Morningstar Rating

ETF Research and Analysis

by Robert Goldsborough
Suitability
Vanguard Utilities ETF VPU is an option for investors who want broad exposure to defensive, high-yielding United States utilities companies. This fund's holdings include regulated utilities, diversified utilities, and unregulated   Read more 

Bull Case

VPU offers the broadest portfolio of any pure utilities-sector fund.
The fund offers an attractive dividend yield relative to many other sectors.
The utilities sector is one the least volatile segments of the market.  Read more 

Bear Case

Utilities face a tough regulatory environment.
Rising interest rates can hurt the fund's performance.
Low power prices could squeeze margins. Read more 

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