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SCHX vs. DGRO: What’s The Difference?

The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) and the iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. SCHX is a Schwab ETFs Large Blend fund and DGRO is a iShares Large Value fund. So, what’s the difference between SCHX and DGRO? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of SCHX is 0.05 percentage points lower than DGRO’s (0.03% vs. 0.08%). SCHX also has a higher exposure to the technology sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, SCHX has provided higher returns than DGRO over the past ten years.

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

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Summary

SCHXDGRO
NameSchwab U.S. Large-Cap ETFiShares Core Dividend Growth ETF
CategoryLarge BlendLarge Value
IssuerSchwab ETFsiShares
AUM30.89B20B
Avg. Return14.60%12.46%
Div. Yield1.41%2.04%
Expense Ratio0.03%0.08%

The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Schwab ETFs. It currently has 30.89B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.60% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.41% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.

The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) is a Large Value fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 20B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 12.46% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 2.04% with an expense ratio of 0.08%.

SCHX’s dividend yield is 0.63% lower than that of DGRO (1.41% vs. 2.04%). Also, SCHX yielded on average 2.15% more per year over the past decade (14.60% vs. 12.46%). The expense ratio of SCHX is 0.05 percentage points lower than DGRO’s (0.03% vs. 0.08%).

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Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

SCHX vs. DGRO - Industry Exposure

SCHXDGRO
Technology25.13%18.98%
Industrials8.65%12.52%
Energy2.72%0.11%
Communication Services11.26%4.53%
Utilities2.37%7.34%
Healthcare13.04%17.55%
Consumer Defensive5.97%10.24%
Real Estate3.13%0.0%
Financial Services13.82%18.47%
Consumer Cyclical11.63%7.42%
Basic Materials2.28%2.83%

The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 25.13%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.82% and 13.04% respectively. Utilities (2.37%), Energy (2.72%), and Real Estate (3.13%) only make up 8.22% of the fund’s total assets.

SCHX’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 5.97%, 8.65%, 11.26%, 11.63%, and 13.04%.

The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 18.98%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 18.47% and 17.55% respectively. Energy (0.11%), Basic Materials (2.83%), and Communication Services (4.53%) only make up 7.47% of the fund’s total assets.

DGRO’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Utilities, Consumer Cyclical, Consumer Defensive, Industrials, and Healthcare stocks at 7.34%, 7.42%, 10.24%, 12.52%, and 17.55%.

SCHX is 6.15% more exposed to the Technology sector than DGRO (25.13% vs 18.98%). SCHX’s exposure to Financial Services and Healthcare stocks is 4.65% lower and 4.51% lower respectively (13.82% vs. 18.47% and 13.04% vs. 17.55%). In total, Utilities, Energy, and Real Estate also make up 0.77% more of the fund’s holdings compared to DGRO (8.22% vs. 7.45%).

Holdings

SCHX - Holdings

SCHX HoldingsWeight
Apple Inc5.37%
Microsoft Corp5.1%
Amazon.com Inc3.69%
Facebook Inc A2.08%
Alphabet Inc A1.84%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.78%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.32%
Tesla Inc1.31%
NVIDIA Corp1.25%
JPMorgan Chase & Co1.18%

SCHX’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc A, and Alphabet Inc A at 5.37%, 5.1%, 3.69%, 2.08%, and 1.84%.

Alphabet Inc Class C (1.78%), Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.32%), and Tesla Inc (1.31%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the SCHX’s holdings at 1.25% and 1.18%.

DGRO - Holdings

DGRO HoldingsWeight
Microsoft Corp3.29%
Apple Inc3.26%
Pfizer Inc2.89%
Johnson & Johnson2.87%
Procter & Gamble Co2.79%
Verizon Communications Inc2.68%
JPMorgan Chase & Co2.57%
The Home Depot Inc2.35%
Merck & Co Inc2.11%
Cisco Systems Inc1.98%

DGRO’s Top Holdings are Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble Co at 3.29%, 3.26%, 2.89%, 2.87%, and 2.79%.

Verizon Communications Inc (2.68%), JPMorgan Chase & Co (2.57%), and The Home Depot Inc (2.35%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Merck & Co Inc and Cisco Systems Inc are also represented in the DGRO’s holdings at 2.11% and 1.98%.

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Risk Analysis

SCHXDGRO
Mean Return1.240
R-squared99.830
Std. Deviation13.80
Alpha-0.140
Beta1.020
Sharpe Ratio1.030
Treynor Ratio14.060

The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has a Mean Return of 1.24 with a Treynor Ratio of 14.06 and a Sharpe Ratio of 1.03. Its R-squared is 99.83 while SCHX’s Alpha is -0.14. Furthermore, the fund has a Standard Deviation of 13.8 and a Beta of 1.02.

The iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (DGRO) has a Standard Deviation of 0 with a Sharpe Ratio of 0 and a Mean Return of 0. Its Alpha is 0 while DGRO’s Beta is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 0 and a R-squared of 0.

SCHX’s Mean Return is 1.24 points higher than that of DGRO and its R-squared is 99.83 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 13.8, SCHX is slightly more volatile than DGRO. The Alpha and Beta of SCHX are 0.14 points lower and 1.02 points higher than DGRO’s Alpha and Beta.

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Performance

Annual Returns

SCHX vs. DGRO - Annual Returns

YearSCHXDGRO
202020.9%9.47%
201931.4%30.02%
2018-4.52%-2.24%
201721.91%22.84%
201611.78%15.27%
20151.02%-0.62%
201413.33%0.0%
201332.54%0.0%
201216.06%0.0%
20111.61%0.0%
201015.88%0.0%

SCHX had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 32.54%. SCHX’s worst year over the past decade yielded -4.52% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 13.33%, 15.88%, and 16.06% respectively.

The year 2019 was the strongest year for DGRO, returning 30.02% on an annual basis. The poorest year for DGRO in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -2.24%. Most years the iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2012, 2011, and 2010, when gains were 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

SCHX vs. DGRO - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR
SCHX$10,000$20,88014.60%
DGRO$10,000$19,58012.46%

A $10,000 investment in SCHX would have resulted in a final balance of $20,880. This is a profit of $10,880 over 6 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.60%.

With a $10,000 investment in DGRO, the end total would have been $19,580. This equates to a $9,580 profit over 6 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.46%.

SCHX’s CAGR is 2.15 percentage points higher than that of DGRO and as a result, would have yielded $1,300 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, SCHX outperformed DGRO by 2.15% annually.


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