The Vanguard Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VTV) and the iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VTV is a Vanguard Large Value fund and QUAL is a iShares Large Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between VTV and QUAL? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of VTV is 0.11 percentage points lower than QUAL’s (0.04% vs. 0.15%). VTV also has a higher exposure to the financial services sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, VTV has provided lower returns than QUAL over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare VTV vs. QUAL. We’ll look at holdings and portfolio growth, as well as at their risk metrics and performance. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VTV’s and QUAL’s annual returns, industry exposure, and fund composition and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Vanguard Value Index Fund ETF Shares||iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF|
|Category||Large Value||Large Blend|
The Vanguard Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VTV) is a Large Value fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 125.77B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 12.07% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 2.15% with an expense ratio of 0.04%.
The iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 23.93B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 13.42% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.29% with an expense ratio of 0.15%.
VTV’s dividend yield is 0.86% higher than that of QUAL (2.15% vs. 1.29%). Also, VTV yielded on average 1.35% less per year over the past decade (12.07% vs. 13.42%). The expense ratio of VTV is 0.11 percentage points lower than QUAL’s (0.04% vs. 0.15%).
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The Vanguard Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VTV) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 22.81%. This is followed by Healthcare and Industrials at 19.84% and 12.61% respectively. Real Estate (3.01%), Consumer Cyclical (3.79%), and Utilities (5.37%) only make up 12.17% of the fund’s total assets.
VTV’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Communication Services, Energy, Technology, Consumer Defensive, and Industrials stocks at 5.49%, 5.59%, 7.86%, 10.72%, and 12.61%.
The iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 22.52%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 15.87% and 13.22% respectively. Basic Materials (2.35%), Utilities (2.41%), and Real Estate (2.72%) only make up 7.48% of the fund’s total assets.
QUAL’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Consumer Cyclical, Communication Services, and Healthcare stocks at 8.57%, 9.22%, 9.43%, 11.44%, and 13.22%.
VTV is 6.94% more exposed to the Financial Services sector than QUAL (22.81% vs 15.87%). VTV’s exposure to Healthcare and Industrials stocks is 6.62% higher and 3.39% higher respectively (19.84% vs. 13.22% and 12.61% vs. 9.22%). In total, Real Estate, Consumer Cyclical, and Utilities also make up 2.39% less of the fund’s holdings compared to QUAL (12.17% vs. 14.56%).
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||2.98%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||2.82%|
|Johnson & Johnson||2.6%|
|UnitedHealth Group Inc||2.27%|
|Procter & Gamble Co||1.98%|
|Bank of America Corp||1.91%|
|Exxon Mobil Corp||1.6%|
|Comcast Corp Class A||1.57%|
|Verizon Communications Inc||1.32%|
VTV’s Top Holdings are Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth Group Inc, and Procter & Gamble Co at 2.98%, 2.82%, 2.6%, 2.27%, and 1.98%.
Bank of America Corp (1.91%), Exxon Mobil Corp (1.6%), and Comcast Corp Class A (1.57%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Intel Corp and Verizon Communications Inc are also represented in the VTV’s holdings at 1.36% and 1.32%.
|Facebook Inc Class A||4.77%|
|Nike Inc Class B||4.05%|
|Johnson & Johnson||2.99%|
|Mastercard Inc Class A||2.72%|
|Alphabet Inc Class A||2.49%|
QUAL’s Top Holdings are Facebook Inc Class A, Nike Inc Class B, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, and Johnson & Johnson at 4.77%, 4.05%, 3.54%, 3.52%, and 2.99%.
BlackRock Inc (2.87%), Target Corp (2.8%), and Mastercard Inc Class A (2.72%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and Alphabet Inc Class A are also represented in the QUAL’s holdings at 2.71% and 2.49%.
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The Vanguard Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VTV) has a Mean Return of 1.05 with a Treynor Ratio of 11.94 and a Alpha of -1.92. Its Beta is 0.98 while VTV’s Sharpe Ratio is 0.87. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 92.61 and a Standard Deviation of 13.78.
The iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL) has a R-squared of 0 with a Standard Deviation of 0 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0. Its Beta is 0 while QUAL’s Treynor Ratio is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a Alpha of 0 and a Mean Return of 0.
VTV’s Mean Return is 1.05 points higher than that of QUAL and its R-squared is 92.61 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 13.78, VTV is slightly more volatile than QUAL. The Alpha and Beta of VTV are 1.92 points lower and 0.98 points higher than QUAL’s Alpha and Beta.
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VTV had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 33.03%. VTV’s worst year over the past decade yielded -5.39% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard Value Index Fund ETF Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 13.19%, 14.45%, and 15.19% respectively.
The year 2019 was the strongest year for QUAL, returning 34.14% on an annual basis. The poorest year for QUAL in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -5.77%. Most years the iShares MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2010, 2015, and 2016, when gains were 0.0%, 5.56%, and 9.18% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in VTV would have resulted in a final balance of $18,692. This is a profit of $8,692 over 7 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.07%.
With a $10,000 investment in QUAL, the end total would have been $23,251. This equates to a $13,251 profit over 7 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.42%.
VTV’s CAGR is 1.35 percentage points lower than that of QUAL and as a result, would have yielded $4,559 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VTV performed worse than QUAL by 1.35% annually.
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