VUSA, VUSD or both?

What’s the difference between investing in just VUSA or just VUSD or 50/50 in both? I have seen some people say there is no difference between just one or the other and some others say 50/50 is the best. Can someone please explain?

Both are distributing. The difference is that one is priced in GBP and the other in USD. You will make the same profit in your base currency whichever you buy.

What is the purpose of having VUSA and VUSD tickers then? You are saying there is absolutely no difference which I buy if I buy using GBP?

Some people do not have access to 0 fee currency exchange and so Vanguard make this ETF available to be purchased with both currencies. For us on Trading 212 who have 0 fee currency exchange these are effectively the same.

If your currency is GBP I would advise buy VUSA to avoid the FX impact issue.

If you go to the page for the provider you can see the holdings, always worth doing on ETF to see what’s included (in this case 505) and the weighting.

The competing version from iShares is IUSA

There is no difference to profit arising from fx impact. 10 shares of either version of this ETF, bought and sold over the same time period will give you the same GBP profit. VUSA and VUSD are the identical fund.

It’s like one finds in GAP, where one sees both prices in EUR and GBP on the same label of a sweater. Or a shoe that is labelled as UK size 8., European 43 and US 9.

If you take the USD price of a share of VUSD and convert it to pounds you will have the GBP price of a share of VUSA.

Maybe it’s late and my brain is frazzled if you bought

£10 of VUSA
£10 worth of VUSD (13.64 dollars)

The dollar weakens against the pound

£10 of VUSA
13.64 dollars now gives you £9.70

The dollar weakens again

£10 of VUSA
13.64 dollars now gives you £9.50

You forget that if the dollar weakens against pound by 1% the price of VUSA will also fall by 1%.

Sorry so yes same profit.

The FX is included in the SP with VUSA rather than separately. If you went with VUSD you’ll see the impact split inside the app.

Say this was VUSD

Whilst VUSA would just show £11.23

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What we are saying is essentially correct. However, VUSA and VUSD do trade separately on the market, so the last traded price for each may have occurred at different times and there can be differing demands for the two versions. This can lead to tiny differences in apparent return over short time periods. However, these differences cannot long persist, or otherwise there would arbitrage opportunity to profit by buying one and selling the other. Consequently in practice the two versions move in near lock step differing only by the spot USDGBP rate.

By the way, I recommend considering SUUS and SUAS. These ESG SRI versions of a US market tracker have performed well compared to VUSA and IUSA. They exclude things like oil sands, tobacco and weapons.


Nice :+1:

Interestingly the top 17 (up to Amex) of 131 account for 50%

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Yes, the top holdings in this ETF are ones I would be happy to own. You can use Morningstar to plot the charts of SUAS and VUSA together. SUAS dominates over almost all periods. SDUS is a similar ESG fund. iShares have 3 categories of ESG funds: Screened, Enhanced, and SRI with increasing levels of ESG attractiveness. I am now buying these alongside VUSA. Similarly, the SRI world tracker SUWS has been outperforming SWDA and VWRL.

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just in case

I also decided that SUAS was offering me a relatively safe way to dip my toe in the world of TSLA. It is weighted more in SUAS than in the S&P 500 and in VUSA.

Very interesting ones :clap:

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I like the look of it, I would love to get out of oil etc. but is it worth the 0.68% charge compared to the 0.07% of VUSA?

The charge on these is 0.20%, not 0.68%. So long as they outperform VUSA, I don’t care if Blackrock make a bit more money. (I also own Blackrock shares.) There are also two others at 0.07%.

Blackrock is an advocate of ESG investing and prices the Screened versions of such funds the same as their non ESG funds.

Yeah I just checked the fact sheet and you’re right, I might replace or just add this into my LISA instead of VUSA

Edit: can’t find it as a regular fund only ETF so I guess not lol

Actually TER is almost identical. Not buying S&P anyway just MSCI USA , EM, Eur.

For S&P invesco is cheapest 0.5% while SPDR S&P ESG is 0.10%.

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