Last Update: 31 Aug 2021

Category: Fixed Income
ETF: Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV)

In the last 10 years, the Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) ETF obtained a 1.75% compound annual return, with a 1.31% standard deviation.

In the last 20 years, a 2.99% compound annual return, with a 2.05% standard deviation.

In 2020, the portfolio granted a 1.85% dividend yield. If you are interested in getting periodic income, please refer to the Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV): Dividend Yield page.

The ETF is related to the following investment themes:

  • Asset Class: Bond
  • Region: North America
  • Country: U.S.
  • Bond - Duration: Short Term

The Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) ETF is present in the following Lazy Portfolios:

Portfolio Name Author ETF Weight
Dimensional 2030 Retirement Income DFA 6.1%
Robo Advisor 0 Betterment 20.0%
Robo Advisor 10 Betterment 15.4%
Robo Advisor 20 Betterment 10.7%

Capital Growth and Historical Returns

Capital growth, returns, stats are calculated assuming a reinvestment of dividends.

If you are interested in getting periodic income, please refer to the Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV): Dividend Yield page.

Capital Growth:

ETF Returns, up to December 2007, are simulated. They have been calculated using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets.

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Period Returns
Aug 2021
Standard
Deviation *
Max
Drawdown
Months
Pos - Neg
1M
-0.07%
-0.07%
Aug 2021 - Aug 2021
0 - 1
3M
+0.11%
-0.19%
Jun 2021 - Jun 2021
1 - 2
6M
+0.39%
-0.19%
Mar 2021 - Mar 2021
3 - 3
YTD
-0.06%
-0.64%
Jan 2021 - Mar 2021
3 - 5
1Y
+0.27%
0.77%
-0.64%
Jan 2021 - Mar 2021
6 - 6
3Y
+3.61%
annualized
1.40%
-0.64%
Jan 2021 - Mar 2021
26 - 10
5Y
+2.20%
annualized
1.39%
-1.42%
Sep 2017 - Feb 2018
40 - 20
10Y
+1.75%
annualized
1.31%
-1.42%
Sep 2017 - Feb 2018
77 - 43
MAX
01 Jan 1983
+5.58%
annualized
2.40%
-2.54%
Apr 2008 - Oct 2008
354 - 110

* Annualized St.Dev. of monthly returns

Drawdowns

Drawdonws Chart:

Rolling Returns ( more details)

Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) ETF: annualized rolling and average returns

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Return (*) Negative
Periods
Rolling Period Average Best Worst
1 Year
+5.67% +21.85%
Jul 1984 - Jun 1985
-0.61%
Aug 2017 - Jul 2018
2.65%
2 Years
+5.65% +17.31%
Jul 1984 - Jun 1986
-0.20%
Aug 2016 - Jul 2018
0.68%
3 Years
+5.54% +14.46%
Sep 1983 - Aug 1986
+0.60%
May 2015 - Apr 2018
0.00%
5 Years
+5.40% +11.40%
Jul 1984 - Jun 1989
+0.74%
May 2013 - Apr 2018
0.00%
7 Years
+5.38% +10.89%
Jun 1984 - May 1991
+0.96%
Sep 2011 - Aug 2018
0.00%
10 Years
+5.36% +10.33%
Sep 1983 - Aug 1993
+1.63%
Jan 2009 - Dec 2018
0.00%
15 Years
+5.35% +8.86%
Sep 1983 - Aug 1998
+2.58%
Oct 2003 - Sep 2018
0.00%
20 Years
+5.34% +8.18%
Jan 1983 - Dec 2002
+2.99%
Sep 2001 - Aug 2021
0.00%

* Annualized rolling and average returns over full calendar month periods

If you need a deeper detail about rolling returns, please refer to the Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) ETF: Rolling Returns page.

Seasonality and Yearly/Monthly Returns

In the table below, for the Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) ETF, the average monthly return is represented.

Below each return, it's also mentioned the probability of obtaining a positive monthly result (Win %).

Both the Average Return and the Gain Frequency are useful to get an idea of what happened in the past.

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Monthly Average Return (%) and Gain Frequency
Return (%) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average
Win %
0.67
85%
0.32
74%
0.24
69%
0.41
77%
0.38
69%
0.50
79%
0.52
90%
0.49
79%
0.55
74%
0.43
74%
0.48
68%
0.50
76%
Best
Year
2.3
2008
1.9
1986
1.6
1986
2.0
1985
2.8
1985
2.0
1989
2.4
1984
1.7
1986
2.1
1983
3.1
1984
4.3
2008
3.4
2008
Worst
Year
-1.1
2009
-1.0
2009
-1.0
1994
-1.3
1987
-1.3
1984
-0.5
2013
-1.1
1983
-0.8
1989
-0.5
1987
-2.0
2008
-1.0
2016
-0.9
2009

For further information about the seasonality, check the Asset Class Seasonality page.

