The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) and the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VOO is a Vanguard Large Blend fund and RSP is a Invesco Large Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between VOO and RSP? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of VOO is 0.17 percentage points lower than RSP’s (0.03% vs. 0.2%). VOO also has a higher exposure to the technology sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, VOO has provided higher returns than RSP over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare VOO vs. RSP. We’ll look at holdings and industry exposure, as well as at their risk metrics and annual returns. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VOO’s and RSP’s fund composition, performance, and portfolio growth and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Vanguard S&P 500 ETF||Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF|
|Category||Large Blend||Large Blend|
The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 753.41B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.45% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.34% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.
The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Invesco. It currently has 28.62B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 13.79% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.31% with an expense ratio of 0.2%.
VOO’s dividend yield is 0.03% higher than that of RSP (1.34% vs. 1.31%). Also, VOO yielded on average 0.66% more per year over the past decade (14.45% vs. 13.79%). The expense ratio of VOO is 0.17 percentage points lower than RSP’s (0.03% vs. 0.2%).
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The Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 24.24%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 14.2% and 13.1% respectively. Utilities (2.43%), Real Estate (2.58%), and Energy (2.84%) only make up 7.85% of the fund’s total assets.
VOO’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 6.32%, 8.86%, 11.14%, 12.01%, and 13.1%.
The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 14.73%. This is followed by Industrials and Healthcare at 14.62% and 13.69% respectively. Basic Materials (4.04%), Communication Services (4.31%), and Utilities (5.58%) only make up 13.93% of the fund’s total assets.
RSP’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Real Estate, Consumer Defensive, Consumer Cyclical, Financial Services, and Healthcare stocks at 5.84%, 6.86%, 13.01%, 13.43%, and 13.69%.
VOO is 9.51% more exposed to the Technology sector than RSP (24.24% vs 14.73%). VOO’s exposure to Financial Services and Healthcare stocks is 0.77% higher and 0.59% lower respectively (14.2% vs. 13.43% and 13.1% vs. 13.69%). In total, Utilities, Real Estate, and Energy also make up 7.47% less of the fund’s holdings compared to RSP (7.85% vs. 15.32%).
|Facebook Inc Class A||2.29%|
|Alphabet Inc Class A||2.02%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||1.97%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.44%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||1.3%|
VOO’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Alphabet Inc Class A at 5.92%, 5.62%, 4.06%, 2.29%, and 2.02%.
Alphabet Inc Class C (1.97%), Tesla Inc (1.44%), and Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.44%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the VOO’s holdings at 1.37% and 1.3%.
|Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc||0.27%|
|Nike Inc Class B||0.25%|
|Monolithic Power Systems Inc||0.25%|
|Enphase Energy Inc||0.25%|
|Advanced Micro Devices Inc||0.25%|
|IDEXX Laboratories Inc||0.24%|
RSP’s Top Holdings are Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc, Nike Inc Class B, MSCI Inc, Monolithic Power Systems Inc, and Enphase Energy Inc at 0.27%, 0.25%, 0.25%, 0.25%, and 0.25%.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc (0.25%), ResMed Inc (0.24%), and PerkinElmer Inc (0.24%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. IDEXX Laboratories Inc and Danaher Corp are also represented in the RSP’s holdings at 0.24% and 0.24%.
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VOO had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 32.33%. VOO’s worst year over the past decade yielded -4.42% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2016, 2014, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 11.93%, 13.63%, and 15.98% respectively.
The year 2013 was the strongest year for RSP, returning 35.6% on an annual basis. The poorest year for RSP in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -7.77%. Most years the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2016, and 2012, when gains were 14.02%, 14.34%, and 17.04% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in VOO would have resulted in a final balance of $36,575. This is a profit of $26,575 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.45%.
With a $10,000 investment in RSP, the end total would have been $31,875. This equates to a $21,875 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.79%.
VOO’s CAGR is 0.66 percentage points higher than that of RSP and as a result, would have yielded $4,700 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VOO outperformed RSP by 0.66% annually.
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