The Vanguard Large-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (VV) and the iShares MBS ETF (MBB) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VV is a Vanguard Large Blend fund and MBB is a iShares Intermediate Government fund. So, what’s the difference between VV and MBB? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of VV is 0.02 percentage points lower than MBB’s (0.04% vs. 0.06%). VV also has a high exposure to the technology sector while MBB is mostly comprised of AAA bonds. Overall, VV has provided higher returns than MBB over the past 11 years.
In this article, we’ll compare VV vs. MBB. We’ll look at annual returns and performance, as well as at their fund composition and portfolio growth. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VV’s and MBB’s holdings, industry exposure, and risk metrics and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Vanguard Large-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares||iShares MBS ETF|
|Category||Large Blend||Intermediate Government|
The Vanguard Large-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (VV) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 37.65B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.75% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.26% with an expense ratio of 0.04%.
The iShares MBS ETF (MBB) is a Intermediate Government fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 25.69B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 3.08% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.88% with an expense ratio of 0.06%.
VV’s dividend yield is 0.62% lower than that of MBB (1.26% vs. 1.88%). Also, VV yielded on average 11.67% more per year over the past decade (14.75% vs. 3.08%). The expense ratio of VV is 0.02 percentage points lower than MBB’s (0.04% vs. 0.06%).
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|Facebook Inc Class A||2.19%|
|Alphabet Inc Class A||1.93%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||1.81%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.3%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||1.24%|
VV’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Alphabet Inc Class A at 5.7%, 5.35%, 3.87%, 2.19%, and 1.93%.
Alphabet Inc Class C (1.81%), Tesla Inc (1.37%), and Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.3%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the VV’s holdings at 1.24% and 1.24%.
|MBB Bond Sectors||Weight|
MBB’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of AAA, Others, Below B, B, and BB at 99.51%, 0.49%, 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.
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The Vanguard Large-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares (VV) has a Beta of 1.01 with a Sharpe Ratio of 1.04 and a R-squared of 99.86. Its Alpha is -0.08 while VV’s Treynor Ratio is 14.14. Furthermore, the fund has a Mean Return of 1.24 and a Standard Deviation of 13.75.
The iShares MBS ETF (MBB) has a Mean Return of 0.2 with a Alpha of 0.14 and a R-squared of 74.38. Its Sharpe Ratio is 0.87 while MBB’s Standard Deviation is 2.12. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 3.02 and a Beta of 0.6.
VV’s Mean Return is 1.04 points higher than that of MBB and its R-squared is 25.48 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 13.75, VV is slightly more volatile than MBB. The Alpha and Beta of VV are 0.22 points lower and 0.41 points higher than MBB’s Alpha and Beta.
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VV had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 32.65%. VV’s worst year over the past decade yielded -4.44% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard Large-Cap Index Fund ETF Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 13.39%, 15.81%, and 16.09% respectively.
The year 2019 was the strongest year for MBB, returning 6.27% on an annual basis. The poorest year for MBB in the last ten years was 2013, with a yield of -1.92%. Most years the iShares MBS ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2012, 2017, and 2020, when gains were 2.23%, 2.37%, and 4.03% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in VV would have resulted in a final balance of $42,970. This is a profit of $32,970 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.75%.
With a $10,000 investment in MBB, the end total would have been $13,906. This equates to a $3,906 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.08%.
VV’s CAGR is 11.67 percentage points higher than that of MBB and as a result, would have yielded $29,064 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VV outperformed MBB by 11.67% annually.
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