Vanguard Growth (VUG): Historical Returns

Data Source: from January 1927 to March 2024 (~97 years)
Consolidated Returns as of 31 March 2024
Live Update: Apr 17 2024
Category: Stocks
Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF
ETF • LIVE PERFORMANCE (USD currency)
0.94%
1 Day
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3.56%
Current Month
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In the last 30 Years, the Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF obtained a 11.54% compound annual return, with a 16.73% standard deviation.

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The ETF is related to the following investment themes:

  • Asset Class: Equity
  • Size: Large Cap
  • Style: Growth
  • Region: North America
  • Country: U.S.

The Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF is part of the following Lazy Portfolios:

Portfolio Name Author VUG Weight Currency
Edge Select Aggressive Merrill Lynch 29.00% USD
Edge Select Moderately Aggressive Merrill Lynch 25.00% USD
Edge Select Moderate Merrill Lynch 19.00% USD
Edge Select Moderately Conservative Merrill Lynch 14.00% USD
Edge Select Conservative Merrill Lynch 5.00% USD

Investment Returns as of Mar 31, 2024

The Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF guaranteed the following returns.

Returns are calculated in USD, assuming:
  • no fees or capital gain taxes.
  • the reinvestment of dividends.
  • the actual US Inflation rates.
VANGUARD GROWTH (VUG) ETF
Consolidated returns as of 31 March 2024
Live Update: Apr 17 2024
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  Chg (%) Return (%) Return (%) as of Mar 31, 2024
  1 Day Time ET(*) Apr 2024 1M 6M 1Y 5Y 10Y 30Y MAX
(~97Y)
Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF -0.94 -3.56 1.36 26.81 38.83 17.92 15.07 11.54 10.02
US Inflation Adjusted return 0.98 24.80 34.17 13.18 11.89 8.77 6.82
Returns over 1 year are annualized | Available data source: since Jan 1927
(*) Eastern Time (ET - America/New York)
US Inflation is updated to Mar 2024. Current inflation (annualized) is 1Y: 3.48% , 5Y: 4.19% , 10Y: 2.84% , 30Y: 2.54%

In 2023, the Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF granted a 0.85% dividend yield. If you are interested in getting periodic income, please refer to the Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF: Dividend Yield page.

Capital Growth as of Mar 31, 2024

An investment of 1$, since April 1994, now would be worth 26.46$, with a total return of 2545.69% (11.54% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 12.46$, with a net total return of 1146.45% (8.77% annualized).
An investment of 1$, since January 1927, now would be worth 10774.58$, with a total return of 1077357.88% (10.02% annualized).

The Inflation Adjusted Capital now would be 611.06$, with a net total return of 61006.09% (6.82% annualized).

Investment Metrics as of Mar 31, 2024

Metrics of Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF, updated as of 31 March 2024.

