Vanguard sector ETFs

Focus on a specific industry or sector of the market.

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Concentrating on a sector brings higher risk

Sector ETFs (exchange-traded funds) give you access to a very small part of the overall market, such as energy, real estate, and health care, among others.

Though many of these narrowly focused ETFs have the potential to grow, you should be equally prepared to experience wide swings in the value of your investments—including potentially large losses.

Get exposure to sectors without the additional risk

If you're not comfortable with the increased risk and volatility that sector ETFs present, consider a few funds that provide broad coverage of the major industries.

Whether you're interested in U.S. or non-U.S. stocks, each of these ETFs provides a diversified mix of securities in a single fund.

Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF

Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF holds more than 3,500 domestic stocks.

Vanguard Total International Stock ETF

Vanguard Total International Stock ETF holds more than 6,000 non-U.S. stocks.

Choose a specific sector ETF

If your current portfolio is broadly diversified, you may already have exposure to the sector you're interested in. You should only consider increasing your exposure to narrowly focused sectors if you're comfortable with—and can financially and emotionally afford—the added risk. Here are just a few of the sector ETFs we offer:

Vanguard Energy ETF

Includes stocks of companies involved in exploring and producing energy products like oil, natural gas, and coal.

Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE)

Vanguard REIT ETF

Invests in stocks of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and can include companies that purchase office buildings, hotels, and other properties.

Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)

Vanguard Health Care ETF

Invests in stocks of companies involved in medical or health care products, services, technology, or equipment.

Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT)

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For more information about Vanguard mutual funds and ETFs, visit Vanguard mutual fund prospectuses or Vanguard ETF prospectuses to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are contained in the prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.

You must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares through Vanguard Brokerage Services (we offer them commission-free) or through another broker (which may charge commissions). See the Vanguard Brokerage Services commission and fee schedules for limits. Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable directly with the issuing fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. ETFs are subject to market volatility. When buying or selling an ETF, you will pay or receive the current market price, which may be more or less than net asset value.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

Funds that concentrate on a relatively narrow market sector face the risk of higher share-price volatility. Investments in stocks issued by non-U.S. companies are subject to risks including country/regional risk, which is the chance that political upheaval, financial troubles, or natural disasters will adversely affect the value of securities issued by companies in foreign countries or regions; and currency risk, which is the chance that the value of a foreign investment, measured in U.S. dollars, will decrease because of unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates.