Best North American Funds and ETFs

Best North American Funds and ETFs – that will be the topic of today’s article.

In this article, we will be having a look at the best mutual funds and the ETFs available in North America in 2021.

Nothing written here should be considered as formal financial, or any other kind of advice, and some of the facts might have changed since we penned this article.

Before we get to discussing the top mutual funds available in North America, it is worthy to discuss the biggest mutual fund companies in the North American region and the biggest mutual funds available.

Biggest Mutual Fund companies:

Only the United States itself consists of a very large mutual fund market, which lets us wonder about the north American mutual fund market altogether.

There are as many mutual funds in existence in the United States as there are stocks that are being traded on the NYSE Arca and NASDAQ together.

To be precise, there are around 8,000 mutual funds in the United States as of 2021, which happen to manage an amount of $21 trillion (approx.)

This list is based on factors such as money invested by most investors, assets under management, and a combination of all the funds/fund families.

By taking these into consideration, the biggest mutual funds in terms of assets held by a single mutual fund family are BlackRock, Vanguard, Charles Schwab, BarclayHedge, and Fidelity Investments.

Having around $9.49 trillion worth of assets under management by 2021, BlackRock tops the list. Charles Schwab takes care of $7.5 trillion as of 2021, and at the same time, Vanguard Group handles assets of around $7.2 trillion worth of assets, comprising of the assets of TD Ameritrade as of December 2020.

As we must discuss the best funds available in the North American Region, we will just discuss the top three companies in brief.

  • BlackRock:

Based in New York City, the funds of BlackRock Inc., carry the name iShares rather than BlackRock. The inception of these mutual funds was in 1998 as a collaboration with PNC Financial Services Group.

Between 1999 and 2009, Blackrock has seen gigantic growth in terms of its funds. Why? Well, because BlackRock utilizes a detailed theory of risk management when it comes to managing funds.

This aspect of extreme concentration on risks allows shareholders to gain more profits, especially during scenarios of economic downturns.

BlackRock was the top contender related to investments known as mortgage-backed securities (MBS), which were extremely popular during the period of the housing bubble and were responsible for the respective financial crisis.

‘iShares MBS Fund’, the MBS of BlackRock, had a ton of popularity, and it was introduced in the year 2007 just a few months prior to the financial crisis situation.

Nevertheless, the iShares series successfully sustained the financial crisis mostly untouched, which is quite impressive.

One of the amazing things about BlackRock is that it was rescued by the U.S. government during the period of the crisis, and within a short period after that, the White House consulted BlackRock regarding how the government can keep the financial system operational during the mid-crisis period of sheer panic.

As of August 30, 2021, BlackRock has around $9.49 trillion in assets under management.

  • Charles Schwab:
Best North American Funds and ETFs

For a period of around five decades, Charles Schwab has been a trustworthy name in the financial services sector, while its main focus of fund offerings is Index Funds.

Because of the low costs, no minimum requirement, and other general factors, Charles Schwab gained a lot of popularity. As of August 30, 2021, Charles Schwab manages assets worth $7.6 trillion.

  • Vanguard:
Best North American Funds and ETFs

If there was a survey conducted among the population to find the largest mutual fund company, it is highly likely that most people would vote for the Vanguard Group without any sort of hesitation.

Vanguard happens to be the topmost contender to the iShares series that is owned by BlackRock.

It gained a lot of traction among the public because of its selection of a wide range of fund offerings, which is more than 190 in the U.S. Along with that, the fund’s costs are low, and it has an efficient track record that has seen a lot of positive returns.

As of August 30, 2021, the Vanguard Group handles assets worth around $7.2 trillion.

Other biggest mutual fund companies based on their AUM are as follows:

  • BarclayHedge ($4.32 trillion approx.)
  • Fidelity ($4.2 trillion approx.)
  • State Street Global Advisors ($3.9 trillion approx.)
  • JP Morgan ($3 trillion approx.)
  • Capital Group ($2.6 trillion approx.)
  • BNY Mellon (Dreyfus) ($2.3 trillion approx.)
  • PIMCO/Allianz ($2.2 trillion approx.)

