The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) and the Vanguard FTSE Europe Index Fund ETF Shares (VGK) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. TIP is a iShares Inflation-Protected Bond fund and VGK is a Vanguard Europe Stock fund. So, what’s the difference between TIP and VGK? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of TIP is 0.11 percentage points higher than VGK’s (0.19% vs. 0.08%). TIP is mostly comprised of AAA bonds while VGK has a high exposure to the financial services sector. Overall, TIP has provided lower returns than VGK over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare TIP vs. VGK. We’ll look at portfolio growth and fund composition, as well as at their industry exposure and performance. Moreover, I’ll also discuss TIP’s and VGK’s risk metrics, annual returns, and holdings and examine how these affect their overall returns.
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|Name||iShares TIPS Bond ETF||Vanguard FTSE Europe Index Fund ETF Shares|
|Category||Inflation-Protected Bond||Europe Stock|
The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) is a Inflation-Protected Bond fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 28.3B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 4.07% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.87% with an expense ratio of 0.19%.
The Vanguard FTSE Europe Index Fund ETF Shares (VGK) is a Europe Stock fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 25.7B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 6.68% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 2.52% with an expense ratio of 0.08%.
TIP’s dividend yield is 0.65% lower than that of VGK (1.87% vs. 2.52%). Also, TIP yielded on average 2.61% less per year over the past decade (4.07% vs. 6.68%). The expense ratio of TIP is 0.11 percentage points higher than VGK’s (0.19% vs. 0.08%).
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|TIP Bond Sectors||Weight|
TIP’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of AAA, Others, Below B, B, and BB at 99.31%, 0.69%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0%. The fund is less weighted towards BBB (0.0%), A (0.0%), and AA (0.0%) rated bonds.
|ASML Holding NV||2.2%|
|Roche Holding AG||2.13%|
|LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE||1.58%|
|Novo Nordisk A/S B||1.09%|
VGK’s Top Holdings are Nestle SA, ASML Holding NV, Roche Holding AG, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, and Novartis AG at 2.82%, 2.2%, 2.13%, 1.58%, and 1.55%.
AstraZeneca PLC (1.27%), SAP SE (1.25%), and Unilever PLC (1.23%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Novo Nordisk A/S B and Siemens AG are also represented in the VGK’s holdings at 1.09% and 0.96%.
The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) has a Beta of 1.18 with a Standard Deviation of 4.33 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.62. Its Alpha is -0.58 while TIP’s R-squared is 66.57. Furthermore, the fund has a Mean Return of 0.28 and a Treynor Ratio of 2.24.
The Vanguard FTSE Europe Index Fund ETF Shares (VGK) has a Standard Deviation of 16.65 with a Treynor Ratio of 5.12 and a Alpha of 0.45. Its Beta is 1.06 while VGK’s Sharpe Ratio is 0.4. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 92.76 and a Mean Return of 0.61.
TIP’s Mean Return is 0.33 points lower than that of VGK and its R-squared is 26.19 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 4.33, TIP is slightly less volatile than VGK. The Alpha and Beta of TIP are 1.03 points lower and 0.12 points higher than VGK’s Alpha and Beta.
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TIP had its best year in 2011 with an annual return of 13.4%. TIP’s worst year over the past decade yielded -8.65% and occurred in 2013. In most years the iShares TIPS Bond ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2016, and 2010 where annual returns amounted to 3.49%, 4.56%, and 6.1% respectively.
The year 2017 was the strongest year for VGK, returning 27.06% on an annual basis. The poorest year for VGK in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -14.79%. Most years the Vanguard FTSE Europe Index Fund ETF Shares has given investors modest returns, such as in 2016, 2010, and 2020, when gains were -0.59%, 5.01%, and 6.5% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in TIP would have resulted in a final balance of $15,229. This is a profit of $5,229 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.07%.
With a $10,000 investment in VGK, the end total would have been $18,350. This equates to a $8,350 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.68%.
TIP’s CAGR is 2.61 percentage points lower than that of VGK and as a result, would have yielded $3,121 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, TIP performed worse than VGK by 2.61% annually.
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