Metrics are calculated based on monthly returns, assuming:
  • no fees or capital gain taxes.
  • the reinvestment of dividends.
  • the actual US Inflation rates.
VANGUARD GROWTH (VUG) ETF
Advanced Metrics
Data Source: 1 January 1927 - 31 March 2024 (~97 years)
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Metrics as of Mar 31, 2024
1M 3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
(~97Y)
Investment Return (%) 1.36 10.87 26.81 38.83 10.89 17.92 15.07 11.44 11.54 10.02
Infl. Adjusted Return (%) details 0.98 9.63 24.80 34.17 4.98 13.18 11.89 8.62 8.77 6.82
US Inflation (%) 0.38 1.13 1.61 3.48 5.63 4.19 2.84 2.59 2.54 2.99
Returns / Inflation rates over 1 year are annualized.
DRAWDOWN
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Deepest Drawdown Depth (%) -8.41 -33.15 -33.15 -33.15 -47.18 -53.58 -83.85
Start to Recovery (# months) details 4 25 25 25 40 144 188
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2007 11 2000 04 1929 09
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 12 12 12 16 30 34
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 12 2022 12 2022 12 2009 02 2002 09 1932 06
Bottom to End (# months) 1 13 13 13 24 114 154
End (yyyy mm) 2023 11 2024 01 2024 01 2024 01 2011 02 2012 03 1945 04
Longest Drawdown Depth (%)
same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest
Start to Recovery (# months) details
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2007 11 2000 04 1929 09
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 12 12 12 16 30 34
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 12 2022 12 2022 12 2009 02 2002 09 1932 06
Bottom to End (# months) 1 13 13 13 24 114 154
End (yyyy mm) 2023 11 2024 01 2024 01 2024 01 2011 02 2012 03 1945 04
Longest negative period (# months) details 4 30 30 30 63 152 187
Period Start (yyyy mm) 2023 07 2021 05 2020 09 2020 09 2004 04 1999 02 1929 09
Period End (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2023 10 2023 02 2023 02 2009 06 2011 09 1945 03
Annualized Return (%) -15.15 -0.48 -0.64 -0.64 -1.30 -0.06 -0.42
Deepest Drawdown Depth (%) -9.27 -37.18 -37.18 -37.18 -48.05 -62.05 -79.45
Start to Recovery (# months) details 4 27* 27* 27* 53 167 90
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2007 11 2000 04 1929 09
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 12 12 12 16 107 34
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 12 2022 12 2022 12 2009 02 2009 02 1932 06
Bottom to End (# months) 1 15 15 15 37 60 56
End (yyyy mm) 2023 11 - - - 2012 03 2014 02 1937 02
Longest Drawdown Depth (%)
same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest

same as
deepest
-62.05
Start to Recovery (# months) details 167
Start (yyyy mm) 2023 08 2022 01 2022 01 2022 01 2007 11 2000 04 2000 04
Start to Bottom (# months) 3 12 12 12 16 107 107
Bottom (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2022 12 2022 12 2022 12 2009 02 2009 02 2009 02
Bottom to End (# months) 1 15 15 15 37 60 60
End (yyyy mm) 2023 11 - - - 2012 03 2014 02 2014 02
Longest negative period (# months) details 5 32 38 38 81 170 276
Period Start (yyyy mm) 2023 06 2021 05 2020 09 2020 09 2005 01 1999 02 1959 08
Period End (yyyy mm) 2023 10 2023 12 2023 10 2023 10 2011 09 2013 03 1982 07
Annualized Return (%) -0.38 -0.22 -1.22 -1.22 -0.12 -0.02 -0.15
Drawdowns / Negative periods marked with * are in progress
RISK INDICATORS
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Standard Deviation (%) 15.34 22.01 21.34 17.52 16.45 16.73 19.60
Sharpe Ratio 2.19 0.38 0.75 0.79 0.61 0.55 0.31
Sortino Ratio 3.11 0.51 1.01 1.07 0.82 0.73 0.43
Ulcer Index 3.01 16.98 13.50 9.98 12.13 20.94 23.17
Ratio: Return / Standard Deviation 2.53 0.49 0.84 0.86 0.70 0.69 0.51
Ratio: Return / Deepest Drawdown 4.62 0.33 0.54 0.45 0.24 0.22 0.12
% Positive Months details 75% 61% 65% 65% 63% 63% 61%
Positive Months 9 22 39 79 152 229 713
Negative Months 3 14 21 41 88 131 454
LONG TERM RETURNS
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Best 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 15.07 19.31 19.31 22.34
Worst 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 7.53 -4.67 -4.67
Best 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 11.89 17.07 17.07 19.06
Worst 10 Years Return (%) - Annualized 5.44 -7.07 -7.34
ROLLING PERIODS
Inflation Adjusted:
Inflation Adjusted:
1Y 3Y 5Y 10Y 20Y 30Y MAX
Over the latest 30Y
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 65.24 35.87 33.65 19.31 11.44 11.54
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -40.01 -21.03 -8.36 -4.67 4.60
% Positive Periods 81% 80% 84% 89% 100% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 72.34 19.51 11.66 5.83 3.65 9.52
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - - 1.41 8.75
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 61.02 33.01 30.55 17.07 8.75 8.77
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -40.09 -22.92 -10.56 -7.07 2.47
% Positive Periods 76% 76% 76% 86% 100% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 72.34 19.51 11.66 5.83 3.65 9.52
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - - 1.41 8.75
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Over all the available data source (Jan 1927 - Mar 2024)
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 157.12 46.10 35.70 22.34 19.69 14.47
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -67.02 -43.00 -18.23 -4.67 1.34 6.95
% Positive Periods 74% 82% 86% 94% 100% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 59.80 16.08 9.27 5.43 3.32 2.84
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - - - 2.20
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Best Rolling Return (%) - Annualized 175.34 42.11 34.36 19.06 15.24 10.75
Worst Rolling Return (%) - Annualized -63.39 -38.48 -14.01 -7.34 -0.65 2.83
% Positive Periods 68% 74% 77% 83% 98% 100%
SWR - Safe Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized 59.80 16.08 9.27 5.43 3.32 2.84
PWR - Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (%) - 100% Success - Annualized - - - - - 2.20
WR calculated based on initial capital | Monthly withdrawals adjusted for inflation | Credits: BestRetirementPortfolio.com
Terms and Definitions
  • Annualized Portfolio Return: it's the annualized geometric mean return of the portfolio.
  • Deepest/Longest Drawdown: a drawdown refers to the decline in value from a relative peak value to a relative trough. The deepest (or maximum) drawdown is the maximum observed loss from a peak to a trough of a portfolio before a new peak is attained. The longest drawdown is the period observed from a peak to the subsequent peak with the greatest duration.
  • Longest negative period: it's the maximum period for which an overall negative return has been observed.
  • Standard Deviation: it's a measure of the dispersion of returns around the mean.
  • Sharpe Ratio: it's a measure of risk-adjusted performance of the portfolio. It's calculated by dividing the excess return of the portfolio over the risk-free rate by the portfolio standard deviation. The risk-free rate here considered is the 1-3 Mth T-Bill return.
  • Sortino Ratio: another measure of risk-adjusted performance of the portfolio. It's a modification of the Sharpe Ratio (same formula but the denominator is the portfolio downside standard deviation).
  • Ulcer Index: it's a measure of downside risk that quantifies the depth and duration of drawdowns in an investment portfolio.
  • Best/Worst 10Y returns: the best and the worst 10-year return over a time frame.
  • Rolling Returns: N-year returns over a time frame, calculated over all the available data source (best, worst, % of positive returns). Each rolling period, longer than the longest negative period, yielded a non-negative minimum return.
  • Safe Withdrawal Rate (SWR): it's the percentage of the initial portfolio balance that can be withdrawn at the beginning of each month with inflation adjustment, without the portfolio running out of money in any case (money amount withdrawal).
    For instance: Your initial invested capital is 100.000$; withdrawal rate (annualized) is 4%. This means that, in the first month, you will withdraw 100.000 * 4% * 1/12 = 333.33$. The second month, you’ll withdraw 333.33$ plus the inflation monthly rate. You’ll continue adjusting your withdraw monthly for inflation.
  • Perpetual Withdrawal Rate (PWR): it's the percentage of the initial portfolio balance that can be withdrawn at the beginning of each month with inflation adjustment, preserving the original invested capital, adjusted for inflation too.

Correlations as of Mar 31, 2024

Correlation measures to what degree the returns of the two assets move in relation to each other.

Correlation coefficient is a numerical value between -1 and +1. If one variable goes up by a certain amount, the correlation coefficient indicates which way the other variable moves and by how much.
Asset correlations are calculated based on monthly returns.

Monthly correlations of Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF vs the main Asset Classes, over different timeframes. Columns are sortable (click on table header to sort).