Top Mutual Funds in North America:

Now, we will have a look at the top mutual funds available in North American as of August 31, 2021.

  1. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$112.03
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:19.5%
3-Year Annualized Return:18%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.3%
Net Assets:$1.28 Trillion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:22.3%
52-week low:$79.94
52-week high:$113.21
Expense Ratio:0.14%
Dividend Yield:0%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:$3,000
Legal Name:Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Apr 27, 1992
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Inv
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Gerard O’Reilly

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc4.90%
Microsoft Corp4.60%
Amazon.com Inc3.33%
Facebook Inc Class A1.88%
Alphabet Inc Class A1.66%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.56%
Tesla Inc1.18%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.09%
NVIDIA Corp1.07%
JP Morgan Chase & Co1.06%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks100%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the benchmark index.

This means, it invests in the US Stock Market and comprises of large-cap, mid-cap, small-cap, and micro-cap stocks of the companies that are being traded on the NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange on a regular basis.

  • Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$413.41
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:20.3%
3-Year Annualized Return:18%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.2%
Net Assets:$777 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:27.4%
52-week low:$299.82
52-week high:$417.07
Expense Ratio:0.14%
Dividend Yield:0%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:$3,000
Legal Name:Vanguard 500 Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Aug 31, 1976
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Inv
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Donald Butler

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc5.92%
Microsoft Corp5.62%
Amazon.com Inc4.06%
Facebook Inc Class A2.29%
Alphabet Inc Class A2.02%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.97%
Tesla Inc1.44%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.44%
NVIDIA Corp1.37%
JP Morgan Chase & Co1.30%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.97%
Cash0.04%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which is one of the popular benchmarks of the US Stock Market containing stocks of US corporate giants.

The fund manager tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

  • Fidelity® 500 Index Fund (FXAIX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$155.41
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:20.4%
3-Year Annualized Return:18.1%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.3%
Net Assets:$353 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:27.4%
52-week low:$112.65
52-week high:$156.78
Expense Ratio:0.02%
Dividend Yield:1.3%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:$0
Legal Name:Fidelity® 500 Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Fidelity Investments
Inception Date:May 04, 2011
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Other
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Louis Bottari

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc5.90%
Microsoft Corp5.60%
Amazon.com Inc4.05%
Facebook Inc Class A2.29%
Alphabet Inc Class A2.02%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.96%
Tesla Inc1.44%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.45%
NVIDIA Corp1.37%
JP Morgan Chase & Co1.29%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.99%
Cash0.01%

Usually, this fund invests 80% of the assets in common stocks that are included in the S&P 500® Index. This Index represents the overall performance of the general stocks that are publicly traded in the United States. It earns income by lending securities.

  • Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund (VBFMX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$11.36
Theme:U.S. Intermediate-Term Bond Duration
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:-2.0%
3-Year Annualized Return:5.7%
5-Year Annualized Return:3.0%
Net Assets:$317 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:4.8%
52-week low:$11.12
52-week high:$11.70
Expense Ratio:0.15%
Dividend Yield:0%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Monthly
Minimum Investment:$3,000
Legal Name:Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Dec 11, 1986
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Inv
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Joshua Barrickman

Top Holdings:

Federal National Mortgage Association1.10%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.05%1.02%
Federal National Mortgage Association1.02%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.1%0.92%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.5%0.88%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.14%0.84%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.24%0.83%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.19%0.78%
Federal National Mortgage Association0.74%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.29%0.69%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.02%
Cash0.84%

This index tracks the performance of a wide range of public, investment-grade, taxable, fixed-income securities in the United States. Along with that, it also invests in government, corporate, international dollar-denominated bonds, mortgage-backed, and asset-backed securities.

All these assets mostly have maturities of more than 1 year. The investments of this fund are selected with the help of a sampling process, and the fund invests around 80% of the assets in bonds that are held in the index it tracks.

