The Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund ETF Shares (VXF) and the iShares MSCI USA Value Factor ETF (VLUE) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VXF is a Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth fund and VLUE is a iShares Large Value fund. So, what’s the difference between VXF and VLUE? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of VXF is 0.09 percentage points lower than VLUE’s (0.06% vs. 0.15%). VXF also has a lower exposure to the technology sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, VXF has provided higher returns than VLUE over the past 7 years.
In this article, we’ll compare VXF vs. VLUE. We’ll look at annual returns and industry exposure, as well as at their fund composition and risk metrics. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VXF’s and VLUE’s holdings, portfolio growth, and performance and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund ETF Shares||iShares MSCI USA Value Factor ETF|
|Category||Mid-Cap Growth||Large Value|
The Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund ETF Shares (VXF) is a Mid-Cap Growth fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 114.53B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 15.47% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.19% with an expense ratio of 0.06%.
The iShares MSCI USA Value Factor ETF (VLUE) is a Large Value fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 15.95B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 8.91% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.89% with an expense ratio of 0.15%.
VXF’s dividend yield is 0.70% lower than that of VLUE (1.19% vs. 1.89%). Also, VXF yielded on average 6.56% more per year over the past decade (15.47% vs. 8.91%). The expense ratio of VXF is 0.09 percentage points lower than VLUE’s (0.06% vs. 0.15%).
The Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund ETF Shares (VXF) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 23.61%. This is followed by Healthcare and Financial Services at 15.25% and 12.56% respectively. Energy (2.46%), Consumer Defensive (3.09%), and Basic Materials (3.26%) only make up 8.81% of the fund’s total assets.
VXF’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Communication Services, Real Estate, Industrials, Consumer Cyclical, and Financial Services stocks at 7.29%, 8.16%, 11.31%, 11.35%, and 12.56%.
The iShares MSCI USA Value Factor ETF (VLUE) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 26.89%. This is followed by Healthcare and Financial Services at 14.31% and 10.96% respectively. Energy (2.42%), Utilities (2.68%), and Real Estate (3.19%) only make up 8.29% of the fund’s total assets.
VLUE’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Financial Services stocks at 7.22%, 9.14%, 10.39%, 10.66%, and 10.96%.
VXF is 3.28% less exposed to the Technology sector than VLUE (23.61% vs 26.89%). VXF’s exposure to Healthcare and Financial Services stocks is 0.94% higher and 1.60% higher respectively (15.25% vs. 14.31% and 12.56% vs. 10.96%). In total, Energy, Consumer Defensive, and Basic Materials also make up 2.97% less of the fund’s holdings compared to VLUE (8.81% vs. 11.78%).
|Square Inc A||1.2%|
|Zoom Video Communications Inc||1.04%|
|Uber Technologies Inc||0.93%|
|Blackstone Group Inc||0.83%|
|Snap Inc Class A||0.8%|
|Twilio Inc A||0.73%|
|CrowdStrike Holdings Inc Class A||0.63%|
|Marvell Technology Inc||0.6%|
VXF’s Top Holdings are Square Inc A, Zoom Video Communications Inc, Uber Technologies Inc, Moderna Inc, and Blackstone Group Inc at 1.2%, 1.04%, 0.93%, 0.9%, and 0.83%.
Snap Inc Class A (0.8%), Twilio Inc A (0.73%), and DocuSign Inc (0.68%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. CrowdStrike Holdings Inc Class A and Marvell Technology Inc are also represented in the VXF’s holdings at 0.63% and 0.6%.
|General Motors Co||3.19%|
|Micron Technology Inc||3.14%|
|Cisco Systems Inc||3.05%|
|International Business Machines Corp||2.76%|
|Ford Motor Co||2.23%|
VLUE’s Top Holdings are AT&T Inc, Intel Corp, General Motors Co, Micron Technology Inc, and Cisco Systems Inc at 7.13%, 6.14%, 3.19%, 3.14%, and 3.05%.
International Business Machines Corp (2.76%), Target Corp (2.38%), and Citigroup Inc (2.32%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Ford Motor Co and Pfizer Inc are also represented in the VLUE’s holdings at 2.23% and 2.17%.
The Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund ETF Shares (VXF) has a R-squared of 85.73 with a Treynor Ratio of 10.92 and a Beta of 1.23. Its Mean Return is 1.24 while VXF’s Standard Deviation is 18.04. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 0.79 and a Alpha of -3.26.
The iShares MSCI USA Value Factor ETF (VLUE) has a Mean Return of 0 with a Sharpe Ratio of 0 and a Standard Deviation of 0. Its Beta is 0 while VLUE’s Treynor Ratio is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a Alpha of 0 and a R-squared of 0.
VXF’s Mean Return is 1.24 points higher than that of VLUE and its R-squared is 85.73 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 18.04, VXF is slightly more volatile than VLUE. The Alpha and Beta of VXF are 3.26 points lower and 1.23 points higher than VLUE’s Alpha and Beta.
VXF had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 38.37%. VXF’s worst year over the past decade yielded -9.37% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund ETF Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2016, 2017, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 16.16%, 18.1%, and 18.48% respectively.
The year 2019 was the strongest year for VLUE, returning 27.47% on an annual basis. The poorest year for VLUE in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -11.18%. Most years the iShares MSCI USA Value Factor ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2012, 2011, and 2010, when gains were 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in VXF would have resulted in a final balance of $21,894. This is a profit of $11,894 over 7 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.47%.
With a $10,000 investment in VLUE, the end total would have been $17,247. This equates to a $7,247 profit over 7 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.91%.
VXF’s CAGR is 6.56 percentage points higher than that of VLUE and as a result, would have yielded $4,647 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VXF outperformed VLUE by 6.56% annually.
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