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ITOT vs. DGRO: What’s The Difference?

The iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) and the iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. ITOT is a iShares Large Blend fund and DGRO is a iShares Large Value fund. So, what’s the difference between ITOT and DGRO? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of ITOT is 0.05 percentage points lower than DGRO’s (0.03% vs. 0.08%). ITOT also has a higher exposure to the technology sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, ITOT has provided higher returns than DGRO over the past ten years.

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

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Summary

ITOTDGRO
NameiShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETFiShares Core Dividend Growth ETF
CategoryLarge BlendLarge Value
IssueriSharesiShares
AUM41.97B20B
Avg. Return14.59%12.46%
Div. Yield1.2%2.04%
Expense Ratio0.03%0.08%

The iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 41.97B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.59% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.2% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.

The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) is a Large Value fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 20B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 12.46% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 2.04% with an expense ratio of 0.08%.

ITOT’s dividend yield is 0.84% lower than that of DGRO (1.2% vs. 2.04%). Also, ITOT yielded on average 2.13% more per year over the past decade (14.59% vs. 12.46%). The expense ratio of ITOT is 0.05 percentage points lower than DGRO’s (0.03% vs. 0.08%).

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Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

ITOT vs. DGRO - Industry Exposure

ITOTDGRO
Technology24.49%18.98%
Industrials9.21%12.52%
Energy2.51%0.11%
Communication Services10.54%4.53%
Utilities2.35%7.34%
Healthcare13.59%17.55%
Consumer Defensive5.79%10.24%
Real Estate3.67%0.0%
Financial Services13.69%18.47%
Consumer Cyclical11.69%7.42%
Basic Materials2.47%2.83%

The iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 24.49%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.69% and 13.59% respectively. Basic Materials (2.47%), Energy (2.51%), and Real Estate (3.67%) only make up 8.65% of the fund’s total assets.

ITOT’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 5.79%, 9.21%, 10.54%, 11.69%, and 13.59%.

The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 18.98%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 18.47% and 17.55% respectively. Energy (0.11%), Basic Materials (2.83%), and Communication Services (4.53%) only make up 7.47% of the fund’s total assets.

DGRO’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Utilities, Consumer Cyclical, Consumer Defensive, Industrials, and Healthcare stocks at 7.34%, 7.42%, 10.24%, 12.52%, and 17.55%.

ITOT is 5.51% more exposed to the Technology sector than DGRO (24.49% vs 18.98%). ITOT’s exposure to Financial Services and Healthcare stocks is 4.78% lower and 3.96% lower respectively (13.69% vs. 18.47% and 13.59% vs. 17.55%). In total, Basic Materials, Energy, and Real Estate also make up 5.71% more of the fund’s holdings compared to DGRO (8.65% vs. 2.94%).

Holdings

ITOT - Holdings

ITOT HoldingsWeight
Apple Inc5.07%
Microsoft Corp4.75%
Amazon.com Inc3.16%
Facebook Inc Class A1.89%
Alphabet Inc Class A1.79%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.71%
Tesla Inc1.17%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.17%
NVIDIA Corp1.08%
JPMorgan Chase & Co1.02%

ITOT’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Alphabet Inc Class A at 5.07%, 4.75%, 3.16%, 1.89%, and 1.79%.

Alphabet Inc Class C (1.71%), Tesla Inc (1.17%), and Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.17%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the ITOT’s holdings at 1.08% and 1.02%.

DGRO - Holdings

DGRO HoldingsWeight
Microsoft Corp3.29%
Apple Inc3.26%
Pfizer Inc2.89%
Johnson & Johnson2.87%
Procter & Gamble Co2.79%
Verizon Communications Inc2.68%
JPMorgan Chase & Co2.57%
The Home Depot Inc2.35%
Merck & Co Inc2.11%
Cisco Systems Inc1.98%

DGRO’s Top Holdings are Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble Co at 3.29%, 3.26%, 2.89%, 2.87%, and 2.79%.

Verizon Communications Inc (2.68%), JPMorgan Chase & Co (2.57%), and The Home Depot Inc (2.35%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Merck & Co Inc and Cisco Systems Inc are also represented in the DGRO’s holdings at 2.11% and 1.98%.

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Risk Analysis

ITOTDGRO
Mean Return1.270
R-squared99.40
Std. Deviation14.020
Alpha-0.540
Beta1.030
Sharpe Ratio1.040
Treynor Ratio14.130

The iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) has a Sharpe Ratio of 1.04 with a R-squared of 99.4 and a Treynor Ratio of 14.13. Its Alpha is -0.54 while ITOT’s Beta is 1.03. Furthermore, the fund has a Mean Return of 1.27 and a Standard Deviation of 14.02.

The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) has a R-squared of 0 with a Treynor Ratio of 0 and a Alpha of 0. Its Mean Return is 0 while DGRO’s Sharpe Ratio is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a Beta of 0 and a Standard Deviation of 0.

ITOT’s Mean Return is 1.27 points higher than that of DGRO and its R-squared is 99.40 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 14.02, ITOT is slightly more volatile than DGRO. The Alpha and Beta of ITOT are 0.54 points lower and 1.03 points higher than DGRO’s Alpha and Beta.

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Performance

Annual Returns

ITOT vs. DGRO - Annual Returns

YearITOTDGRO
202020.75%9.47%
201930.87%30.02%
2018-5.27%-2.24%
201721.23%22.84%
201612.59%15.27%
20150.96%-0.62%
201413.01%0.0%
201332.67%0.0%
201215.98%0.0%
20111.55%0.0%
201016.15%0.0%

ITOT had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 32.67%. ITOT’s worst year over the past decade yielded -5.27% and occurred in 2018. In most years the iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2012, and 2010 where annual returns amounted to 13.01%, 15.98%, and 16.15% respectively.

The year 2019 was the strongest year for DGRO, returning 30.02% on an annual basis. The poorest year for DGRO in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -2.24%. Most years the iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2012, 2011, and 2010, when gains were 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

ITOT vs. DGRO - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR
ITOT$10,000$20,62814.59%
DGRO$10,000$19,58012.46%

A $10,000 investment in ITOT would have resulted in a final balance of $20,628. This is a profit of $10,628 over 6 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.59%.

With a $10,000 investment in DGRO, the end total would have been $19,580. This equates to a $9,580 profit over 6 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.46%.

ITOT’s CAGR is 2.13 percentage points higher than that of DGRO and as a result, would have yielded $1,048 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, ITOT outperformed DGRO by 2.13% annually.


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