  • Vanguard Institutional Index Fund (VINIX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$391.26
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:19.1%
3-Year Annualized Return:18.1%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.3%
Net Assets:$292 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:27.4%
52-week low:$289.81
52-week high:$394.72
Expense Ratio:0.04%
Dividend Yield:1.3%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:$5,000,000
Legal Name:Vanguard Institutional Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Jul 31, 1990
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Inst
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Donald Butler

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc5.92%
Microsoft Corp5.62%
Amazon.com Inc4.06%
Facebook Inc Class A2.29%
Alphabet Inc Class A2.02%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.97%
Tesla Inc1.44%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.45%
NVIDIA Corp1.37%
JP Morgan Chase & Co1.30%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.99%
Cash0.02%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which is one of the popular benchmarks of the US Stock Market containing stocks of US corporate giants.

The fund manager tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

  • American Funds The Growth Fund of America® (AGTHX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$77.07
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Growth Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:15.5%
3-Year Annualized Return:20.1%
5-Year Annualized Return:20.2%
Net Assets:$280 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:36.6%
52-week low:$58.28
52-week high:$78.02
Expense Ratio:0.64%
Dividend Yield:0.2%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Annually
Minimum Investment:$250 ($25 for IRA)
Legal Name:American Funds The Growth Fund of America®
Fund Family Name:American Funds
Inception Date:Nov 30, 1973
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Donald O’Neal

Top Holdings:

Capital Group Central Cash Fund5.67%
Netflix Inc5.59%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks95.98%
Cash3.57%
Preferred Stocks0.34%
Other0.10%
Convertible Bonds0.01%
Bonds0.01%

This fund concentrates on the stocks of the companies that have a higher potential for growth of capital. It invests 25% of its assets into investments domiciled outside of the United States.

The investment advisor relies on a strategy of having a team of managers for acquiring help with managing the funds. Based on this investment approach, the portfolio of the fund is categorized into portions that are handled by individual managers.

  • Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund (VTBIX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$11.21
Theme:U.S. Intermediate-Term Bond Duration
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:-1.9%
3-Year Annualized Return:5.6%
5-Year Annualized Return:3.0%
Net Assets:$255 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:5.5%
52-week low:$10.97
52-week high:$11.62
Expense Ratio:0.09%
Dividend Yield:1.8%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Monthly
Minimum Investment:$0
Legal Name:Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Jan 26, 2009
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Inv
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Joshua Barrickman

Top Holdings:

Federal National Mortgage Association1.10%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.05%1.02%
Federal National Mortgage Association1.02%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.1%0.92%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.5%0.88%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.14%0.84%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.24%0.83%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.19%0.78%
Federal National Mortgage Association0.74%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.29%0.69%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.02%
Cash0.84%

This index relies on an investment strategy that is specifically tailored to track the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index.

The investment strategy operates by sampling the index, which means it holds a diversified collection of investment assets that are approximately similar to the major risk factors of the index and other important aspects.

The fund invests around 80% of the assets in bonds that are held in the index it tracks.

  • American Funds Balanced Fund® (ABALX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$33.24
Theme:U.S. Balanced Allocation
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:10.9%
3-Year Annualized Return:11.3%
5-Year Annualized Return:10.8%
Net Assets:$211 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:22.9%
52-week low:$28.35
52-week high:$33.50
Expense Ratio:0.58%
Dividend Yield:1.2%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:$250 ($25 for IRA)
Legal Name:American Funds American Balanced Fund®
Fund Family Name:American Funds
Inception Date:Jul 25, 1975
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Hilda Applbaum

Top Holdings:

Capital Group Central Cash Fund5.67%
Netflix Inc5.59%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks95.98%
Cash3.57%
Preferred Stocks0.34%
Other0.10%
Convertible Bonds0.01%
Bonds0.01%

The fund concentrates on a strategy of a balanced approach of investing in a wide range of investment assets such as stocks, investment-grade bonds, etc.

Apart from those general securities, it also invests in the securities that have been issued by the US government along with federal agencies and instrumentalities.

Additionally, the fund also invests in common stocks (mostly dividend-paying stocks), bonds, and other securities that are domiciled outside of the US.

