The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) and the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. XLK is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors Technology fund and SHY is a iShares Short Government fund. So, what’s the difference between XLK and SHY? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of XLK is 0.03 percentage points lower than SHY’s (0.12% vs. 0.15%). XLK also has a high exposure to the technology sector while SHY is mostly comprised of AAA bonds. Overall, XLK has provided higher returns than SHY over the past ten years.
In this article, we’ll compare XLK vs. SHY. We’ll look at industry exposure and portfolio growth, as well as at their performance and annual returns. Moreover, I’ll also discuss XLK’s and SHY’s holdings, risk metrics, and fund composition and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund||iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF|
|Issuer||SPDR State Street Global Advisors||iShares|
The Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) is a Technology fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 42.3B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 20.02% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.73% with an expense ratio of 0.12%.
The iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) is a Short Government fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 19.51B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 1.27% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.46% with an expense ratio of 0.15%.
XLK’s dividend yield is 0.27% higher than that of SHY (0.73% vs. 0.46%). Also, XLK yielded on average 18.75% more per year over the past decade (20.02% vs. 1.27%). The expense ratio of XLK is 0.03 percentage points lower than SHY’s (0.12% vs. 0.15%).
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|Visa Inc Class A||3.95%|
|PayPal Holdings Inc||3.42%|
|Mastercard Inc A||3.19%|
|Cisco Systems Inc||2.23%|
XLK’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, NVIDIA Corp, Visa Inc Class A, and PayPal Holdings Inc at 21.45%, 20.37%, 4.98%, 3.95%, and 3.42%.
Mastercard Inc A (3.19%), Adobe Inc (2.8%), and Salesforce.com Inc (2.26%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Intel Corp and Cisco Systems Inc are also represented in the XLK’s holdings at 2.26% and 2.23%.
|SHY Bond Sectors||Weight|
SHY’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of AAA, Others, Below B, B, and BB at 99.67%, 0.33%, 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 Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) has a R-squared of 73.56 with a Mean Return of 1.7 and a Standard Deviation of 15.58. Its Alpha is 10.43 while XLK’s Sharpe Ratio is 1.27. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 21.44 and a Beta of 0.95.
The iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) has a Alpha of -0.03 with a Mean Return of 0.09 and a Beta of 0.18. Its Standard Deviation is 0.89 while SHY’s R-squared is 39.11. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 0.54 and a Treynor Ratio of 2.6.
XLK’s Mean Return is 1.61 points higher than that of SHY and its R-squared is 34.45 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 15.58, XLK is slightly more volatile than SHY. The Alpha and Beta of XLK are 10.46 points higher and 0.77 points higher than SHY’s Alpha and Beta.
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XLK had its best year in 2019 with an annual return of 49.97%. XLK’s worst year over the past decade yielded -1.56% and occurred in 2018. In most years the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund provided moderate returns such as in 2016, 2012, and 2014 where annual returns amounted to 14.81%, 15.47%, and 17.75% respectively.
The year 2019 was the strongest year for SHY, returning 3.42% on an annual basis. The poorest year for SHY in the last ten years was 2013, with a yield of 0.23%. Most years the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2014, 2016, and 2011, when gains were 0.48%, 0.75%, and 1.43% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in XLK would have resulted in a final balance of $67,790. This is a profit of $57,790 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.02%.
With a $10,000 investment in SHY, the end total would have been $11,486. This equates to a $1,486 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.27%.
XLK’s CAGR is 18.75 percentage points higher than that of SHY and as a result, would have yielded $56,304 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, XLK outperformed SHY by 18.75% annually.
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