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XLV vs. VT: What’s The Difference?

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) and the Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VT) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. XLV is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors Health fund and VT is a Vanguard N/A fund. So, what’s the difference between XLV and VT? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of XLV is 0.04 percentage points higher than VT’s (0.12% vs. 0.08%). XLV also has a higher exposure to the healthcare sector and a lower standard deviation. Overall, XLV has provided higher returns than VT over the past ten years.

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

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Summary

XLVVT
NameHealth Care Select Sector SPDR FundVanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares
CategoryHealthN/A
IssuerSPDR State Street Global AdvisorsVanguard
AUM27.88B30.44B
Avg. Return15.02%10.42%
Div. Yield1.4%1.65%
Expense Ratio0.12%0.08%

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) is a Health fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 27.88B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 15.02% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.4% with an expense ratio of 0.12%.

The Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VT) is a N/A fund that is issued by Vanguard. It currently has 30.44B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 10.42% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.65% with an expense ratio of 0.08%.

XLV’s dividend yield is 0.25% lower than that of VT (1.4% vs. 1.65%). Also, XLV yielded on average 4.61% more per year over the past decade (15.02% vs. 10.42%). The expense ratio of XLV is 0.04 percentage points higher than VT’s (0.12% vs. 0.08%).

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Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

XLV vs. VT - Industry Exposure

XLVVT
Technology0.0%19.63%
Industrials0.0%10.7%
Energy0.0%3.48%
Communication Services0.0%9.02%
Utilities0.0%2.6%
Healthcare100.0%11.58%
Consumer Defensive0.0%6.71%
Real Estate0.0%3.64%
Financial Services0.0%15.36%
Consumer Cyclical0.0%12.32%
Basic Materials0.0%4.97%

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

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

The Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VT) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 19.63%. This is followed by Financial Services and Consumer Cyclical at 15.36% and 12.32% respectively. Energy (3.48%), Real Estate (3.64%), and Basic Materials (4.97%) only make up 12.09% of the fund’s total assets.

VT’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Communication Services, Industrials, Healthcare, and Consumer Cyclical stocks at 6.71%, 9.02%, 10.7%, 11.58%, and 12.32%.

XLV is 88.42% more exposed to the Healthcare sector than VT (100.0% vs 11.58%). XLV’s exposure to Technology and Industrials stocks is 19.63% lower and 10.70% lower respectively (0.0% vs. 19.63% and 0.0% vs. 10.7%). In total, Consumer Cyclical, Financial Services, and Real Estate also make up 31.32% less of the fund’s holdings compared to VT (0.00% vs. 31.32%).

Holdings

XLV - Holdings

XLV HoldingsWeight
Johnson & Johnson9.19%
UnitedHealth Group Inc8.01%
Pfizer Inc4.64%
Abbott Laboratories4.36%
AbbVie Inc4.21%
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc4.2%
Merck & Co Inc4.17%
Eli Lilly and Co3.87%
Danaher Corp3.61%
Medtronic PLC3.54%

XLV’s Top Holdings are Johnson & Johnson, UnitedHealth Group Inc, Pfizer Inc, Abbott Laboratories, and AbbVie Inc at 9.19%, 8.01%, 4.64%, 4.36%, and 4.21%.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (4.2%), Merck & Co Inc (4.17%), and Eli Lilly and Co (3.87%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Danaher Corp and Medtronic PLC are also represented in the XLV’s holdings at 3.61% and 3.54%.

VT - Holdings

VT HoldingsWeight
Apple Inc2.85%
Microsoft Corp2.71%
Amazon.com Inc1.98%
Facebook Inc Class A1.1%
Alphabet Inc Class A0.97%
Alphabet Inc Class C0.95%
Tesla Inc0.7%
NVIDIA Corp0.64%
JPMorgan Chase & Co0.62%
Tencent Holdings Ltd0.6%

VT’s Top Holdings are Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc Class A, and Alphabet Inc Class A at 2.85%, 2.71%, 1.98%, 1.1%, and 0.97%.

Alphabet Inc Class C (0.95%), Tesla Inc (0.7%), and NVIDIA Corp (0.64%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. JPMorgan Chase & Co and Tencent Holdings Ltd are also represented in the VT’s holdings at 0.62% and 0.6%.

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Risk Analysis

XLVVT
Mean Return1.270.9
R-squared58.1999.35
Std. Deviation12.9414.19
Alpha7.750.2
Beta0.71.01
Sharpe Ratio1.130.71
Treynor Ratio21.19.5

The Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV) has a Alpha of 7.75 with a Treynor Ratio of 21.1 and a Standard Deviation of 12.94. Its Beta is 0.7 while XLV’s R-squared is 58.19. Furthermore, the fund has a Mean Return of 1.27 and a Sharpe Ratio of 1.13.

The Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares (VT) has a Beta of 1.01 with a Alpha of 0.2 and a Mean Return of 0.9. Its Standard Deviation is 14.19 while VT’s Treynor Ratio is 9.5. Furthermore, the fund has a Sharpe Ratio of 0.71 and a R-squared of 99.35.

XLV’s Mean Return is 0.37 points higher than that of VT and its R-squared is 41.16 points lower. With a Standard Deviation of 12.94, XLV is slightly less volatile than VT. The Alpha and Beta of XLV are 7.55 points higher and 0.31 points lower than VT’s Alpha and Beta.

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Performance

Annual Returns

XLV vs. VT - Annual Returns

YearXLVVT
202013.33%16.74%
201920.63%26.8%
20186.3%-9.67%
201721.7%24.19%
2016-2.83%8.77%
20156.82%-1.88%
201425.17%3.97%
201341.24%22.98%
201217.56%17.33%
201112.44%-7.71%
20102.91%13.05%

XLV had its best year in 2013 with an annual return of 41.24%. XLV’s worst year over the past decade yielded -2.83% and occurred in 2016. In most years the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund provided moderate returns such as in 2011, 2020, and 2012 where annual returns amounted to 12.44%, 13.33%, and 17.56% respectively.

The year 2019 was the strongest year for VT, returning 26.8% on an annual basis. The poorest year for VT in the last ten years was 2018, with a yield of -9.67%. Most years the Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF Shares has given investors modest returns, such as in 2016, 2010, and 2020, when gains were 8.77%, 13.05%, and 16.74% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

XLV vs. VT - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR
XLV$10,000$44,14715.02%
VT$10,000$27,73910.42%

A $10,000 investment in XLV would have resulted in a final balance of $44,147. This is a profit of $34,147 over 11 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.02%.

With a $10,000 investment in VT, the end total would have been $27,739. This equates to a $17,739 profit over 11 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.42%.

XLV’s CAGR is 4.61 percentage points higher than that of VT and as a result, would have yielded $16,408 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, XLV outperformed VT by 4.61% annually.


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