  • Vanguard Growth Index Fund (VIGRX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$156.66
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Growth Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:21.4%
3-Year Annualized Return:25.5%
5-Year Annualized Return:22.5%
Net Assets:$172 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:45.4%
52-week low:$112.11
52-week high:$158.37
Expense Ratio:0.17%
Dividend Yield:0%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:$3,000
Legal Name:Vanguard Growth Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Nov 02, 1992
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Inv
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Gerard O’Reilly

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc10.47%
Microsoft Corp9.71%
Amazon.com Inc6.46%
Facebook Inc Class A3.86%
Alphabet Inc Class A3.67%
Alphabet Inc Class C3.37%
Tesla Inc2.40%
Visa Inc Class A1.82%
NVIDIA Corp2.09%
Mastercard Inc A1.67%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.99%
Cash0.01%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the index, which is a diversified index consisting of the growth stocks of the companies in the US Stock Market.

The fund manager tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

  1. American Funds Washington Mutual Investors Fund (AWSHX)

Snapshot:

Price (on 27th August):$56.41
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:14.9%
3-Year Annualized Return:13.6%
5-Year Annualized Return:14.2%
Net Assets:$158 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:30.2%
52-week low:$44.43
52-week high:$58.28
Expense Ratio:0.58%
Dividend Yield:1.4%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:$250
Legal Name:American Funds Washington Mutual Investors Fund
Fund Family Name:American Funds
Inception Date:Jul 31, 1952
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Alan Berro

Top Holdings:

Microsoft Corp5.61%
Broadcom Inc4.92%
Comcast Corp Class A4.46%
Comcast Corp Class A4.23%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks96.44%
Cash2.99%
Preferred Stocks0.57%

This fund concentrates on the common stocks of the best companies that are either already existing or have all the necessary requirements to be considered as the best by the New York Stock Exchange.

These companies tend to have a significant record of earnings and dividends. The fund advisor manages to make the fund fully diversified while making it consist of the best quality common stocks.

Top ETFs in North America:

Having discussed the best mutual funds available in the North American region, we will now have a look at the best ETFs available.

  1. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$233.17
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:20.4%
3-Year Annualized Return:18.1%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.4%
Net Assets:$1.28 Trillion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:22.7%
52-week low:$164.64
52-week high:$233.61
Expense Ratio:0.03%
Dividend Yield:0.9%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:May 24, 2001
Shares Outstanding:N/A
Share Class:Inv
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Gerard O’Reilly

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc5.14%
Microsoft Corp4.77%
Amazon.com Inc3.17%
Facebook Inc Class A1.90%
Alphabet Inc Class A1.80%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.66%
Tesla Inc1.18%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.07%
Procter & Gamble Co1.05%
Johnson & Johnson1.04%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks100%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the benchmark index.

This means, it invests approximately invests 100% of the underlying assets in the US Stock Market and consists of large-cap, mid-cap, small-cap, and micro-cap stocks that are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ on a regular basis.

The investment is done on the basis of sampling the index, which allows the fund to have a diversified collection of assets that are almost similar to those of the index in terms of primary characteristics.

  • Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$415.05
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:21.3%
3-Year Annualized Return:18.1%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.3%
Net Assets:$777 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:27.7%
52-week low:$297.68
52-week high:$415.76
Expense Ratio:0.03%
Dividend Yield:1.3%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Vanguard 500 Index Fund
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Sep 07, 2010
Shares Outstanding:603863616
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Donald Butler

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc6.15%
Microsoft Corp5.77%
Amazon.com Inc3.84%
Facebook Inc Class A2.30%
Alphabet Inc Class A2.18%
Alphabet Inc Class C2.07%
Tesla Inc1.42%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.41%
NVIDIA Corp1.31%
Procter & Gamble Co1.26%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.99%
Cash0.01%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, which is one of the popular benchmarks of the US Stock Market containing stocks of US corporate giants.

The fund advisor tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

  • SPDR® S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$451.56
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:21.2%
3-Year Annualized Return:18%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.2%
Net Assets:$383 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:27.7%
52-week low:$322.64
52-week high:$452.23
Expense Ratio:0.09%
Dividend Yield:1.2%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:SPDR® S&P 500 ETF Trust
Fund Family Name:SPDR State Street Global Advisors
Inception Date:Jan 22, 1993
Shares Outstanding:872632116
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Management Team

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc6.15%
Microsoft Corp5.76%
Amazon.com Inc3.83%
Facebook Inc Class A2.29%
Alphabet Inc Class A2.18%
Alphabet Inc Class C2.07%
Tesla Inc1.42%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.42%
NVIDIA Corp1.31%
Procter & Gamble Co1.26%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.97%
Cash0.03%

The SPDR® S&P 500 ETF Trust has an investment strategy of maintaining a portfolio of common stocks, which have been included in the index portfolio.

