The iShares Russell 1000 ETF (IWB) and the iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF (GOVT) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IWB is a iShares Large Blend fund and GOVT is a iShares Intermediate Government fund. So, what’s the difference between IWB and GOVT? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of IWB is 0.10 percentage points higher than GOVT’s (0.15% vs. 0.05%). IWB also has a high exposure to the technology sector while GOVT is mostly comprised of AAA bonds. Overall, IWB has provided higher returns than GOVT over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare IWB vs. GOVT. We’ll look at fund composition and industry exposure, as well as at their holdings and risk metrics. Moreover, I’ll also discuss IWB’s and GOVT’s annual returns, portfolio growth, and performance and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||iShares Russell 1000 ETF||iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF|
|Category||Large Blend||Intermediate Government|
The iShares Russell 1000 ETF (IWB) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 30.54B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.64% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.14% with an expense ratio of 0.15%.
The iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF (GOVT) is a Intermediate Government fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 17.07B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 2.67% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.0% with an expense ratio of 0.05%.
IWB’s dividend yield is 0.14% higher than that of GOVT (1.14% vs. 1.0%). Also, IWB yielded on average 11.96% more per year over the past decade (14.64% vs. 2.67%). The expense ratio of IWB is 0.10 percentage points higher than GOVT’s (0.15% vs. 0.05%).
|Facebook Inc Class A||2.03%|
|Alphabet Inc Class A||1.93%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||1.82%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.24%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||1.09%|
IWB’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Alphabet Inc Class A at 5.45%, 5.11%, 3.43%, 2.03%, and 1.93%.
Alphabet Inc Class C (1.82%), Tesla Inc (1.27%), and Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.24%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the IWB’s holdings at 1.11% and 1.09%.
|GOVT Bond Sectors||Weight|
GOVT’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of AAA, Others, Below B, B, and BB at 100.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0%. The fund is less weighted towards BBB (0.0%), A (0.0%), and AA (0.0%) rated bonds.
The iShares Russell 1000 ETF (IWB) has a R-squared of 99.73 with a Treynor Ratio of 14.31 and a Sharpe Ratio of 1.05. Its Mean Return is 1.27 while IWB’s Beta is 1.02. Furthermore, the fund has a Standard Deviation of 13.87 and a Alpha of -0.38.
The iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF (GOVT) has a R-squared of 0 with a Treynor Ratio of 0 and a Beta of 0. Its Alpha is 0 while GOVT’s Standard Deviation is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 0 and a Mean Return of 0.
IWB’s Mean Return is 1.27 points higher than that of GOVT and its R-squared is 99.73 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 13.87, IWB is slightly more volatile than GOVT. The Alpha and Beta of IWB are 0.38 points lower and 1.02 points higher than GOVT’s Alpha and Beta.
IWB had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 32.93%. IWB’s worst year over the past decade yielded -4.91% and occurred in 2018. In most years the iShares Russell 1000 ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 13.08%, 15.94%, and 16.27% respectively.
The year 2020 was the strongest year for GOVT, returning 7.92% on an annual basis. The poorest year for GOVT in the last ten years was 2013, with a yield of -2.84%. Most years the iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2018, 2015, and 2016, when gains were 0.74%, 0.76%, and 0.92% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in IWB would have resulted in a final balance of $31,077. This is a profit of $21,077 over 8 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.64%.
With a $10,000 investment in GOVT, the end total would have been $12,297. This equates to a $2,297 profit over 8 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.67%.
IWB’s CAGR is 11.96 percentage points higher than that of GOVT and as a result, would have yielded $18,780 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IWB outperformed GOVT by 11.96% annually.
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