The Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF) and the iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF (IWS) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. SCHF is a Schwab ETFs Foreign Large Blend fund and IWS is a iShares Mid-Cap Value fund. So, what’s the difference between SCHF and IWS? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of SCHF is 0.17 percentage points lower than IWS’s (0.06% vs. 0.23%). SCHF also has a higher exposure to the financial services sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, SCHF has provided lower returns than IWS over the past 10 years.
In this article, we’ll compare SCHF vs. IWS. We’ll look at performance and portfolio growth, as well as at their industry exposure and annual returns. Moreover, I’ll also discuss SCHF’s and IWS’s risk metrics, fund composition, and holdings and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Schwab International Equity ETF||iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF|
|Category||Foreign Large Blend||Mid-Cap Value|
The Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF) is a Foreign Large Blend fund that is issued by Schwab ETFs. It currently has 26.99B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 6.43% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 2.16% with an expense ratio of 0.06%.
The iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF (IWS) is a Mid-Cap Value fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 14.24B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 12.35% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.34% with an expense ratio of 0.23%.
SCHF’s dividend yield is 0.82% higher than that of IWS (2.16% vs. 1.34%). Also, SCHF yielded on average 5.92% less per year over the past decade (6.43% vs. 12.35%). The expense ratio of SCHF is 0.17 percentage points lower than IWS’s (0.06% vs. 0.23%).
The Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 17.85%. This is followed by Industrials and Technology at 14.86% and 11.55% respectively. Real Estate (3.17%), Energy (4.23%), and Communication Services (5.65%) only make up 13.05% of the fund’s total assets.
SCHF’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Basic Materials, Consumer Defensive, Consumer Cyclical, Healthcare, and Technology stocks at 8.26%, 9.41%, 10.87%, 11.05%, and 11.55%.
The iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF (IWS) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 15.75%. This is followed by Industrials and Consumer Cyclical at 14.6% and 12.07% respectively. Energy (4.71%), Consumer Defensive (4.76%), and Basic Materials (5.4%) only make up 14.87% of the fund’s total assets.
IWS’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Utilities, Healthcare, Technology, Real Estate, and Consumer Cyclical stocks at 6.97%, 8.56%, 11.39%, 11.71%, and 12.07%.
SCHF is 2.10% more exposed to the Financial Services sector than IWS (17.85% vs 15.75%). SCHF’s exposure to Industrials and Technology stocks is 0.26% higher and 0.16% higher respectively (14.86% vs. 14.6% and 11.55% vs. 11.39%). In total, Real Estate, Energy, and Communication Services also make up 7.45% less of the fund’s holdings compared to IWS (13.05% vs. 20.50%).
|Samsung Electronics Co Ltd||1.6%|
|ASML Holding NV||1.29%|
|Roche Holding AG||1.24%|
|Toyota Motor Corp||1.02%|
|LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE||0.93%|
|Shopify Inc A||0.78%|
SCHF’s Top Holdings are Nestle SA, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, ASML Holding NV, Roche Holding AG, and Toyota Motor Corp at 1.66%, 1.6%, 1.29%, 1.24%, and 1.02%.
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (0.93%), Novartis AG (0.92%), and Shopify Inc A (0.78%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. AstraZeneca PLC and SAP SE are also represented in the SCHF’s holdings at 0.75% and 0.74%.
|Marvell Technology Inc||0.69%|
|IHS Markit Ltd||0.62%|
|Prudential Financial Inc||0.56%|
|Otis Worldwide Corp Ordinary Shares||0.54%|
|International Flavors & Fragrances Inc||0.53%|
|Xcel Energy Inc||0.52%|
|Motorola Solutions Inc||0.52%|
IWS’s Top Holdings are Twitter Inc, Marvell Technology Inc, IHS Markit Ltd, Prudential Financial Inc, and Otis Worldwide Corp Ordinary Shares at 0.69%, 0.69%, 0.62%, 0.56%, and 0.54%.
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (0.53%), Xcel Energy Inc (0.52%), and Motorola Solutions Inc (0.52%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Aptiv PLC and Aflac Inc are also represented in the IWS’s holdings at 0.52% and 0.52%.
The Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF) has a R-squared of 98.16 with a Standard Deviation of 15.08 and a Alpha of 0.53. Its Sharpe Ratio is 0.42 while SCHF’s Mean Return is 0.58. Furthermore, the fund has a Beta of 0.99 and a Treynor Ratio of 5.39.
The iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF (IWS) has a Mean Return of 1.06 with a Alpha of -4.11 and a Treynor Ratio of 10.3. Its Sharpe Ratio is 0.75 while IWS’s Beta is 1.1. Furthermore, the fund has a Standard Deviation of 16.03 and a R-squared of 87.04.
SCHF’s Mean Return is 0.48 points lower than that of IWS and its R-squared is 11.12 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 15.08, SCHF is slightly less volatile than IWS. The Alpha and Beta of SCHF are 4.64 points higher and 0.11 points lower than IWS’s Alpha and Beta.
SCHF had its best year in 2017 with an annual return of 25.83%. SCHF’s worst year over the past decade yielded -14.39% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Schwab International Equity ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2016, 2010, and 2020 where annual returns amounted to 2.88%, 8.6%, and 9.86% respectively.
The year 2013 was the strongest year for IWS, returning 33.11% on an annual basis. The poorest year for IWS in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -12.36%. Most years the iShares Russell Mid-Cap Value ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2017, 2014, and 2012, when gains were 13.1%, 14.49%, and 18.27% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in SCHF would have resulted in a final balance of $17,089. This is a profit of $7,089 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.43%.
With a $10,000 investment in IWS, the end total would have been $26,581. This equates to a $16,581 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.35%.
SCHF’s CAGR is 5.92 percentage points lower than that of IWS and as a result, would have yielded $9,492 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, SCHF performed worse than IWS by 5.92% annually.
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