VRIF: An easy way to boost income in retirement (or before)

16 September 2020 | ETF information


According to a recent Vanguard Canada survey, saving for retirement is the number one investment objective for Canadians (78% list it in the top two).1 In addition, the risk of outliving their savings is a real concern for many Canadians.

In order to keep up with inflation while meeting basic spending needs during retirement, many Canadians have been turning to all-in-one, multi-asset investment products that provide a steady monthly income. (ETFs in this category have grown 62% each of the last three years.)

That’s why we created the Vanguard Retirement Income ETF Portfolio (ticker: VRIF). Investors need a low-cost, transparent solution to boost their income, whether for retirement or just as a supplement to other earnings.

VRIF’s convenient “all-in-one” design is simple yet sophisticated in its structure. As well as being easy to use, it brings broad diversification—essential for safeguarding your assets during turbulent market conditions; full transparency; and a regular monthly payout.

Expert management for less

Like our other Asset Allocation ETFs, VRIF helps you keep more money in your pockets and saves you time. Here’s how:

  • Fixed dollar amount paid monthly – targeted 4% yield at launch.
  • 0.29% management fee – nearly one third of the cost of the industry average income fund.
  • Confidence in the expert management by Vanguard, a global leader in single-ticket asset allocation ETF portfolios.
  • Tax-friendly ”total-return” approach. When distributing from capital appreciation, only the difference between the cost basis and the sale price is taxed.
  • Time-varying asset allocations keeps your portfolios well diversified and focused on the 4% income goal.


Since their launch in 2018, our suite of all-in-one asset allocation ETFs have reached $3.58 billion CAD2 in assets. VRIF complements this line-up by investing in a mix of equity and fixed income securities to provide a consistent income stream along with the possibility of modest capital growth.

With a 0.29% management fee, it gives you:

  • A steady payout—a feature unique to this ETF and not available in a self-constructed model.
  • Intensive oversight by Vanguard’s Investment Strategy Group—necessary for managing the movement of allocations in an income-focused asset allocation ETF.

Whether for retirement or just as a supplement to other earnings, VRIF’s embedded discipline boosts your income while saving you the time it takes to implement a complex asset allocation strategy.

Ask your Vanguard representative about VRIF today.

1 According to the results of a Vanguard Canada Brand & Advertising Tracker Research investor poll. July 2020.

2 As at August 26, 2020.

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