The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) and the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. SCHX is a Schwab ETFs Large Blend fund and XLY is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors Consumer Cyclical fund. So, what’s the difference between SCHX and XLY? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of SCHX is 0.09 percentage points lower than XLY’s (0.03% vs. 0.12%). SCHX also has a higher exposure to the technology sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, SCHX has provided lower returns than XLY over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare SCHX vs. XLY. We’ll look at annual returns and risk metrics, as well as at their fund composition and performance. Moreover, I’ll also discuss SCHX’s and XLY’s portfolio growth, holdings, and industry exposure and examine how these affect their overall returns.
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|Name||Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF||Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund|
|Category||Large Blend||Consumer Cyclical|
|Issuer||Schwab ETFs||SPDR State Street Global Advisors|
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 Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) is a Consumer Cyclical fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 20.21B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 18.86% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.63% with an expense ratio of 0.12%.
SCHX’s dividend yield is 0.78% higher than that of XLY (1.41% vs. 0.63%). Also, SCHX yielded on average 4.26% less per year over the past decade (14.60% vs. 18.86%). The expense ratio of SCHX is 0.09 percentage points lower than XLY’s (0.03% vs. 0.12%).
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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 Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) has the most exposure to the Consumer Cyclical sector at 94.1%. This is followed by Consumer Defensive and Technology at 5.34% and 0.57% respectively. Financial Services (0.0%), Real Estate (0.0%), and Healthcare (0.0%) only make up 0.00% of the fund’s total assets.
XLY’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Utilities, Communication Services, Energy, Industrials, and Technology stocks at 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.57%.
SCHX is 24.56% more exposed to the Technology sector than XLY (25.13% vs 0.57%). SCHX’s exposure to Financial Services and Healthcare stocks is 13.82% higher and 13.04% higher respectively (13.82% vs. 0.0% and 13.04% vs. 0.0%). In total, Utilities, Energy, and Real Estate also make up 8.22% more of the fund’s holdings compared to XLY (8.22% vs. 0.00%).
|Facebook Inc A||2.08%|
|Alphabet Inc A||1.84%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||1.78%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.32%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||1.18%|
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%.
|The Home Depot Inc||8.74%|
|Nike Inc B||4.45%|
|Lowe’s Companies Inc||3.58%|
|Booking Holdings Inc||2.35%|
|TJX Companies Inc||2.12%|
XLY’s Top Holdings are Amazon.com Inc, Tesla Inc, The Home Depot Inc, McDonald’s Corp, and Nike Inc B at 22.9%, 13.5%, 8.74%, 4.5%, and 4.45%.
Lowe’s Companies Inc (3.58%), Starbucks Corp (3.44%), and Target Corp (3.12%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Booking Holdings Inc and TJX Companies Inc are also represented in the XLY’s holdings at 2.35% and 2.12%.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has a Alpha of -0.14 with a Beta of 1.02 and a Standard Deviation of 13.8. Its R-squared is 99.83 while SCHX’s Mean Return is 1.24. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 14.06 and a Sharpe Ratio of 1.03.
The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLY) has a Standard Deviation of 15.97 with a Alpha of 6.96 and a Beta of 1.02. Its Mean Return is 1.47 while XLY’s Treynor Ratio is 16.69. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 80.84 and a Sharpe Ratio of 1.06.
SCHX’s Mean Return is 0.23 points lower than that of XLY and its R-squared is 18.99 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 13.8, SCHX is slightly less volatile than XLY. The Alpha and Beta of SCHX are 7.10 points lower and 0.00 points lower than XLY’s Alpha and Beta.
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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 2013 was the strongest year for XLY, returning 42.74% on an annual basis. The poorest year for XLY in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of 1.66%. Most years the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund has given investors modest returns, such as in 2015, 2017, and 2012, when gains were 9.93%, 22.77%, and 23.6% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in SCHX would have resulted in a final balance of $36,987. This is a profit of $26,987 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.60%.
With a $10,000 investment in XLY, the end total would have been $49,518. This equates to a $39,518 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.86%.
SCHX’s CAGR is 4.26 percentage points lower than that of XLY and as a result, would have yielded $12,531 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, SCHX performed worse than XLY by 4.26% annually.
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