The Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF) and the Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VOE) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. SCHF is a Schwab ETFs Foreign Large Blend fund and VOE is a Vanguard Mid-Cap Value fund. So, what’s the difference between SCHF and VOE? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of SCHF is 0.01 percentage points lower than VOE’s (0.06% vs. 0.07%). SCHF also has a lower exposure to the financial services sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, SCHF has provided lower returns than VOE over the past 10 years.
In this article, we’ll compare SCHF vs. VOE. We’ll look at holdings and risk metrics, as well as at their performance and annual returns. Moreover, I’ll also discuss SCHF’s and VOE’s industry exposure, fund composition, and portfolio growth and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Schwab International Equity ETF||Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares|
|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 Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VOE) is a Mid-Cap Value fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 26.78B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 12.52% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.87% with an expense ratio of 0.07%.
SCHF’s dividend yield is 0.29% higher than that of VOE (2.16% vs. 1.87%). Also, SCHF yielded on average 6.10% less per year over the past decade (6.43% vs. 12.52%). The expense ratio of SCHF is 0.01 percentage points lower than VOE’s (0.06% vs. 0.07%).
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 Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VOE) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 18.26%. This is followed by Consumer Cyclical and Real Estate at 11.8% and 11.48% respectively. Communication Services (5.27%), Basic Materials (5.44%), and Energy (5.69%) only make up 16.40% of the fund’s total assets.
VOE’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Healthcare, Industrials, Technology, Utilities, and Real Estate stocks at 7.04%, 9.4%, 9.85%, 10.93%, and 11.48%.
SCHF is 0.41% less exposed to the Financial Services sector than VOE (17.85% vs 18.26%). SCHF’s exposure to Industrials and Technology stocks is 5.46% higher and 1.70% higher respectively (14.86% vs. 9.4% and 11.55% vs. 9.85%). In total, Real Estate, Energy, and Communication Services also make up 9.39% less of the fund’s holdings compared to VOE (13.05% vs. 22.44%).
|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%.
|Carrier Global Corp Ordinary Shares||1.28%|
|International Flavors & Fragrances Inc||1.13%|
|Motorola Solutions Inc||1.12%|
|Discover Financial Services||1.09%|
|Valero Energy Corp||0.97%|
|Willis Towers Watson PLC||0.9%|
|D.R. Horton Inc||0.89%|
VOE’s Top Holdings are Carrier Global Corp Ordinary Shares, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc, Motorola Solutions Inc, Discover Financial Services, and Welltower Inc at 1.28%, 1.13%, 1.12%, 1.09%, and 1.05%.
Corteva Inc (0.99%), Valero Energy Corp (0.97%), and Corning Inc (0.95%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Willis Towers Watson PLC and D.R. Horton Inc are also represented in the VOE’s holdings at 0.9% and 0.89%.
The Schwab International Equity ETF (SCHF) has a Beta of 0.99 with a Treynor Ratio of 5.39 and a Standard Deviation of 15.08. Its Sharpe Ratio is 0.42 while SCHF’s Alpha is 0.53. Furthermore, the fund has a Mean Return of 0.58 and a R-squared of 98.16.
The Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VOE) has a Sharpe Ratio of 0.75 with a Standard Deviation of 15.98 and a R-squared of 88.76. Its Alpha is -3.77 while VOE’s Beta is 1.11. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 10.19 and a Mean Return of 1.05.
SCHF’s Mean Return is 0.47 points lower than that of VOE and its R-squared is 9.40 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 15.08, SCHF is slightly less volatile than VOE. The Alpha and Beta of SCHF are 4.30 points higher and 0.12 points lower than VOE’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 VOE, returning 37.65% on an annual basis. The poorest year for VOE in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -12.41%. Most years the Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2016, and 2012, when gains were 13.98%, 15.26%, and 16.04% 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 VOE, the end total would have been $27,625. This equates to a $17,625 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.52%.
SCHF’s CAGR is 6.10 percentage points lower than that of VOE and as a result, would have yielded $10,536 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, SCHF performed worse than VOE by 6.10% annually.
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