The iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) and the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IEMG is a iShares Diversified Emerging Mkts fund and SCHX is a Schwab ETFs Large Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between IEMG and SCHX? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of IEMG is 0.08 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.11% vs. 0.03%). IEMG also has a lower exposure to the technology sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, IEMG has provided lower returns than SCHX over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare IEMG vs. SCHX. We’ll look at holdings and portfolio growth, as well as at their risk metrics and industry exposure. Moreover, I’ll also discuss IEMG’s and SCHX’s performance, fund composition, and annual returns and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF||Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF|
|Category||Diversified Emerging Mkts||Large Blend|
The iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) is a Diversified Emerging Mkts fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 83.68B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 7.41% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.78% with an expense ratio of 0.11%.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Schwab ETFs. It currently has 30.89B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.60% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.41% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.
IEMG’s dividend yield is 0.37% higher than that of SCHX (1.78% vs. 1.41%). Also, IEMG yielded on average 7.20% less per year over the past decade (7.41% vs. 14.60%). The expense ratio of IEMG is 0.08 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.11% vs. 0.03%).
The iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 20.44%. This is followed by Financial Services and Consumer Cyclical at 16.9% and 15.67% respectively. Real Estate (2.75%), Energy (4.71%), and Consumer Defensive (5.68%) only make up 13.14% of the fund’s total assets.
IEMG’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Healthcare, Industrials, Basic Materials, Communication Services, and Consumer Cyclical stocks at 5.73%, 5.92%, 8.64%, 11.41%, and 15.67%.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 25.13%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.82% and 13.04% respectively. Utilities (2.37%), Energy (2.72%), and Real Estate (3.13%) only make up 8.22% of the fund’s total assets.
SCHX’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 5.97%, 8.65%, 11.26%, 11.63%, and 13.04%.
IEMG is 4.69% less exposed to the Technology sector than SCHX (20.44% vs 25.13%). IEMG’s exposure to Financial Services and Consumer Cyclical stocks is 3.08% higher and 4.04% higher respectively (16.9% vs. 13.82% and 15.67% vs. 11.63%). In total, Real Estate, Energy, and Consumer Defensive also make up 1.32% more of the fund’s holdings compared to SCHX (13.14% vs. 11.82%).
|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd||5.37%|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd||4.42%|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Ordinary Shares||4.38%|
|Samsung Electronics Co Ltd||3.49%|
|Naspers Ltd Class N||0.93%|
|Reliance Industries Ltd Shs Dematerialised||0.83%|
|China Construction Bank Corp Class H||0.77%|
IEMG’s Top Holdings are Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Ordinary Shares, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, and Meituan at 5.37%, 4.42%, 4.38%, 3.49%, and 1.52%.
Naspers Ltd Class N (0.93%), Vale SA (0.91%), and Reliance Industries Ltd Shs Dematerialised (0.83%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. China Construction Bank Corp Class H and Infosys Ltd are also represented in the IEMG’s holdings at 0.77% and 0.74%.
|Facebook Inc A||2.08%|
|Alphabet Inc A||1.84%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||1.78%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.32%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||1.18%|
SCHX’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc A, and Alphabet Inc A at 5.37%, 5.1%, 3.69%, 2.08%, and 1.84%.
Alphabet Inc Class C (1.78%), Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.32%), and Tesla Inc (1.31%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the SCHX’s holdings at 1.25% and 1.18%.
The iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) has a Beta of 0 with a Mean Return of 0 and a Treynor Ratio of 0. Its Standard Deviation is 0 while IEMG’s Alpha is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 0 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has a Alpha of -0.14 with a Standard Deviation of 13.8 and a Mean Return of 1.24. Its Treynor Ratio is 14.06 while SCHX’s Beta is 1.02. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 99.83 and a Sharpe Ratio of 1.03.
IEMG’s Mean Return is 1.24 points lower than that of SCHX and its R-squared is 99.83 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 0, IEMG is slightly less volatile than SCHX. The Alpha and Beta of IEMG are 0.14 points higher and 1.02 points lower than SCHX’s Alpha and Beta.
IEMG had its best year in 2017 with an annual return of 36.78%. IEMG’s worst year over the past decade yielded -14.69% and occurred in 2018. In most years the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2012, 2011, and 2010 where annual returns amounted to 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0% respectively.
The year 2013 was the strongest year for SCHX, returning 32.54% on an annual basis. The poorest year for SCHX in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -4.52%. Most years the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012, when gains were 13.33%, 15.88%, and 16.06% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in IEMG would have resulted in a final balance of $15,037. This is a profit of $5,037 over 7 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.41%.
With a $10,000 investment in SCHX, the end total would have been $23,664. This equates to a $13,664 profit over 7 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.60%.
IEMG’s CAGR is 7.20 percentage points lower than that of SCHX and as a result, would have yielded $8,627 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IEMG performed worse than SCHX by 7.20% annually.
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