VANGUARD GROWTH (VUG) ETF
Monthly correlations as of 31 March 2024
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Correlation vs VUG
Asset Class 1 Year 5 Years 10 Years 30 Years Since
Jan 1992
VTI
US Total Stock Market
0.93
0.95
0.95
0.95
0.95
SPY
US Large Cap
0.93
0.95
0.95
0.96
0.95
IJR
US Small Cap
0.73
0.76
0.75
0.76
0.76
VNQ
US REITs
0.78
0.79
0.70
0.54
0.53
QQQ
US Technology
0.97
0.99
0.98
0.89
0.89
PFF
Preferred Stocks
0.71
0.77
0.73
0.43
0.42
EFA
EAFE Stocks
0.73
0.79
0.80
0.78
0.74
VT
World All Countries
0.87
0.91
0.92
0.91
0.89
EEM
Emerging Markets
0.74
0.67
0.66
0.69
0.65
VGK
Europe
0.70
0.78
0.78
0.78
0.76
VPL
Pacific
0.80
0.77
0.78
0.67
0.62
FLLA
Latin America
0.74
0.57
0.48
0.59
0.59
BND
US Total Bond Market
0.62
0.60
0.47
0.19
0.19
TLT
Long Term Treasuries
0.71
0.34
0.21
-0.06
-0.06
BIL
US Cash
0.26
0.02
0.04
0.00
-0.01
TIP
TIPS
0.54
0.67
0.56
0.22
0.22
LQD
Invest. Grade Bonds
0.67
0.71
0.61
0.33
0.33
HYG
High Yield Bonds
0.73
0.79
0.77
0.63
0.63
CWB
US Convertible Bonds
0.79
0.86
0.87
0.82
0.82
BNDX
International Bonds
0.60
0.64
0.49
0.16
0.16
EMB
Emerg. Market Bonds
0.79
0.76
0.67
0.52
0.52
GLD
Gold
0.07
0.27
0.13
0.07
0.06
DBC
Commodities
-0.20
0.29
0.30
0.27
0.27

If you want to learn more about historical correlations, you can find out here how the main asset class are correlated to each other.

Drawdowns

A drawdown refers to the decline in value from a relative peak value to a relative trough. A maximum drawdown is the maximum observed loss from a peak to a trough of a portfolio before a new peak is attained.

VANGUARD GROWTH (VUG) ETF
Drawdown periods
Drawdown periods - Inflation Adjusted
Data Source: 1 April 1994 - 31 March 2024 (30 Years)
Data Source: 1 January 1927 - 31 March 2024 (~97 years)
Inflation Adjusted:
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Rolling Returns

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A rolling return is a measure of investment performance that calculates the return of an investment over a set period of time, with the starting date rolling forward. This approach can provide a more accurate representation of the investment's historical performance and helps investors to evaluate the investment's consistency over time.

VANGUARD GROWTH (VUG) ETF
Annualized Rolling Returns
Annualized Rolling Returns - Inflation Adjusted
Data Source: 1 April 1994 - 31 March 2024 (30 Years)
Data Source: 1 January 1927 - 31 March 2024 (~97 years)
Inflation Adjusted:

If you need a deeper detail about rolling returns, please refer to the Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF: Rolling Returns page.

Seasonality

In which months is it better to invest in Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF?

Both the Average Return and the Gain Frequency (Win %) are useful to get an idea of what happened in the past.
For further information about the seasonality, check the Asset Class Seasonality page.
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Monthly Returns

This section provides a visual/tabular representation of the performance variability in the Vanguard Growth (VUG) ETF over time. It illustrates the distribution of monthly returns, showcasing the range and frequency of positive and negative returns.

VANGUARD GROWTH (VUG) ETF
Monthly Returns Distribution
Data Source: 1 April 1994 - 31 March 2024 (30 Years)
Data Source: 1 January 1927 - 31 March 2024 (~97 years)
229 Positive Months (64%) - 131 Negative Months (36%)
713 Positive Months (61%) - 454 Negative Months (39%)
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Investment Returns, up to December 2004, have been derived using the historical series of equivalent ETFs / Assets.
You can find additional information on extended Data Sources here.

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