The Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (VO) and the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VO is a Vanguard Mid-Cap Blend fund and SCHX is a Schwab ETFs Large Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between VO and SCHX? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of VO is 0.01 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.04% vs. 0.03%). VO also has a lower exposure to the technology sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, VO has provided lower returns than SCHX over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare VO vs. SCHX. We’ll look at performance and risk metrics, as well as at their annual returns and industry exposure. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VO’s and SCHX’s portfolio growth, fund composition, and holdings and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares||Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF|
|Category||Mid-Cap Blend||Large Blend|
The Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (VO) is a Mid-Cap Blend fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 154.08B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.34% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.23% with an expense ratio of 0.04%.
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%.
VO’s dividend yield is 0.18% lower than that of SCHX (1.23% vs. 1.41%). Also, VO yielded on average 0.27% less per year over the past decade (14.34% vs. 14.60%). The expense ratio of VO is 0.01 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.04% vs. 0.03%).
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The Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (VO) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 22.01%. This is followed by Healthcare and Consumer Cyclical at 13.03% and 12.12% respectively. Basic Materials (3.36%), Energy (3.82%), and Utilities (5.12%) only make up 12.30% of the fund’s total assets.
VO’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Communication Services, Real Estate, Financial Services, Industrials, and Consumer Cyclical stocks at 5.61%, 8.67%, 11.08%, 11.92%, and 12.12%.
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%.
VO is 3.12% less exposed to the Technology sector than SCHX (22.01% vs 25.13%). VO’s exposure to Healthcare and Consumer Cyclical stocks is 0.01% lower and 0.49% higher respectively (13.03% vs. 13.04% and 12.12% vs. 11.63%). In total, Basic Materials, Energy, and Utilities also make up 4.93% more of the fund’s holdings compared to SCHX (12.30% vs. 7.37%).
|IDEXX Laboratories Inc||0.78%|
|Marvell Technology Inc||0.68%|
|IQVIA Holdings Inc||0.68%|
|Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc||0.63%|
|Veeva Systems Inc Class A||0.62%|
|Digital Realty Trust Inc||0.62%|
|Carrier Global Corp Ordinary Shares||0.61%|
VO’s Top Holdings are IDEXX Laboratories Inc, DocuSign Inc, Marvell Technology Inc, IQVIA Holdings Inc, and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc at 0.78%, 0.75%, 0.68%, 0.68%, and 0.63%.
Veeva Systems Inc Class A (0.62%), Digital Realty Trust Inc (0.62%), and Centene Corp (0.62%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Aptiv PLC and Carrier Global Corp Ordinary Shares are also represented in the VO’s holdings at 0.62% and 0.61%.
|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%.
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The Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (VO) has a Beta of 1.11 with a Mean Return of 1.14 and a R-squared of 92.22. Its Standard Deviation is 15.65 while VO’s Alpha is -2.71. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 0.83 and a Treynor Ratio of 11.32.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has a Mean Return of 1.24 with a Beta of 1.02 and a R-squared of 99.83. Its Treynor Ratio is 14.06 while SCHX’s Alpha is -0.14. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 1.03 and a Standard Deviation of 13.8.
VO’s Mean Return is 0.10 points lower than that of SCHX and its R-squared is 7.61 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 15.65, VO is slightly more volatile than SCHX. The Alpha and Beta of VO are 2.57 points lower and 0.09 points higher than SCHX’s Alpha and Beta.
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VO had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 35.15%. VO’s worst year over the past decade yielded -9.21% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2012, and 2020 where annual returns amounted to 13.76%, 15.98%, and 18.22% respectively.
The year 2013 was the strongest year for SCHX, returning 32.54% on an annual basis. The poorest year for SCHX in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -4.52%. Most years the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012, when gains were 13.33%, 15.88%, and 16.06% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in VO would have resulted in a final balance of $32,177. This is a profit of $22,177 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.34%.
With a $10,000 investment in SCHX, the end total would have been $36,987. This equates to a $26,987 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.60%.
VO’s CAGR is 0.27 percentage points lower than that of SCHX and as a result, would have yielded $4,810 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VO performed worse than SCHX by 0.27% annually.
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