Looking for broad exposure to the Large Cap Value segment of the US equity market? You should consider the Schwab U.S. LargeCap Value ETF (SCHV), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 12/11/2009.
The fund is sponsored by Charles Schwab. It has amassed assets over $10.23 billion, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Value segment of the US equity market.
Why Large Cap Value
Large cap companies typically have a market capitalization above $10 billion. Considered a more stable option, large cap companies boast more predictable cash flows and are less volatile than their mid and small cap counterparts.
While value stocks have lower than average price-to-earnings and price-to-book ratios, they also have lower than average sales and earnings growth rates. Considering long-term performance, value stocks have outperformed growth stocks in almost all markets; however, they are more likely to underperform growth stocks in strong bull markets.
Expense ratios are an important factor in the return of an ETF and in the long term, cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts, other things remaining the same.
Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.04%, making it the least expensive products in the space.
It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.22%.
Sector Exposure and Top Holdings
Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure which minimizes single stock risk, it is still important to look into a fund’s holdings before investing. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.
This ETF has heaviest allocation to the Financials sector–about 15.90% of the portfolio. Healthcare and Industrials round out the top three.
Looking at individual holdings, Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B (BRKB) accounts for about 2.55% of total assets, followed by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM).
The top 10 holdings account for about 16.55% of total assets under management.
Performance and Risk
SCHV seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones U.S. Large-Cap Value Total Stock Market Index before fees and expenses. The Dow Jones U.S. Large-Cap Value Total Stock Market Index is a float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index containing the large-cap value portion of the Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index.
The ETF has lost about -5.21% so far this year and is down about -3.13% in the last one year (as of 11/24/2022). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $58.51 and $74.19.
The ETF has a beta of 0.95 and standard deviation of 24.52% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 533 holdings, it effectively diversifies company-specific risk.
Schwab U.S. LargeCap Value ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, SCHV is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Style Box – Large Cap Value segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.
The iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD) and the Vanguard Value ETF (VTV) track a similar index. While iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF has $55.23 billion in assets, Vanguard Value ETF has $107.01 billion. IWD has an expense ratio of 0.18% and VTV charges 0.04%.
Passively managed ETFs are becoming increasingly popular with institutional as well as retail investors due to their low cost, transparency, flexibility and tax efficiency. They are excellent vehicles for long term investors.
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