Both VUG and QQQ are ETFs. VUG has a lower 5-year return than QQQ (13.31% vs 17.91%). VUG has a lower expense ratio than QQQ (0.04% vs 0.2%). Below is the comparison between VUG and QQQ.

Segment Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Equity: U.S. - Large Cap Growth
Issuer Invesco PowerShares Vanguard
Net Assets $72.64B $39.30B
Expense Ratio 0.20% 0.04%
Management Style passive (index-based) passive (index-based)
Dividend Yield N/A 1.18
Underlying Index NASDAQ-100 Index CRSP US Large Cap Growth Index
YTD Return 23.09% 22.26%
1-Year Return 18.80% 16.58%
3-Year Return 22.60% 17.25%
5-Year Return 17.91% 13.31%
10-Year Return 19.84% 16.34%

VUG description

The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of large-capitalization growth stocks. The Fund employs a "passive management"--or indexing--investment approach designed to track the performance of the MSCI US Prime Market Growth Index.

VUG returns

YTD Return 22.26%
1-Month Return 4.71%
3-Month Return 11.96%
1-Year Return 16.58%
3-Year Return 17.25%
5-Year Return 13.31%
10-Year Return 16.34%
VUG expense ratio is 0.04%.

VUG holdings

Top 10 Holdings (35.76% of Total Assets)

Name Symbol % Assets
Microsoft Corp MSFT 7.25%
Apple Inc AAPL 6.46% Inc AMZN 5.96%
Facebook Inc A FB 3.19%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 2.82%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 2.79%
Visa Inc Class A V 2.19%
The Home Depot Inc HD 1.74%
Mastercard Inc A MA 1.72%
Boeing Co BA 1.64%

QQQ description

The Fund seeks to provide investment results that generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the component securities of the Nasdaq-100 Index.

QQQ returns

YTD Return 23.09%
1-Month Return 5.50%
3-Month Return 12.92%
1-Year Return 18.80%
3-Year Return 22.60%
5-Year Return 17.91%
10-Year Return 19.84%
QQQ expense ratio is 0.2%.

QQQ holdings

Top 10 Holdings (54.31% of Total Assets)

Name Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc AAPL 10.26%
Microsoft Corp MSFT 10.14% Inc AMZN 9.9%
Facebook Inc A FB 4.72%
Alphabet Inc Class C GOOG 4.69%
Alphabet Inc A GOOGL 4.12%
Intel Corp INTC 3.07%
Cisco Systems Inc CSCO 3.02%
Comcast Corp Class A CMCSA 2.29%
PepsiCo Inc PEP 2.1%