The Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) and the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. QQQ is a Invesco Large Growth fund and GLD is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors N/A fund. So, what’s the difference between QQQ and GLD? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of QQQ is 0.20 percentage points lower than GLD’s (0.2% vs. 0.4%). QQQ also has a higher exposure to the technology sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, QQQ has provided higher returns than GLD over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare QQQ vs. GLD. We’ll look at portfolio growth and risk metrics, as well as at their fund composition and performance. Moreover, I’ll also discuss QQQ’s and GLD’s holdings, industry exposure, and annual returns and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Invesco QQQ Trust||SPDR Gold Shares|
|Issuer||Invesco||SPDR State Street Global Advisors|
The Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) is a Large Growth fund that is issued by Invesco. It currently has 174.51B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 21.27% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.49% with an expense ratio of 0.2%.
The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) is a N/A fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 59.26B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 5.81% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.0% with an expense ratio of 0.4%.
QQQ’s dividend yield is 0.49% higher than that of GLD (0.49% vs. 0.0%). Also, QQQ yielded on average 15.46% more per year over the past decade (21.27% vs. 5.81%). The expense ratio of QQQ is 0.20 percentage points lower than GLD’s (0.2% vs. 0.4%).
The Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 45.46%. This is followed by Communication Services and Consumer Cyclical at 19.55% and 17.27% respectively. Real Estate (0.0%), Energy (0.0%), and Utilities (0.89%) only make up 0.89% of the fund’s total assets.
QQQ’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Financial Services, Industrials, Consumer Defensive, Healthcare, and Consumer Cyclical stocks at 2.51%, 2.61%, 4.68%, 7.04%, and 17.27%.
The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 0.0%. This is followed by Industrials and Energy at 0.0% and 0.0% respectively. Consumer Cyclical (0.0%), Financial Services (0.0%), and Real Estate (0.0%) only make up 0.00% of the fund’s total assets.
GLD’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Healthcare, Utilities, Communication Services, and Energy stocks at 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0%.
QQQ is 45.46% more exposed to the Technology sector than GLD (45.46% vs 0.0%). QQQ’s exposure to Communication Services and Consumer Cyclical stocks is 19.55% higher and 17.27% higher respectively (19.55% vs. 0.0% and 17.27% vs. 0.0%). In total, Real Estate, Energy, and Utilities also make up 0.89% more of the fund’s holdings compared to GLD (0.89% vs. 0.00%).
|Facebook Inc Class A||4.01%|
|Facebook Inc A||4.01%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||3.9%|
|Alphabet Inc Class A||3.53%|
|Alphabet Inc A||3.53%|
QQQ’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Facebook Inc A at 11.0%, 9.82%, 8.35%, 4.01%, and 4.01%.
Alphabet Inc Class C (3.9%), Tesla Inc (3.9%), and NVIDIA Corp (3.65%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Alphabet Inc Class A and Alphabet Inc A are also represented in the QQQ’s holdings at 3.53% and 3.53%.
GLD’s Top Holdings are Gold Trust, N/A, N/A, N/A, and N/A at 100.0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, and 0%.
N/A (0%), N/A (0%), and N/A (0%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. N/A and N/A are also represented in the GLD’s holdings at 0% and 0%.
QQQ had its best year in 2020 with an annual return of 48.6%. QQQ’s worst year over the past decade yielded -0.14% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Invesco QQQ Trust provided moderate returns such as in 2012, 2014, and 2010 where annual returns amounted to 18.09%, 19.12%, and 19.89% respectively.
The year 2010 was the strongest year for GLD, returning 27.25% on an annual basis. The poorest year for GLD in the last ten years was 2013, with a yield of -28.09%. Most years the SPDR Gold Shares has given investors modest returns, such as in 2012, 2016, and 2011, when gains were 5.26%, 8.69%, and 11.2% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in QQQ would have resulted in a final balance of $76,522. This is a profit of $66,522 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.27%.
With a $10,000 investment in GLD, the end total would have been $16,395. This equates to a $6,395 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.81%.
QQQ’s CAGR is 15.46 percentage points higher than that of GLD and as a result, would have yielded $60,127 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, QQQ outperformed GLD by 15.46% annually.
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