The Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VXUS) and the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VXUS is a Vanguard Foreign Large Blend fund and SCHX is a Schwab ETFs Large Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between VXUS and SCHX? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of VXUS is 0.05 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.08% vs. 0.03%). VXUS also has a higher exposure to the financial services sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, VXUS has provided lower returns than SCHX over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare VXUS vs. SCHX. We’ll look at holdings and portfolio growth, as well as at their industry exposure and performance. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VXUS’s and SCHX’s risk metrics, fund composition, and annual returns and examine how these affect their overall returns.
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|Name||Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF Shares||Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF|
|Category||Foreign Large Blend||Large Blend|
The Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VXUS) is a Foreign Large Blend fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 404.73B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 8.41% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 2.44% with an expense ratio of 0.08%.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) is a Large Blend fund that is issued by Schwab ETFs. It currently has 30.89B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 14.60% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.41% with an expense ratio of 0.03%.
VXUS’s dividend yield is 1.03% higher than that of SCHX (2.44% vs. 1.41%). Also, VXUS yielded on average 6.20% less per year over the past decade (8.41% vs. 14.60%). The expense ratio of VXUS is 0.05 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.08% vs. 0.03%).
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The Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VXUS) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 17.64%. This is followed by Technology and Industrials at 13.07% and 12.94% respectively. Real Estate (3.79%), Energy (4.55%), and Communication Services (7.06%) only make up 15.40% of the fund’s total assets.
VXUS’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Basic Materials, Healthcare, Consumer Cyclical, and Industrials stocks at 7.83%, 8.37%, 9.19%, 12.64%, and 12.94%.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 25.13%. This is followed by Financial Services and Healthcare at 13.82% and 13.04% respectively. Utilities (2.37%), Energy (2.72%), and Real Estate (3.13%) only make up 8.22% of the fund’s total assets.
SCHX’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Communication Services, Consumer Cyclical, and Healthcare stocks at 5.97%, 8.65%, 11.26%, 11.63%, and 13.04%.
VXUS is 3.82% more exposed to the Financial Services sector than SCHX (17.64% vs 13.82%). VXUS’s exposure to Technology and Industrials stocks is 12.06% lower and 4.29% higher respectively (13.07% vs. 25.13% and 12.94% vs. 8.65%). In total, Real Estate, Energy, and Communication Services also make up 1.71% less of the fund’s holdings compared to SCHX (15.40% vs. 17.11%).
|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd||1.62%|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd||1.41%|
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Ordinary Shares||1.26%|
|Samsung Electronics Co Ltd||1.05%|
|ASML Holding NV||0.86%|
|Roche Holding AG||0.81%|
|Toyota Motor Corp||0.67%|
|LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE||0.61%|
VXUS’s Top Holdings are Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Ordinary Shares, Nestle SA, and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd at 1.62%, 1.41%, 1.26%, 1.1%, and 1.05%.
ASML Holding NV (0.86%), Roche Holding AG (0.81%), and Toyota Motor Corp (0.67%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE and Novartis AG are also represented in the VXUS’s holdings at 0.61% and 0.6%.
|Facebook Inc A||2.08%|
|Alphabet Inc A||1.84%|
|Alphabet Inc Class C||1.78%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B||1.32%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||1.18%|
SCHX’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc A, and Alphabet Inc A at 5.37%, 5.1%, 3.69%, 2.08%, and 1.84%.
Alphabet Inc Class C (1.78%), Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (1.32%), and Tesla Inc (1.31%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. NVIDIA Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co are also represented in the SCHX’s holdings at 1.25% and 1.18%.
The Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VXUS) has a Sharpe Ratio of 0.4 with a R-squared of 98.39 and a Standard Deviation of 15.12. Its Beta is 0.99 while VXUS’s Treynor Ratio is 5.14. Furthermore, the fund has a Mean Return of 0.56 and a Alpha of 0.31.
The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has a Standard Deviation of 13.8 with a Beta of 1.02 and a Sharpe Ratio of 1.03. Its Alpha is -0.14 while SCHX’s R-squared is 99.83. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 14.06 and a Mean Return of 1.24.
VXUS’s Mean Return is 0.68 points lower than that of SCHX and its R-squared is 1.44 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 15.12, VXUS is slightly more volatile than SCHX. The Alpha and Beta of VXUS are 0.45 points higher and 0.03 points lower than SCHX’s Alpha and Beta.
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VXUS had its best year in 2017 with an annual return of 27.52%. VXUS’s worst year over the past decade yielded -14.42% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2010, 2016, and 2020 where annual returns amounted to 0.0%, 4.72%, and 11.32% respectively.
The year 2013 was the strongest year for SCHX, returning 32.54% on an annual basis. The poorest year for SCHX in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -4.52%. Most years the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2010, and 2012, when gains were 13.33%, 15.88%, and 16.06% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in VXUS would have resulted in a final balance of $19,315. This is a profit of $9,315 over 9 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.41%.
With a $10,000 investment in SCHX, the end total would have been $36,401. This equates to a $26,401 profit over 9 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.60%.
VXUS’s CAGR is 6.20 percentage points lower than that of SCHX and as a result, would have yielded $17,086 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VXUS performed worse than SCHX by 6.20% annually.
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