| Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (the Fund) is an open-end investment management company. The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of mid-capitalization value stocks. The Fund is designed to track the performance of the MSCI US Mid Cap Value Index (the Index). The Fund attempts to replicate the target Index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in the stocks that make up the Index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the Index. As of Dec 31 2013, the Fund's investments portfolio was valued at $4,663,178,000. The VOT YTD return is shown above.
The YTD Return on the VOT YTD return page and across the coverage universe of our site,
is a measure of the total return for a given investment year-to-date for the current calendar year
(up to the end of prior trading session). Arguably, choosing the current calendar year for a measurement
period is on the one hand completely arbitrary, but on the other hand a year-to-date look can be extremely
useful in the context of our country's tax system which taxes gains and income on a calendar year basis.
Thus, researching Year-To-Date Returns is good practice for investors — whether VOT YTD return or other benchmarks/peers
— and when doing so it is also important to factor in dividends, because a financial instrument's YTD return is
more than just the change in price if that instrument pays a dividend or coupon. Our website aims to empower investors
by performing the VOT YTD return calculation (with any dividends reinvested as applicable), and to provide a
coverage universe of many stocks and ETFs to be able to compare YTD returns.