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VYM vs. SCHX: What’s The Difference?

The Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF Shares (VYM) and the Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. VYM is a Vanguard Large Value fund and SCHX is a Schwab ETFs Large Blend fund. So, what’s the difference between VYM and SCHX? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of VYM is 0.03 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.06% vs. 0.03%). VYM also has a higher exposure to the financial services sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, VYM has provided lower returns than SCHX over the past ten years.

In this article, we’ll compare VYM vs. SCHX. We’ll look at portfolio growth and industry exposure, as well as at their performance and holdings. Moreover, I’ll also discuss VYM’s and SCHX’s fund composition, risk metrics, and annual returns and examine how these affect their overall returns.

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Summary

VYMSCHX
NameVanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF SharesSchwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF
CategoryLarge ValueLarge Blend
IssuerVanguardSchwab ETFs
AUM48.5B30.89B
Avg. Return12.20%14.60%
Div. Yield2.79%1.41%
Expense Ratio0.06%0.03%

The Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF Shares (VYM) is a Large Value fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 48.5B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 12.20% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 2.79% with an expense ratio of 0.06%.

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%.

VYM’s dividend yield is 1.38% higher than that of SCHX (2.79% vs. 1.41%). Also, VYM yielded on average 2.41% less per year over the past decade (12.20% vs. 14.60%). The expense ratio of VYM is 0.03 percentage points higher than SCHX’s (0.06% vs. 0.03%).

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Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

VYM vs. SCHX - Industry Exposure

VYMSCHX
Technology9.77%25.13%
Industrials10.14%8.65%
Energy7.12%2.72%
Communication Services5.91%11.26%
Utilities7.27%2.37%
Healthcare13.61%13.04%
Consumer Defensive14.13%5.97%
Real Estate0.02%3.13%
Financial Services22.05%13.82%
Consumer Cyclical5.57%11.63%
Basic Materials4.41%2.28%

The Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF Shares (VYM) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 22.05%. This is followed by Consumer Defensive and Healthcare at 14.13% and 13.61% respectively. Basic Materials (4.41%), Consumer Cyclical (5.57%), and Communication Services (5.91%) only make up 15.89% of the fund’s total assets.

VYM’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Energy, Utilities, Technology, Industrials, and Healthcare stocks at 7.12%, 7.27%, 9.77%, 10.14%, and 13.61%.

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%.

VYM is 8.23% more exposed to the Financial Services sector than SCHX (22.05% vs 13.82%). VYM’s exposure to Consumer Defensive and Healthcare stocks is 8.16% higher and 0.57% higher respectively (14.13% vs. 5.97% and 13.61% vs. 13.04%). In total, Basic Materials, Consumer Cyclical, and Communication Services also make up 9.28% less of the fund’s holdings compared to SCHX (15.89% vs. 25.17%).

Holdings

VYM - Holdings

VYM HoldingsWeight
JPMorgan Chase & Co3.53%
Johnson & Johnson3.28%
The Home Depot Inc2.59%
Procter & Gamble Co2.48%
Bank of America Corp2.35%
Exxon Mobil Corp2.02%
Comcast Corp Class A1.96%
Verizon Communications Inc1.75%
Intel Corp1.71%
Cisco Systems Inc1.69%

VYM’s Top Holdings are JPMorgan Chase & Co, Johnson & Johnson, The Home Depot Inc, Procter & Gamble Co, and Bank of America Corp at 3.53%, 3.28%, 2.59%, 2.48%, and 2.35%.

Exxon Mobil Corp (2.02%), Comcast Corp Class A (1.96%), and Verizon Communications Inc (1.75%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Intel Corp and Cisco Systems Inc are also represented in the VYM’s holdings at 1.71% and 1.69%.

SCHX - Holdings

SCHX HoldingsWeight
Apple Inc5.37%
Microsoft Corp5.1%
Amazon.com Inc3.69%
Facebook Inc A2.08%
Alphabet Inc A1.84%
Alphabet Inc Class C1.78%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B1.32%
Tesla Inc1.31%
NVIDIA Corp1.25%
JPMorgan Chase & Co1.18%

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%.

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Risk Analysis

VYMSCHX
Mean Return1.041.24
R-squared88.8899.83
Std. Deviation12.6913.8
Alpha-0.7-0.14
Beta0.881.02
Sharpe Ratio0.931.03
Treynor Ratio13.2414.06

The Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF Shares (VYM) has a Treynor Ratio of 13.24 with a Alpha of -0.7 and a Beta of 0.88. Its R-squared is 88.88 while VYM’s Mean Return is 1.04. Furthermore, the fund has a Standard Deviation of 12.69 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.93.

The Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF (SCHX) has a Beta of 1.02 with a Sharpe Ratio of 1.03 and a Treynor Ratio of 14.06. Its R-squared is 99.83 while SCHX’s Alpha is -0.14. Furthermore, the fund has a Standard Deviation of 13.8 and a Mean Return of 1.24.

VYM’s Mean Return is 0.20 points lower than that of SCHX and its R-squared is 10.95 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 12.69, VYM is slightly less volatile than SCHX. The Alpha and Beta of VYM are 0.56 points lower and 0.14 points lower than SCHX’s Alpha and Beta.

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Performance

Annual Returns

VYM vs. SCHX - Annual Returns

YearVYMSCHX
20201.14%20.9%
201924.2%31.4%
2018-5.87%-4.52%
201716.42%21.91%
201616.87%11.78%
20150.33%1.02%
201413.47%13.33%
201330.26%32.54%
201212.68%16.06%
201110.5%1.61%
201014.17%15.88%

VYM had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 30.26%. VYM’s worst year over the past decade yielded -5.87% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2012, 2014, and 2010 where annual returns amounted to 12.68%, 13.47%, and 14.17% 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.

Portfolio Growth

VYM vs. SCHX - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR
VYM$10,000$29,70512.20%
SCHX$10,000$36,98714.60%

A $10,000 investment in VYM would have resulted in a final balance of $29,705. This is a profit of $19,705 over 10 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.20%.

With a $10,000 investment in SCHX, the end total would have been $36,987. This equates to a $26,987 profit over 10 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.60%.

VYM’s CAGR is 2.41 percentage points lower than that of SCHX and as a result, would have yielded $7,282 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, VYM performed worse than SCHX by 2.41% annually.


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