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IVV vs. IJR: What’s The Difference?

The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IVV is a iShares Large Blend fund and IJR is a iShares Small Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between IVV and IJR? And which fund is better?

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

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

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Summary

IVVIJR
NameiShares Core S&P 500 ETFiShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF
CategoryLarge BlendSmall Blend
IssueriSharesiShares
AUM294.95B68.64B
Avg. Return14.48%13.97%
Div. Yield1.28%0.96%
Expense Ratio0.03%0.06%

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 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%.

IVV’s dividend yield is 0.32% higher than that of IJR (1.28% vs. 0.96%). Also, IVV yielded on average 0.51% more per year over the past decade (14.48% vs. 13.97%). The expense ratio of IVV is 0.03 percentage points lower than IJR’s (0.03% vs. 0.06%).

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Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

IVV vs. IJR - Industry Exposure

IVVIJR
Technology24.64%14.32%
Industrials8.73%17.31%
Energy2.55%4.0%
Communication Services11.24%2.59%
Utilities2.49%1.8%
Healthcare13.52%11.55%
Consumer Defensive6.34%4.01%
Real Estate2.63%9.55%
Financial Services13.86%15.91%
Consumer Cyclical11.74%13.61%
Basic Materials2.27%5.34%

The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 24.64%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.86% and 13.52% respectively. Utilities (2.49%), Energy (2.55%), and Real Estate (2.63%) only make up 7.67% of the fund’s total assets.

IVV’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 6.34%, 8.73%, 11.24%, 11.74%, and 13.52%.

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%.

IVV is 10.32% more exposed to the Technology sector than IJR (24.64% vs 14.32%). IVV’s exposure to Financial Services and Healthcare stocks is 2.05% lower and 1.97% higher respectively (13.86% vs. 15.91% and 13.52% vs. 11.55%). In total, Utilities, Energy, and Real Estate also make up 7.68% less of the fund’s holdings compared to IJR (7.67% vs. 15.35%).

Holdings

IVV - Holdings

IVV HoldingsWeight
Apple Inc6.14%
Microsoft Corp5.76%
Amazon.com 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, Amazon.com 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%.

IJR - Holdings

IJR HoldingsWeight
BlackRock Cash Funds Treasury SL Agency1.08%
GameStop Corp Class A0.86%
Omnicell Inc0.61%
Stamps.com Inc0.58%
Saia Inc0.57%
Power Integrations Inc0.57%
Exponent Inc0.54%
NeoGenomics Inc0.53%
Chart Industries Inc0.53%
Macy’s Inc0.51%

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%.

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Performance

Annual Returns

IVV vs. IJR - Annual Returns

YearIVVIJR
202018.37%11.24%
201931.44%22.79%
2018-4.42%-8.43%
201721.79%13.2%
201611.9%26.49%
20151.34%-2.0%
201413.62%5.67%
201332.31%41.36%
201215.91%16.28%
20112.03%0.9%
201014.96%26.14%

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 2013 was the strongest year for IJR, returning 41.36% on an annual basis. The poorest year for IJR in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -8.43%. Most years the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2020, 2017, and 2012, when gains were 11.24%, 13.2%, and 16.28% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

IVV vs. IJR - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR
IVV$10,000$41,97614.48%
IJR$10,000$38,80013.97%

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 IJR, the end total would have been $38,800. This equates to a $28,800 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.97%.

IVV’s CAGR is 0.51 percentage points higher than that of IJR and as a result, would have yielded $3,176 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IVV outperformed IJR by 0.51% annually.


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