XUU vs VUN: Choosing the Better US Total Market ETF

The main difference between XUU and VUN is that VUN uses the CRSP U.S. Total Market Index (CRSP US TMI) as its benchmark and is part of the Vanguard fund family while XUU replicates the performance of the S&P Total Market Index (S&P TMI) and is part of BlackRock’s iShares fund family.

CRSP stands for the Center for Research in Security Price and is an affiliate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The CRSP US TMI is comprised of close to 4,000 constituents across the size spectrum from mega and large-cap to small-cap and micro-cap stocks that collectively make up almost 100% of the US public equity market.

Like the CRSP US TMI, the S&P TMI also has roughly 4,000 constituents that make up the US equity market from small and micro-cap stocks to large and mega-cap s

However, the allocations to each sub-component of the equity market differ slightly in each of these benchmarks.

  • Ability to purchase XUU and VUN in Canada
  • Low commissions
  • Trusted trading platform for Canadians


XUU was launched in 2015 to provide investors with an opportunity to ‘own the entire US public equity market’ within a single package.

The ETF is advertised as a long-term core holding and is ideal for investors with a 10 to 15+ year investment horizon wherein they can capitalize on the market’s natural tendency to move upwards.

Since inception, XUU has delivered 12.64% annualized growth with a 5-year annual performance of 14.26% as of February 29, 2024.


Established in 2013, the Vanguard U.S. Total Market Index ETF (VUN) has assets under management of $7.76 billion as of February 29, 2024.

Offering a diverse mix of growth and value equities, the ETF is passively managed and tracks the performance of 3,731 stocks.

Since its inception, VUN has delivered 14.81% annualized growth, including 14.09% in the last 5 years.

XUU vs VUN Performance

XUU Annualized Performance as of February 29, 2024:

  • 1-Year: 27.90%
  • 3-Year: 12.72%
  • 5-Year: 14.26%
  • Since Inception: 12.64%

VUN Annualized Performance as of February 29, 2024:

  • 1-Year: 27.44%
  • 3-Year: 11.69%
  • 5-Year: 14.09%
  • Since inception: 14.81%


XUU vs VUN Fees

XUU offers a Management Expense Ratio (MER) of 0.08% which is largely comprised of its 0.07% management fee.

VUN offers a Management Expense Ratio (MER) of 0.16% which is largely comprised of its 0.15% management fee.

XUU vs VUN Holdings

Below are the top holdings within both XUU and VUN:


  • iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (47.45%)
  • iShares Core S&P Total US Stock ETF (45.79%)
  • iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (2.89%)
  • iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (1.12%)
  • USD Cash (0.35%)
  • Uber Technologies Inc. (0.17%)
  • Blackstone Inc. (0.10%)
  • Ferguson plc (0.09%)
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc. (0.09%)
  • Airbnb Inc. Class A (0.07%)

As of March 25, 2024


  • Microsoft Corp. (6.22%)
  • Apple Inc. (5.4%)
  • Nvidia Corp. (3.75%)
  • Amazon.com Inc. (3.32%)
  • Meta Platforms Inc. (2.2%)
  • Alphabet Inc. (1.66%)
  • Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (1.47%)
  • Alphabet Inc. (1.37%)
  • Eli Lilly & Co. (1.3%)
  • Broadcom Inc. (1.17%)

As of February 29, 2024

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