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XLF vs. MTUM: What’s The Difference?

The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) and the iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (MTUM) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. XLF is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors Financial fund and MTUM is a iShares Large Growth fund. So, what’s the difference between XLF and MTUM? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of XLF is 0.03 percentage points lower than MTUM’s (0.12% vs. 0.15%). XLF also has a higher exposure to the financial services sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, XLF has provided lower returns than MTUM over the past ten years.

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

Summary

XLFMTUM
NameFinancial Select Sector SPDR FundiShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF
CategoryFinancialLarge Growth
IssuerSPDR State Street Global AdvisorsiShares
AUM40.81B14.53B
Avg. Return12.17%17.37%
Div. Yield1.57%0.44%
Expense Ratio0.12%0.15%

The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) is a Financial fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 40.81B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 12.17% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.57% with an expense ratio of 0.12%.

The iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (MTUM) is a Large Growth fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 14.53B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 17.37% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.44% with an expense ratio of 0.15%.

XLF’s dividend yield is 1.13% higher than that of MTUM (1.57% vs. 0.44%). Also, XLF yielded on average 5.20% less per year over the past decade (12.17% vs. 17.37%). The expense ratio of XLF is 0.03 percentage points lower than MTUM’s (0.12% vs. 0.15%).

Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

XLF vs. MTUM - Industry Exposure

XLFMTUM
Technology0.0%15.24%
Industrials0.0%12.47%
Energy0.0%1.77%
Communication Services0.0%13.18%
Utilities0.0%0.19%
Healthcare0.0%6.41%
Consumer Defensive0.0%2.88%
Real Estate0.0%0.43%
Financial Services100.0%34.32%
Consumer Cyclical0.0%9.96%
Basic Materials0.0%3.15%

The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 100.0%. This is followed by Technology and Industrials at 0.0% and 0.0% respectively. Consumer Cyclical (0.0%), Real Estate (0.0%), and Consumer Defensive (0.0%) only make up 0.00% of the fund’s total assets.

XLF’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Healthcare, Utilities, Communication Services, Energy, and Industrials stocks at 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0%.

The iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (MTUM) has the most exposure to the Financial Services sector at 34.32%. This is followed by Technology and Communication Services at 15.24% and 13.18% respectively. Real Estate (0.43%), Energy (1.77%), and Consumer Defensive (2.88%) only make up 5.08% of the fund’s total assets.

MTUM’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Basic Materials, Healthcare, Consumer Cyclical, Industrials, and Communication Services stocks at 3.15%, 6.41%, 9.96%, 12.47%, and 13.18%.

XLF is 65.68% more exposed to the Financial Services sector than MTUM (100.0% vs 34.32%). XLF’s exposure to Technology and Industrials stocks is 15.24% lower and 12.47% lower respectively (0.0% vs. 15.24% and 0.0% vs. 12.47%). In total, Consumer Cyclical, Real Estate, and Consumer Defensive also make up 13.27% less of the fund’s holdings compared to MTUM (0.00% vs. 13.27%).

Holdings

XLF - Holdings

XLF HoldingsWeight
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B12.83%
JPMorgan Chase & Co11.47%
Bank of America Corp7.57%
Wells Fargo & Co4.56%
Citigroup Inc3.56%
Morgan Stanley3.32%
Goldman Sachs Group Inc3.15%
BlackRock Inc3.02%
Charles Schwab Corp2.66%
American Express Co2.62%

XLF’s Top Holdings are Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America Corp, Wells Fargo & Co, and Citigroup Inc at 12.83%, 11.47%, 7.57%, 4.56%, and 3.56%.

Morgan Stanley (3.32%), Goldman Sachs Group Inc (3.15%), and BlackRock Inc (3.02%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Charles Schwab Corp and American Express Co are also represented in the XLF’s holdings at 2.66% and 2.62%.

MTUM - Holdings

MTUM HoldingsWeight
Tesla Inc5.63%
The Walt Disney Co4.39%
JPMorgan Chase & Co4.35%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B4.34%
Bank of America Corp3.81%
PayPal Holdings Inc3.76%
Wells Fargo & Co3.05%
Applied Materials Inc3.05%
Moderna Inc2.89%
Alphabet Inc Class C2.84%

MTUM’s Top Holdings are Tesla Inc, The Walt Disney Co, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B, and Bank of America Corp at 5.63%, 4.39%, 4.35%, 4.34%, and 3.81%.

PayPal Holdings Inc (3.76%), Wells Fargo & Co (3.05%), and Applied Materials Inc (3.05%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Moderna Inc and Alphabet Inc Class C are also represented in the MTUM’s holdings at 2.89% and 2.84%.

Risk Analysis

XLFMTUM
Mean Return1.210
R-squared73.260
Std. Deviation18.860
Alpha2.630
Beta1.150
Sharpe Ratio0.740
Treynor Ratio11.250

The Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) has a R-squared of 73.26 with a Mean Return of 1.21 and a Alpha of 2.63. Its Standard Deviation is 18.86 while XLF’s Treynor Ratio is 11.25. Furthermore, the fund has a Beta of 1.15 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.74.

The iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (MTUM) has a R-squared of 0 with a Alpha of 0 and a Beta of 0. Its Mean Return is 0 while MTUM’s Standard Deviation is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 0 and a Treynor Ratio of 0.

XLF’s Mean Return is 1.21 points higher than that of MTUM and its R-squared is 73.26 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 18.86, XLF is slightly more volatile than MTUM. The Alpha and Beta of XLF are 2.63 points higher and 1.15 points higher than MTUM’s Alpha and Beta.

Performance

Annual Returns

XLF vs. MTUM - Annual Returns

YearXLFMTUM
2020-1.68%29.69%
201931.88%27.57%
2018-13.09%-1.77%
201722.03%37.6%
201622.55%4.89%
2015-1.6%9.12%
201415.02%14.48%
201335.37%0.0%
201228.53%0.0%
2011-17.16%0.0%
201011.97%0.0%

XLF had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 35.37%. XLF’s worst year over the past decade yielded -17.16% and occurred in 2011. In most years the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund provided moderate returns such as in 2010, 2014, and 2017 where annual returns amounted to 11.97%, 15.02%, and 22.03% respectively.

The year 2017 was the strongest year for MTUM, returning 37.6% on an annual basis. The poorest year for MTUM in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -1.77%. Most years the iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2010, 2016, and 2015, when gains were 0.0%, 4.89%, and 9.12% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

XLF vs. MTUM - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR
XLF$10,000$19,07312.17%
MTUM$10,000$29,30117.37%

A $10,000 investment in XLF would have resulted in a final balance of $19,073. This is a profit of $9,073 over 7 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.17%.

With a $10,000 investment in MTUM, the end total would have been $29,301. This equates to a $19,301 profit over 7 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.37%.

XLF’s CAGR is 5.20 percentage points lower than that of MTUM and as a result, would have yielded $10,228 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, XLF performed worse than MTUM by 5.20% annually.


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