IWB vs. IWN: What’s The Difference?

The iShares Russell 1000 ETF (IWB) and the iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IWB is a iShares Large Blend fund and IWN is a iShares Small Value fund. So, what’s the difference between IWB and IWN? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of IWB is 0.09 percentage points lower than IWN’s (0.15% vs. 0.24%). IWB also has a higher exposure to the technology sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, IWB has provided higher returns than IWN over the past ten years.

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

Summary

IWB IWN
Name iShares Russell 1000 ETF iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF
Category Large Blend Small Value
Issuer iShares iShares
AUM 30.54B 15.48B
Avg. Return 14.64% 10.96%
Div. Yield 1.14% 1.26%
Expense Ratio 0.15% 0.24%

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 Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) is a Small Value fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 15.48B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 10.96% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.26% with an expense ratio of 0.24%.

IWB’s dividend yield is 0.12% lower than that of IWN (1.14% vs. 1.26%). Also, IWB yielded on average 3.67% more per year over the past decade (14.64% vs. 10.96%). The expense ratio of IWB is 0.09 percentage points lower than IWN’s (0.15% vs. 0.24%).

Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

IWB vs. IWN - Industry Exposure

IWB IWN
Technology 25.33% 6.02%
Industrials 8.88% 14.58%
Energy 2.44% 5.84%
Communication Services 10.83% 4.17%
Utilities 2.36% 4.69%
Healthcare 13.35% 10.94%
Consumer Defensive 5.97% 3.77%
Real Estate 3.34% 14.36%
Financial Services 13.64% 22.97%
Consumer Cyclical 11.85% 8.39%
Basic Materials 2.02% 4.29%

The iShares Russell 1000 ETF (IWB) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 25.33%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.64% and 13.35% respectively. Utilities (2.36%), Energy (2.44%), and Real Estate (3.34%) only make up 8.14% of the fund’s total assets.

IWB’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 5.97%, 8.88%, 10.83%, 11.85%, and 13.35%.

The iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 22.97%. This is followed by Industrials and Real Estate at 14.58% and 14.36% respectively. Communication Services (4.17%), Basic Materials (4.29%), and Utilities (4.69%) only make up 13.15% of the fund’s total assets.

IWN’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Energy, Technology, Consumer Cyclical, Healthcare, and Real Estate stocks at 5.84%, 6.02%, 8.39%, 10.94%, and 14.36%.

IWB is 19.31% more exposed to the Technology sector than IWN (25.33% vs 6.02%). IWB’s exposure to Financial Services and Healthcare stocks is 9.33% lower and 2.41% higher respectively (13.64% vs. 22.97% and 13.35% vs. 10.94%). In total, Utilities, Energy, and Real Estate also make up 16.75% less of the fund’s holdings compared to IWN (8.14% vs. 24.89%).

Holdings

IWB - Holdings

IWB Holdings Weight
Apple Inc 5.45%
Microsoft Corp 5.11%
Amazon.com Inc 3.43%
Facebook Inc Class A 2.03%
Alphabet Inc Class A 1.93%
Alphabet Inc Class C 1.82%
Tesla Inc 1.27%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B 1.24%
NVIDIA Corp 1.11%
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%.

IWN - Holdings

IWN Holdings Weight
AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc Class A 1.06%
Tenet Healthcare Corp 0.47%
Stag Industrial Inc 0.47%
Ovintiv Inc 0.45%
EMCOR Group Inc 0.42%
Valley National Bancorp 0.37%
Chesapeake Energy Corp Ordinary Shares – New 0.37%
Agree Realty Corp 0.36%
Macy’s Inc 0.35%
Essent Group Ltd 0.35%

IWN’s Top Holdings are AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc Class A, Tenet Healthcare Corp, Stag Industrial Inc, Ovintiv Inc, and EMCOR Group Inc at 1.06%, 0.47%, 0.47%, 0.45%, and 0.42%.

Valley National Bancorp (0.37%), Chesapeake Energy Corp Ordinary Shares – New (0.37%), and Agree Realty Corp (0.36%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Macy’s Inc and Essent Group Ltd are also represented in the IWN’s holdings at 0.35% and 0.35%.

Risk Analysis

IWB IWN
Mean Return 1.27 1.01
R-squared 99.73 72.64
Std. Deviation 13.87 19.28
Alpha -0.38 -6.32
Beta 1.02 1.21
Sharpe Ratio 1.05 0.59
Treynor Ratio 14.31 8.3

The iShares Russell 1000 ETF (IWB) has a Mean Return of 1.27 with a Beta of 1.02 and a Treynor Ratio of 14.31. Its R-squared is 99.73 while IWB’s Sharpe Ratio is 1.05. Furthermore, the fund has a Alpha of -0.38 and a Standard Deviation of 13.87.

The iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) has a Mean Return of 1.01 with a Standard Deviation of 19.28 and a Alpha of -6.32. Its Sharpe Ratio is 0.59 while IWN’s Treynor Ratio is 8.3. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 72.64 and a Beta of 1.21.

IWB’s Mean Return is 0.26 points higher than that of IWN and its R-squared is 27.09 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 13.87, IWB is slightly less volatile than IWN. The Alpha and Beta of IWB are 5.94 points higher and 0.19 points lower than IWN’s Alpha and Beta.

Performance

Annual Returns

IWB vs. IWN - Annual Returns

Year IWB IWN
2020 20.8% 4.5%
2019 31.26% 22.17%
2018 -4.91% -12.94%
2017 21.53% 7.73%
2016 11.91% 31.64%
2015 0.82% -7.53%
2014 13.08% 4.13%
2013 32.93% 34.3%
2012 16.27% 17.92%
2011 1.36% -5.64%
2010 15.94% 24.29%

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 2013 was the strongest year for IWN, returning 34.3% on an annual basis. The poorest year for IWN in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -12.94%. Most years the iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2020, 2017, and 2012, when gains were 4.5%, 7.73%, and 17.92% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

IWB vs. IWN - Portfolio Growth

Fund Initial Balance Final Balance CAGR
IWB $10,000 $42,462 14.64%
IWN $10,000 $28,189 10.96%

A $10,000 investment in IWB would have resulted in a final balance of $42,462. This is a profit of $32,462 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.64%.

With a $10,000 investment in IWN, the end total would have been $28,189. This equates to a $18,189 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.96%.

IWB’s CAGR is 3.67 percentage points higher than that of IWN and as a result, would have yielded $14,273 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IWB outperformed IWN by 3.67% annually.


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