in terms of performance – Vanguard or Fidelity index funds? Stuck on a solid decision among the two on which way to go? Please help!
When you look at Fidelity and Vanguard, you’re looking at which car performs better. Let’s take a look at a Toyota Camry versus the performance of a Honda Accord. Performances are fairly similar. Maybe one will slightly outperform the other. It’s like comparing two sedans.
Maybe you’re looking at Fidelity investments, and then we go to ETFs. There’re ETFs that you’re basically picking.
Some are going to be a higher risk; some are going to be lower risk. It’s a question of which ETFs are you picking. If you’re doing their mutual fund thing, that’s a whole different story. But if we’re looking for a Fidelity High Dividend ETF, it’ll give you some performance.
It gives you a chart and a historic breakdown. You can also see what’s in the fund. Also, you can see what’s going on in the top ten Holdings: ExxonMobil, Microsoft, JPMorgan, P&G, Apple, CVX, Bank of America, Philip Morris, PepsiCo, and Wells Fargo. This is basically a blend of value and large-cap.
Let’s say we’re looking for a similar comparison of high dividend ETFs high dividend. Here’s the Vanguard website.
I’m looking for a Dividend Appreciation ETF VIG. That one is $108.89. It’s a little more price per share, but you have to remember what is the yield on that you’re getting.
You’re looking at a percentage. It’s not about the dollar cost. Let’s say that’s $200 moves much more than a stock that’s $10. People think that lower price means I can get more shares. However, remember lower-priced stocks don’t go as fast. And they may not pay as high dividends either.
This one has been around longer, and you can see the trend has a greater history if we look at the monthly. It is higher priced, but you have to compare what’s the return on a dividend basis year after year. And compare that to the other one as well.
Is one better than the other?
Well, they may have some advantages and some disadvantages. And it comes back to my earlier point. If you need to buy a new car and if you’re comparing Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the difference in that is probably minimal.
Yes, these car manufacturers will tell you that one or another is better. Maybe the Accord will perform better. Perhaps the Camry will feel a little better, and it has a nicer leather interior. It may have a few additional bells and whistles here and there.
One might be more reliable than the other. But all those are minor. It’s not like we’re comparing Honda Accord to a Toyota van. Because these are completely different classes, and you’re looking at entirely different things.
When you’re comparing a Vanguard to a Fidelity and you’re comparing ETFs and their dividend ETF, it’s very similar. Whether you go with an Accord or a Camry (if those are the two you’re looking at), you really can’t go wrong.
The reason is that the differences are minimal.
Ask yourself: Are you a person who’s trying to maximize the satisfaction rating?
Racking your brain for three months figuring out which one is better – it’s just not worth it. Just get one, and at least it’s way better than what you have. That’s the way I look at it on these kinds of things.
You could try to maximize which one is better, but those things will change from time to time. Instead of maximizing, satisfy yourself and get something rather than nothing.
Or if you want to go the route, you can get half of both. That’s the great thing with stocks ETFs or investments like this.
It’s essential to take action. It’s more important rather than sitting around debating it for too long.
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