ETF Spotlight on the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSEArca: VNQ), part of an ongoing series. The real estate investment trust ETF is yielding more than 3%. The REIT fund has a three-year annualized return of 20%, compared with 13% for SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY).

Assets: $17.2 billion.

Objective: The Vanguard REIT ETF tries to reflect the performance of the MSCI US REIT Index, which holds stocks issued by real estate investment trusts companies that purchase office buildings, hotels and other real property.

Holdings: Top holdings include Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) 10.7%, Public Storage (NYSE: PSA) 4.7%, HCP Inc. (NYSE: HCP) 4.6%, Ventas (NYSE: VTR) 4.3% and Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) 4.1%.