Investing in Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) ETF: detail of monthly returns

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Months
Year Return Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2021
-0.06% -0.1 -0.4 -0.2 0.3 0.2 -0.2 0.4 -0.1
2020
+4.70% 0.9 1.0 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.2 0.2
2019
+4.98% 0.6 0.1 1.0 0.2 0.9 0.7 0.0 1.1 -0.3 0.4 -0.1 0.2
2018
+1.34% -0.5 -0.3 0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.4 1.0
2017
+1.20% 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.3 -0.1 0.4 0.3 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2016
+1.33% 0.8 0.3 0.5 0.1 -0.2 1.0 0.2 -0.3 0.2 -0.3 -1.0 0.1
2015
+0.92% 1.0 -0.5 0.5 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.5 -0.1 -0.3 -0.2
2014
+1.37% 0.5 0.2 -0.3 0.3 0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.4 -0.2 0.4 0.3 -0.3
2013
+0.15% 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.3 -0.5 -0.5 0.4 -0.3 0.5 0.3 0.2 -0.5
2012
+1.65% 0.6 0.0 -0.2 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.2 -0.4
2011
+2.95% 0.4 -0.2 -0.1 1.0 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.6 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.2
2010
+3.89% 1.0 0.3 -0.3 0.5 0.4 1.0 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.5 -0.4 -0.6
2009
+1.53% -1.1 -1.0 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.0 0.9 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.8 -0.9
2008
+8.50% 2.3 0.8 0.2 -0.6 -0.8 0.2 0.4 0.4 -0.2 -2.0 4.3 3.4
2007
+5.86% 0.2 1.0 0.3 0.5 -0.3 0.2 0.7 0.4 0.8 0.6 1.2 0.0
2006
+4.99% 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.8 0.9 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.1
2005
+2.20% 0.0 -0.2 -0.2 0.7 0.5 0.4 -0.3 0.7 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.4
2004
+2.11% 0.4 0.7 0.5 -1.1 -0.3 0.1 0.5 0.8 0.2 0.4 -0.5 0.5
2003
+4.20% 0.3 0.7 0.4 0.6 0.9 0.3 -0.8 -0.2 1.3 -0.2 0.1 0.6
2002
+5.22% 0.5 0.4 -0.6 0.7 1.0 -0.4 0.2 1.0 1.1 -0.3 0.3 1.4
2001
+8.14% 1.6 0.7 0.8 -0.1 0.7 0.6 1.5 0.9 1.0 0.9 -0.5 -0.2
2000
+8.17% 0.2 0.6 0.7 -0.4 0.2 1.4 0.9 0.8 1.1 0.0 1.1 1.3
1999
+3.31% 0.7 -0.6 0.9 0.5 -0.3 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.2
1998
+6.57% 1.1 0.0 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.5 1.0 1.3 -0.3 0.3 0.4
1997
+6.95% 0.5 0.2 -0.2 0.9 0.7 0.7 1.5 0.0 0.9 0.7 0.2 0.7
1996
+4.79% 0.8 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.9 0.3 0.2 1.1 1.4 1.0 -0.2
1995
+12.74% 1.5 1.7 0.6 1.0 2.1 0.5 0.4 0.7 0.5 1.0 1.1 0.9
1994
-0.08% 0.8 -0.8 -1.0 -0.4 0.2 0.3 0.9 0.3 -0.3 0.1 -0.4 0.2
1993
+7.07% 1.7 1.0 0.3 0.8 -0.3 0.9 0.1 1.1 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.5
1992
+7.19% -0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.9 1.2 1.6 1.5 1.0 1.1 -1.2 -0.1 1.1
1991
+13.08% 1.0 0.7 0.8 1.3 0.7 0.3 0.9 1.5 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.8
1990
+9.23% -0.2 0.6 0.3 0.1 1.6 1.1 1.3 0.0 0.9 0.9 1.1 1.1
1989
+11.45% 1.0 0.1 0.3 1.6 1.3 2.0 1.8 -0.8 0.6 1.6 0.9 0.4
1988
+6.95% 1.5 1.1 0.1 0.4 -0.1 1.1 0.1 0.2 1.4 1.0 -0.1 0.2
1987
+4.45% 1.0 0.6 -0.1 -1.3 -0.3 1.4 0.1 0.2 -0.5 1.6 0.7 0.8
1986
+11.42% 0.7 1.9 1.6 0.5 -0.1 1.6 0.8 1.7 -0.2 1.1 0.8 0.4
1985
+14.90% 1.4 -0.5 1.3 2.0 2.8 1.1 0.2 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.3 1.6
1984
+14.23% 1.6 0.1 0.1 0.3 -1.3 0.7 2.4 1.3 1.8 3.1 1.9 1.5
1983
+9.11% 1.2 1.8 0.2 1.9 0.0 -0.3 -1.1 0.5 2.1 1.0 1.0 0.7

ETF Returns, up to December 2007, are simulated. They have been calculated using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets.

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