The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) and the iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. IWM is a iShares Small Blend fund and IWN is a iShares Small Value fund. So, what’s the difference between IWM and IWN? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of IWM is 0.05 percentage points lower than IWN’s (0.19% vs. 0.24%). IWM also has a higher exposure to the healthcare sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, IWM has provided higher returns than IWN over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare IWM vs. IWN. We’ll look at performance and holdings, as well as at their portfolio growth and industry exposure. Moreover, I’ll also discuss IWM’s and IWN’s risk metrics, fund composition, and annual returns and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||iShares Russell 2000 ETF||iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF|
|Category||Small Blend||Small Value|
The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) is a Small Blend fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 66.48B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 13.52% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.86% with an expense ratio of 0.19%.
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%.
IWM’s dividend yield is 0.40% lower than that of IWN (0.86% vs. 1.26%). Also, IWM yielded on average 2.56% more per year over the past decade (13.52% vs. 10.96%). The expense ratio of IWM is 0.05 percentage points lower than IWN’s (0.19% vs. 0.24%).
The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has the most exposure to the Healthcare sector at 20.3%. This is followed by Industrials and Technology at 14.78% and 14.21% respectively. Consumer Defensive (3.65%), Basic Materials (3.74%), and Energy (3.74%) only make up 11.13% of the fund’s total assets.
IWM’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Communication Services, Real Estate, Consumer Cyclical, Financial Services, and Technology stocks at 3.79%, 8.59%, 10.99%, 13.76%, and 14.21%.
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%.
IWM is 9.36% more exposed to the Healthcare sector than IWN (20.3% vs 10.94%). IWM’s exposure to Industrials and Technology stocks is 0.20% higher and 8.19% higher respectively (14.78% vs. 14.58% and 14.21% vs. 6.02%). In total, Consumer Defensive, Basic Materials, and Energy also make up 2.77% less of the fund’s holdings compared to IWN (11.13% vs. 13.90%).
|AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc Class A||0.52%|
|Intellia Therapeutics Inc||0.33%|
|BlackRock Cash Funds Treasury SL Agency||0.29%|
|Tenet Healthcare Corp||0.26%|
|Lattice Semiconductor Corp||0.26%|
|Tetra Tech Inc||0.25%|
|EastGroup Properties Inc||0.24%|
|Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc||0.24%|
IWM’s Top Holdings are AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc Class A, Intellia Therapeutics Inc, Crocs Inc, BlackRock Cash Funds Treasury SL Agency, and Tenet Healthcare Corp at 0.52%, 0.33%, 0.3%, 0.29%, and 0.26%.
Lattice Semiconductor Corp (0.26%), Tetra Tech Inc (0.25%), and II-VI Inc (0.25%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. EastGroup Properties Inc and Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc are also represented in the IWM’s holdings at 0.24% and 0.24%.
|AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc Class A||1.06%|
|Tenet Healthcare Corp||0.47%|
|Stag Industrial Inc||0.47%|
|EMCOR Group Inc||0.42%|
|Valley National Bancorp||0.37%|
|Chesapeake Energy Corp Ordinary Shares – New||0.37%|
|Agree Realty Corp||0.36%|
|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%.
The iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has a Standard Deviation of 18.87 with a Sharpe Ratio of 0.68 and a Alpha of -5.12. Its R-squared is 77.73 while IWM’s Mean Return is 1.12. Furthermore, the fund has a Beta of 1.23 and a Treynor Ratio of 9.56.
The iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) has a Sharpe Ratio of 0.59 with a Alpha of -6.32 and a Beta of 1.21. Its Mean Return is 1.01 while IWN’s Treynor Ratio is 8.3. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 72.64 and a Standard Deviation of 19.28.
IWM’s Mean Return is 0.11 points higher than that of IWN and its R-squared is 5.09 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 18.87, IWM is slightly less volatile than IWN. The Alpha and Beta of IWM are 1.20 points higher and 0.02 points higher than IWN’s Alpha and Beta.
IWM had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 38.85%. IWM’s worst year over the past decade yielded -11.02% and occurred in 2018. In most years the iShares Russell 2000 ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2017, 2012, and 2020 where annual returns amounted to 14.66%, 16.39%, and 19.89% 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.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in IWM would have resulted in a final balance of $36,686. This is a profit of $26,686 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.52%.
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%.
IWM’s CAGR is 2.56 percentage points higher than that of IWN and as a result, would have yielded $8,497 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, IWM outperformed IWN by 2.56% annually.
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