The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) and the Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF (SCHP) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. GLD is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors N/A fund and SCHP is a Schwab ETFs Inflation-Protected Bond fund. So, what’s the difference between GLD and SCHP? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of GLD is 0.35 percentage points higher than SCHP’s (0.4% vs. 0.05%). GLD also has a high exposure to the technology sector while SCHP is mostly comprised of AAA bonds. Overall, GLD has provided higher returns than SCHP over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare GLD vs. SCHP. We’ll look at holdings and portfolio growth, as well as at their performance and fund composition. Moreover, I’ll also discuss GLD’s and SCHP’s industry exposure, risk metrics, and annual returns and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||SPDR Gold Shares||Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF|
|Issuer||SPDR State Street Global Advisors||Schwab ETFs|
The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) is a N/A fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 59.26B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 5.81% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.0% with an expense ratio of 0.4%.
The Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF (SCHP) is a Inflation-Protected Bond fund that is issued by Schwab ETFs. It currently has 18.41B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 3.92% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.97% with an expense ratio of 0.05%.
GLD’s dividend yield is 1.97% lower than that of SCHP (0.0% vs. 1.97%). Also, GLD yielded on average 1.89% more per year over the past decade (5.81% vs. 3.92%). The expense ratio of GLD is 0.35 percentage points higher than SCHP’s (0.4% vs. 0.05%).
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GLD’s Top Holdings are Gold Trust, N/A, N/A, N/A, and N/A at 100.0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, and 0%.
N/A (0%), N/A (0%), and N/A (0%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. N/A and N/A are also represented in the GLD’s holdings at 0% and 0%.
|SCHP Bond Sectors||Weight|
SCHP’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of AAA, Others, Below B, B, and BB at 100.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0%. The fund is less weighted towards BBB (0.0%), A (0.0%), and AA (0.0%) rated bonds.
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The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) has a Mean Return of 0.21 with a R-squared of 16.21 and a Standard Deviation of 16.58. Its Alpha is 3.91 while GLD’s Beta is 0.48. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 1.21 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.12.
The Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF (SCHP) has a Beta of 1.17 with a Treynor Ratio of 2.31 and a Standard Deviation of 4.32. Its Mean Return is 0.28 while SCHP’s R-squared is 66.16. Furthermore, the fund has a Alpha of -0.5 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.64.
GLD’s Mean Return is 0.07 points lower than that of SCHP and its R-squared is 49.95 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 16.58, GLD is slightly more volatile than SCHP. The Alpha and Beta of GLD are 4.41 points higher and 0.69 points lower than SCHP’s Alpha and Beta.
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GLD had its best year in 2010 with an annual return of 27.25%. GLD’s worst year over the past decade yielded -28.09% and occurred in 2013. In most years the SPDR Gold Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2012, 2016, and 2011 where annual returns amounted to 5.26%, 8.69%, and 11.2% respectively.
The year 2011 was the strongest year for SCHP, returning 13.38% on an annual basis. The poorest year for SCHP in the last ten years was 2013, with a yield of -8.66%. Most years the Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2017, 2014, and 2016, when gains were 2.95%, 3.56%, and 4.6% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in GLD would have resulted in a final balance of $12,884. This is a profit of $2,884 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.81%.
With a $10,000 investment in SCHP, the end total would have been $14,418. This equates to a $4,418 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.92%.
GLD’s CAGR is 1.89 percentage points higher than that of SCHP and as a result, would have yielded $1,534 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, GLD outperformed SCHP by 1.89% annually.
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