The weight of each stock in the index’s portfolio is mostly the same as the weightage of the stocks in the index it tracks.

  • Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$86.46
Theme:U.S. Intermediate-Term Bond Duration
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:-2.0%
3-Year Annualized Return:5.8%
5-Year Annualized Return:3.1%
Net Assets:$317 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:4.9%
52-week low:$84.36
52-week high:$88.49
Expense Ratio:0.04%
Dividend Yield:1.9%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Monthly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Apr 03, 2007
Shares Outstanding:927823018
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Joshua Barrickman

Top Holdings:

Federal National Mortgage Association1.10%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.05%1.02%
Federal National Mortgage Association1.02%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.1%0.92%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.5%0.88%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.14%0.84%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.24%0.83%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.19%0.78%
Federal National Mortgage Association0.74%
Federal National Mortgage Association 2.29%0.69%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks98.89%
Convertible Bonds0.87%
Cash0.24%

This index tracks the performance of a wide range of public, investment-grade, taxable, fixed-income securities in the United States.

Along with that, it also invests in government, corporate, international dollar-denominated bonds, mortgage-backed, and asset-backed securities.

All these assets mostly have maturities of more than 1 year.

  • iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$453.71
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:21.3%
3-Year Annualized Return:18.1%
5-Year Annualized Return:17.3%
Net Assets:$295 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:27.6%
52-week low:$233.75
52-week high:$454.20
Expense Ratio:0.03%
Dividend Yield:1.3%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:iShares Core S&P 500 ETF
Fund Family Name:iShares
Inception Date:May 15, 2000
Shares Outstanding:669950000
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Greg Savage

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc6.14%
Microsoft Corp5.76%
Amazon.com Inc3.83%
Facebook Inc Class A2.29%
Alphabet Inc Class A2.17%
Alphabet Inc Class C2.07%
Tesla Inc1.42%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.42%
NVIDIA Corp1.30%
Procter & Gamble Co1.26%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.84%
Cash0.15%

This index tracks the performance of the US equity market’s large-cap sector, as per SPDJI (S&P Dow Jones Indices).

Usually, this fund invests around 80% of its underlying assets in the securities of the index in a way such that most of the securities in the portfolio are the same as the index it tracks, and the remaining 20% are invested in options, futures, swap contracts, cash, etc.

  • Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$379.95
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Growth Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:21.2%
3-Year Annualized Return:28.4%
5-Year Annualized Return:26.9%
Net Assets:$182 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:52.5%
52-week low:$264.16
52-week high:$380.58
Expense Ratio:0.20%
Dividend Yield:0.5%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Invesco QQQ Trust
Fund Family Name:Invesco
Inception Date:Mar 10, 1999
Shares Outstanding:500750000
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Management Team

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc11.30%
Microsoft Corp9.96%
Amazon.com Inc7.79%
Facebook Inc Class A4.06%
Alphabet Inc Class A3.96%
Alphabet Inc Class C3.80%
Tesla Inc3.76%
NVIDIA Corp3.43%
NVIDIA Corp2.89%
NVIDIA Corp2.89%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks100%

The fund advisor actively adjusts the allocation of securities in the fund from time to time. It is changed in such a way that the composition of the securities in the trust and the stocks on the NASDAQ 100 Index are in correspondence.

The composition and weighting of the securities in the portfolio deposit are also modified to maintain the usual changes within the index.

  • Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$306.81
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Growth Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:21.4%
3-Year Annualized Return:25.6%
5-Year Annualized Return:22.7%
Net Assets:$172 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:45.4%
52-week low:$217.79
52-week high:$307.72
Expense Ratio:0.04%
Dividend Yield:0.4%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Vanguard Growth ETF
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Jan 26, 2004
Shares Outstanding:278660653
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Gerard O’Reily

Top Holdings:

Apple Inc10.47%
Microsoft Corp9.71%
Amazon.com Inc6.46%
Facebook Inc Class A3.86%
Alphabet Inc Class A3.67%
Alphabet Inc Class C3.37%
Tesla Inc2.40%
NVIDIA Corp2.09%
Visa Inc Class A1.82%
Mastercard Inc A1.67%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.99%
Cash0.01%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the index, which is a diversified index consisting of the growth stocks of the companies in the US Stock Market.

