IJR vs. SCHB: What’s The Difference?

The iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) and the Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IJR is a iShares Small Blend fund and SCHB is a Schwab ETFs Large Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between IJR and SCHB? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of IJR is 0.03 percentage points higher than SCHB’s (0.06% vs. 0.03%). IJR also has a higher exposure to the industrials sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, IJR has provided lower returns than SCHB over the past ten years.

In this article, we’ll compare IJR vs. SCHB. We’ll look at risk metrics and industry exposure, as well as at their fund composition and holdings. Moreover, I’ll also discuss IJR’s and SCHB’s performance, annual returns, and portfolio growth and examine how these affect their overall returns.

Summary

IJR SCHB
Name iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF
Category Small Blend Large Blend
Issuer iShares Schwab ETFs
AUM 68.64B 21.44B
Avg. Return 13.97% 14.43%
Div. Yield 0.96% 1.39%
Expense Ratio 0.06% 0.03%

The iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) is a Small Blend fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 68.64B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 13.97% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.96% with an expense ratio of 0.06%.

The Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Schwab ETFs. It currently has 21.44B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.43% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.39% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.

IJR’s dividend yield is 0.43% lower than that of SCHB (0.96% vs. 1.39%). Also, IJR yielded on average 0.46% less per year over the past decade (13.97% vs. 14.43%). The expense ratio of IJR is 0.03 percentage points higher than SCHB’s (0.06% vs. 0.03%).

Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

IJR vs. SCHB - Industry Exposure

IJR SCHB
Technology 14.32% 24.15%
Industrials 17.31% 9.29%
Energy 4.0% 2.78%
Communication Services 2.59% 10.52%
Utilities 1.8% 2.32%
Healthcare 11.55% 13.37%
Consumer Defensive 4.01% 5.76%
Real Estate 9.55% 3.58%
Financial Services 15.91% 13.88%
Consumer Cyclical 13.61% 11.9%
Basic Materials 5.34% 2.45%

The iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) has the most exposure to the Industrials sector at 17.31%. This is followed by Financial Services and Technology at 15.91% and 14.32% respectively. Communication Services (2.59%), Energy (4.0%), and Consumer Defensive (4.01%) only make up 10.60% of the fund’s total assets.

IJR’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Basic Materials, Real Estate, Healthcare, Consumer Cyclical, and Technology stocks at 5.34%, 9.55%, 11.55%, 13.61%, and 14.32%.

The Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 24.15%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.88% and 13.37% respectively. Basic Materials (2.45%), Energy (2.78%), and Real Estate (3.58%) only make up 8.81% of the fund’s total assets.

SCHB’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 5.76%, 9.29%, 10.52%, 11.9%, and 13.37%.

IJR is 8.02% more exposed to the Industrials sector than SCHB (17.31% vs 9.29%). IJR’s exposure to Financial Services and Technology stocks is 2.03% higher and 9.83% lower respectively (15.91% vs. 13.88% and 14.32% vs. 24.15%). In total, Communication Services, Energy, and Consumer Defensive also make up 8.46% less of the fund’s holdings compared to SCHB (10.60% vs. 19.06%).

Holdings

IJR - Holdings

IJR Holdings Weight
BlackRock Cash Funds Treasury SL Agency 1.08%
GameStop Corp Class A 0.86%
Omnicell Inc 0.61%
Stamps.com Inc 0.58%
Saia Inc 0.57%
Power Integrations Inc 0.57%
Exponent Inc 0.54%
NeoGenomics Inc 0.53%
Chart Industries Inc 0.53%
Macy’s Inc 0.51%

IJR’s Top Holdings are BlackRock Cash Funds Treasury SL Agency, GameStop Corp Class A, Omnicell Inc, Stamps.com Inc, and Saia Inc at 1.08%, 0.86%, 0.61%, 0.58%, and 0.57%.

Power Integrations Inc (0.57%), Exponent Inc (0.54%), and NeoGenomics Inc (0.53%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Chart Industries Inc and Macy’s Inc are also represented in the IJR’s holdings at 0.53% and 0.51%.

SCHB - Holdings

SCHB Holdings Weight
Apple Inc 4.86%
Microsoft Corp 4.61%
Amazon.com Inc 3.33%
Facebook Inc A 1.88%
Alphabet Inc A 1.66%
Alphabet Inc Class C 1.61%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B 1.19%
Tesla Inc 1.18%
NVIDIA Corp 1.13%
JPMorgan Chase & Co 1.06%

SCHB’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc A, and Alphabet Inc A at 4.86%, 4.61%, 3.33%, 1.88%, and 1.66%.

Alphabet Inc Class C (1.61%), Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.19%), and Tesla Inc (1.18%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the SCHB’s holdings at 1.13% and 1.06%.

Risk Analysis

IJR SCHB
Mean Return 1.21 1.23
R-squared 76.03 99.33
Std. Deviation 18.68 14.12
Alpha -3.7 -0.58
Beta 1.2 1.04
Sharpe Ratio 0.74 1
Treynor Ratio 10.77 13.58

The iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) has a Alpha of -3.7 with a Sharpe Ratio of 0.74 and a Mean Return of 1.21. Its Standard Deviation is 18.68 while IJR’s Treynor Ratio is 10.77. Furthermore, the fund has a Beta of 1.2 and a R-squared of 76.03.

The Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB) has a Mean Return of 1.23 with a R-squared of 99.33 and a Standard Deviation of 14.12. Its Alpha is -0.58 while SCHB’s Treynor Ratio is 13.58. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 1 and a Beta of 1.04.

IJR’s Mean Return is 0.02 points lower than that of SCHB and its R-squared is 23.30 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 18.68, IJR is slightly more volatile than SCHB. The Alpha and Beta of IJR are 3.12 points lower and 0.16 points higher than SCHB’s Alpha and Beta.

Performance

Annual Returns

IJR vs. SCHB - Annual Returns

Year IJR SCHB
2020 11.24% 20.77%
2019 22.79% 30.94%
2018 -8.43% -5.25%
2017 13.2% 21.18%
2016 26.49% 12.56%
2015 -2.0% 0.45%
2014 5.67% 12.67%
2013 41.36% 33.37%
2012 16.28% 16.22%
2011 0.9% 1.4%
2010 26.14% 17.1%

IJR had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 41.36%. IJR’s worst year over the past decade yielded -8.43% and occurred in 2018. In most years the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2020, 2017, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 11.24%, 13.2%, and 16.28% respectively.

The year 2013 was the strongest year for SCHB, returning 33.37% on an annual basis. The poorest year for SCHB in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -5.25%. Most years the Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2012, and 2010, when gains were 12.67%, 16.22%, and 17.1% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

IJR vs. SCHB - Portfolio Growth

Fund Initial Balance Final Balance CAGR
IJR $10,000 $30,759 13.97%
SCHB $10,000 $36,354 14.43%

A $10,000 investment in IJR would have resulted in a final balance of $30,759. This is a profit of $20,759 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.97%.

With a $10,000 investment in SCHB, the end total would have been $36,354. This equates to a $26,354 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.43%.

IJR’s CAGR is 0.46 percentage points lower than that of SCHB and as a result, would have yielded $5,595 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IJR performed worse than SCHB by 0.46% annually.


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