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IVV vs. BSV: What’s The Difference?

The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund ETF Shares (BSV) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IVV is a iShares Large Blend fund and BSV is a Vanguard Short-Term Bond fund. So, what’s the difference between IVV and BSV? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of IVV is 0.02 percentage points lower than BSV’s (0.03% vs. 0.05%). IVV also has a high exposure to the technology sector while BSV is mostly comprised of AAA bonds. Overall, IVV has provided higher returns than BSV over the past ten years.

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


NameiShares Core S&P 500 ETFVanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund ETF Shares
CategoryLarge BlendShort-Term Bond
Avg. Return14.48%2.27%
Div. Yield1.28%1.48%
Expense Ratio0.03%0.05%

The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 294.95B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.48% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.28% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.

The Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund ETF Shares (BSV) is a Short-Term Bond fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 67.71B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 2.27% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.48% with an expense ratio of 0.05%.

IVV’s dividend yield is 0.20% lower than that of BSV (1.28% vs. 1.48%). Also, IVV yielded on average 12.21% more per year over the past decade (14.48% vs. 2.27%). The expense ratio of IVV is 0.02 percentage points lower than BSV’s (0.03% vs. 0.05%).

Fund Composition


IVV - Holdings

IVV HoldingsWeight
Apple Inc6.14%
Microsoft Corp5.76% Inc3.83%
Facebook Inc Class A2.29%
Alphabet Inc Class A2.17%
Alphabet Inc Class C2.07%
Tesla Inc1.42%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.42%
NVIDIA Corp1.3%
JPMorgan Chase & Co1.23%

IVV’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Alphabet Inc Class A at 6.14%, 5.76%, 3.83%, 2.29%, and 2.17%.

Alphabet Inc Class C (2.07%), Tesla Inc (1.42%), and Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.42%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the IVV’s holdings at 1.3% and 1.23%.

BSV - Holdings

BSV Bond SectorsWeight
Below B0.01%
US Government0.0%

BSV’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of AAA, BBB, A, AA, and Others at 71.65%, 13.08%, 11.95%, 3.28%, and 0.03%. The fund is less weighted towards Below B (0.01%), B (0.0%), and BB (0.0%) rated bonds.


Annual Returns

IVV vs. BSV - Annual Returns


IVV had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 32.31%. IVV’s worst year over the past decade yielded -4.42% and occurred in 2018. In most years the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 13.62%, 14.96%, and 15.91% respectively.

The year 2019 was the strongest year for BSV, returning 4.92% on an annual basis. The poorest year for BSV in the last ten years was 2013, with a yield of 0.17%. Most years the Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund ETF Shares has given investors modest returns, such as in 2018, 2016, and 2012, when gains were 1.34%, 1.42%, and 1.98% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

IVV vs. BSV - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR

A $10,000 investment in IVV would have resulted in a final balance of $41,976. This is a profit of $31,976 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.48%.

With a $10,000 investment in BSV, the end total would have been $12,785. This equates to a $2,785 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.27%.

IVV’s CAGR is 12.21 percentage points higher than that of BSV and as a result, would have yielded $29,191 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IVV outperformed BSV by 12.21% annually.

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