The fund manager tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks, while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

  • Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (VO)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$247.74
Theme:U.S. Mid-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:20.8%
3-Year Annualized Return:16.0%
5-Year Annualized Return:15.0%
Net Assets:$156 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:7.2%
52-week low:$170.25
52-week high:$248.26
Expense Ratio:0.04%
Dividend Yield:0.9%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Jan 26, 2004
Shares Outstanding:210592288
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Donald Butler

Top Holdings:

Twitter1.00%
Moderna Inc0.88%
IDEXX Laboratories0.84%
Snap Inc Class A0.83%
Twilio Inc A0.80%
Freeport-McMoRan Inc0.80%
Lululemon Athletica Inc0.80%
DocuSign Inc0.80%
KLA Corp0.78%
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc0.76%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks100.07%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the CRSP US Mid Cap index, which is a diversified index consisting of the stocks of the mid-cap companies in the US Stock Market.

The fund manager tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

  • Vanguard Small-Cap ETF (VB)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$226.31
Theme:U.S. Small-Cap Blend Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:17.8%
3-Year Annualized Return:13.5%
5-Year Annualized Return:14.5%
Net Assets:$136 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:3.3%
52-week low:$148.88
52-week high:$228.05
Expense Ratio:0.05%
Dividend Yield:0.9%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Vanguard Small-Cap ETF
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Jan 26, 2004
Shares Outstanding:210769947
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:William Coleman

Top Holdings:

Coupa Software Inc0.58%
Plug Power Inc0.46%
Zebra Technologies0.45%
Horizon Therapeutics0.45%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.98%
Cash0.02%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the CRSP US Small Cap index, which is a diversified index consisting of the stocks of the small-cap companies in the US Stock Market.

The fund manager tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

  1. Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)

Snapshot:

Price (on 1st September):$141.75
Theme:U.S. Large-Cap Value Equity
YTD (Year-to-date) Return:19.7%
3-Year Annualized Return:11.5%
5-Year Annualized Return:12.6%
Net Assets:$128 billion
Holdings in Top 10 best assets:20.4%
52-week low:$101.75
52-week high:$142.48
Expense Ratio:0.04%
Dividend Yield:1.6%
Dividend Distribution Frequency:Quarterly
Minimum Investment:N/A
Legal Name:Vanguard Value ETF
Fund Family Name:Vanguard
Inception Date:Jan 26, 2004
Shares Outstanding:598261473
Share Class:N/A
Currency:USD
Domiciled Country:United States
Manager:Gerard O’Reilly

Top Holdings:

Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B2.96%
JP Morgan Chase & Co2.74%
Johnson & Johnson2.70%
UnitedHealth Group Inc2.32%
The Walt Disney Co2.29%
Procter & Gamble Co2.08%
Bank of America Corp1.76%
AT&T Inc1.70%
Merck & Co Inc1.67%
Comcast Corp Class A1.61%

Asset Allocation:

Stocks99.99%

This fund follows an indexing investment strategy, which allows it to track the performance of the CRSP US Large Cap Value index, which is a diversified index consisting of the value stocks of the corporate giants in the US Stock Market.

The fund manager tries to replicate the target index by investing the entire assets (or most of them) in the stocks while having each stock in the same proportion as the weighting in the index.

Bottom Line:

These are the top ten mutual funds and the top ten ETFs of the North American region as of now.

Instead of just focusing on the returns, these results have been provided to you based on the factors such as assets under management, long track record, choice of most investors, etc.

By the end of August 2021, all the stats provided over here are accurate. However, this information might vary by the time you check this. Yet, we will try our best to keep the information constantly updated.

You must know that investing in mutual funds, ETFs, or any other investments for that matter, usually involves a certain amount of risk.

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