VEQT vs VGRO: Deciding Between All-Equity and Growth ETFs

The main difference between VEQT and VGRO is that VEQT by definition is an all-equity ETF while VGRO provides exposure to both equity and fixed income asset classes within its package.

As a result, VEQT offers investors exposure to equities across US, Canadian, developed (excluding North America), and emerging markets.

VGRO offers investors the same equity exposures, but also provides balanced growth opportunities through fixed income ETFs focused on the Canadian bond, global bond (excluding US), and US bond markets.

The target asset allocation for VEQT is 100% equity securities.

The asset allocation for VGRO is ~80% equities and ~20% bonds with a tiny portion held in cash.

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The Vanguard All-Equity ETF Portfolio (VEQT) was launched in January 2019 and is invested into global equity markets across US, Canada, developed economies (excluding North America), and emerging economies.

The fund is primarily deployed into large-cap equities with the remainder split amongst mid- to large-cap, mid-cap, mid- to small-cap, and small-cap.

VEQT is ideal for younger investors with a longer time horizon for goals such as retirement.

With diversified geographic and size allocations, it enables investors to earn steady capital gains and dividend income (paid annually) while minimizing exposure to any one particular region or market.

As of February 29, 2024, the ETF had $3.69 billion in cumulative market value.

Since its inception, the VEQT ETF has delivered 10.84% annualized returns with a 3-year return of 8.48%.


The Vanguard Growth ETF Portfolio includes both the aforementioned equity exposures, as well as fixed income exposures in both investment grade and high-yield bonds.

From a sector standpoint, VGRO is oriented largely towards financial services, technology, industrials, consumer discretionary, energy, and healthcare with the remainder split amongst materials, consumer staples, utilities, real estate and telecommunications.

As of February 29, 2024, the ETF had delivered 6.93% annualized returns since inception with a 5-year return of 8.29%.

VEQT vs VGRO Performance

VEQT Annualized Performance (as of February 29, 2024):

  • 1-Year: 17.53%
  • 3-Year: 8.48%
  • Since inception: 10.84%

VGRO Annualized Performance (as of February 29, 2024):

  • 1-Year: 14.74%
  • 3-Year: 6.25%
  • 5-Year: 8.29%
  • Since inception: 6.93%



Both VEQT and VGRO offer a Management Expense Ratio (MER) of 0.24% which is largely comprised of the 0.22% management fee.

VEQT vs VGRO Holdings

Below are the top holdings within VEQT and VGRO:


  • Vanguard US Total Market Index ETF (45.69)
  • Vanguard FTSE All Cap Index ETF (29.12%)
  • Vanguard FTSE Developed All Cap ex North America Index ETF (18.57%)
  • Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap Index ETF (6.62%)

As of February 29, 2024



  • Vanguard U.S. Total Market ETF (37.02%)
  • Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap Index ETF (23.32%)
  • Vanguard FTSE Developed All Cap ex North America Index ETF (15.34%)
  • Vanguard Canadian Aggregate Bond Index ETF (11.29%)
  • Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap Index ETF (5.25%)
  • Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF (CAD-hedged) (3.98%)
  • Vanguard U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF (CAD-hedged) (3.80%)

As of February 29, 2024

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Frequently Asked Questions

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