The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF Shares (VTI) and the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VTI is a Vanguard Large Blend fund and XLC is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors Communications fund. So, what’s the difference between VTI and XLC? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of VTI is 0.09 percentage points lower than XLC’s (0.03% vs. 0.12%). VTI also has a higher exposure to the technology sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, VTI has provided lower returns than XLC over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare VTI vs. XLC. We’ll look at industry exposure and fund composition, as well as at their annual returns and holdings. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VTI’s and XLC’s portfolio growth, risk metrics, and performance and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF Shares||Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund|
|Issuer||Vanguard||SPDR State Street Global Advisors|
The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF Shares (VTI) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 1.26T total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.70% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.26% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.
The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC) is a Communications fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 14.09B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 29.04% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.62% with an expense ratio of 0.12%.
VTI’s dividend yield is 0.64% higher than that of XLC (1.26% vs. 0.62%). Also, VTI yielded on average 14.34% less per year over the past decade (14.70% vs. 29.04%). The expense ratio of VTI is 0.09 percentage points lower than XLC’s (0.03% vs. 0.12%).
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The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF Shares (VTI) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 24.1%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.77% and 13.64% respectively. Basic Materials (2.44%), Energy (2.77%), and Real Estate (3.59%) only make up 8.80% of the fund’s total assets.
VTI’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 5.77%, 9.39%, 10.4%, 11.83%, and 13.64%.
The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLC) has the most exposure to the Communication Services sector at 100.0%. This is followed by Technology and Industrials at 0.0% and 0.0% respectively. Consumer Cyclical (0.0%), Financial Services (0.0%), and Real Estate (0.0%) only make up 0.00% of the fund’s total assets.
XLC’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Healthcare, Utilities, Energy, and Industrials stocks at 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0%.
VTI is 24.10% more exposed to the Technology sector than XLC (24.1% vs 0.0%). VTI’s exposure to Financial Services and Healthcare stocks is 13.77% higher and 13.64% higher respectively (13.77% vs. 0.0% and 13.64% vs. 0.0%). In total, Basic Materials, Energy, and Real Estate also make up 8.80% more of the fund’s holdings compared to XLC (8.80% vs. 0.00%).
|Facebook Inc Class A||1.88%|
|Alphabet Inc Class A||1.66%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||1.56%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.09%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||1.06%|
VTI’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Alphabet Inc Class A at 4.9%, 4.6%, 3.33%, 1.88%, and 1.66%.
Alphabet Inc Class C (1.56%), Tesla Inc (1.18%), and Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.09%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the VTI’s holdings at 1.07% and 1.06%.
|Facebook Inc A||23.75%|
|Alphabet Inc A||11.49%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||11.16%|
|Charter Communications Inc A||4.65%|
|Comcast Corp Class A||4.44%|
|T-Mobile US Inc||4.41%|
|The Walt Disney Co||4.39%|
|Verizon Communications Inc||4.33%|
XLC’s Top Holdings are Facebook Inc A, Alphabet Inc A, Alphabet Inc Class C, Netflix Inc, and Charter Communications Inc A at 23.75%, 11.49%, 11.16%, 4.78%, and 4.65%.
Comcast Corp Class A (4.44%), T-Mobile US Inc (4.41%), and The Walt Disney Co (4.39%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc are also represented in the XLC’s holdings at 4.35% and 4.33%.
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VTI had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 33.51%. VTI’s worst year over the past decade yielded -5.13% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2016, 2012, and 2010 where annual returns amounted to 12.68%, 16.41%, and 17.26% respectively.
The year 2019 was the strongest year for XLC, returning 31.22% on an annual basis. The poorest year for XLC in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of 0.0%. Most years the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2013, and 2012, when gains were 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in VTI would have resulted in a final balance of $15,820. This is a profit of $5,820 over 2 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.70%.
With a $10,000 investment in XLC, the end total would have been $16,645. This equates to a $6,645 profit over 2 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.04%.
VTI’s CAGR is 14.34 percentage points lower than that of XLC and as a result, would have yielded $825 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VTI performed worse than XLC by 14.34% annually.
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