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IWB vs. SCHP: What’s The Difference?

The iShares Russell 1000 ETF (IWB) and the Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF (SCHP) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IWB is a iShares Large Blend fund and SCHP is a Schwab ETFs Inflation-Protected Bond fund. So, what’s the difference between IWB and SCHP? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of IWB is 0.10 percentage points higher than SCHP’s (0.15% vs. 0.05%). IWB also has a high exposure to the technology sector while SCHP is mostly comprised of AAA bonds. Overall, IWB has provided higher returns than SCHP over the past ten years.

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


NameiShares Russell 1000 ETFSchwab U.S. TIPS ETF
CategoryLarge BlendInflation-Protected Bond
IssueriSharesSchwab ETFs
Avg. Return14.64%3.92%
Div. Yield1.14%1.97%
Expense Ratio0.15%0.05%

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 Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF (SCHP) is a Inflation-Protected Bond fund that is issued by Schwab ETFs. It currently has 18.41B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 3.92% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.97% with an expense ratio of 0.05%.

IWB’s dividend yield is 0.83% lower than that of SCHP (1.14% vs. 1.97%). Also, IWB yielded on average 10.72% more per year over the past decade (14.64% vs. 3.92%). The expense ratio of IWB is 0.10 percentage points higher than SCHP’s (0.15% vs. 0.05%).

Fund Composition


IWB - Holdings

IWB HoldingsWeight
Apple Inc5.45%
Microsoft Corp5.11% Inc3.43%
Facebook Inc Class A2.03%
Alphabet Inc Class A1.93%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.82%
Tesla Inc1.27%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.24%
NVIDIA Corp1.11%
JPMorgan Chase & Co1.09%

IWB’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, 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%.

SCHP - Holdings

SCHP Bond SectorsWeight
Below B0.0%
US Government0.0%

SCHP’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.

Risk Analysis

Mean Return1.270.28
Std. Deviation13.874.32
Sharpe Ratio1.050.64
Treynor Ratio14.312.31

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

The Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF (SCHP) has a Beta of 1.17 with a Mean Return of 0.28 and a Standard Deviation of 4.32. Its R-squared is 66.16 while SCHP’s Treynor Ratio is 2.31. Furthermore, the fund has a Alpha of -0.5 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.64.

IWB’s Mean Return is 0.99 points higher than that of SCHP and its R-squared is 33.57 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 13.87, IWB is slightly more volatile than SCHP. The Alpha and Beta of IWB are 0.12 points higher and 0.15 points lower than SCHP’s Alpha and Beta.


Annual Returns

IWB vs. SCHP - Annual Returns


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 2011 was the strongest year for SCHP, returning 13.38% on an annual basis. The poorest year for SCHP in the last ten years was 2013, with a yield of -8.66%. Most years the Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2017, 2014, and 2016, when gains were 2.95%, 3.56%, and 4.6% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

IWB vs. SCHP - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR

A $10,000 investment in IWB would have resulted in a final balance of $36,624. This is a profit of $26,624 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.64%.

With a $10,000 investment in SCHP, the end total would have been $14,418. This equates to a $4,418 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.92%.

IWB’s CAGR is 10.72 percentage points higher than that of SCHP and as a result, would have yielded $22,206 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IWB outperformed SCHP by 10.72% annually.

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