FINVX vs FNDF Fund Comparison

A comparison between FINVX and FNDF based on their expense ratio, growth, holdings and how well they match their benchmark performance.

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Minafi's Take on FINVX vs FNDF

Here's an in depth look at the differences between Fidelity® Series International Value Fund ($FINVX) and Schwab Fundamental International Large Company Index ETF ($FNDF).

To start off, here's a look at the basics of each fund. Keep an eye on the FI Score. That's a custom score from 0 to 100 that we generate based on how good this fund is for the casual investor. Most investors only need a handful of total funds in their portfolio. The higher the score, the more likely this is one of those few. Score alone isn't enough! Keep reading on to see how different (or perhaps similar) these two funds are.

96% FI Score
  • finvx
  • Mutual Fund
  • International Stocks
  • Large Value

Fidelity® Series International Value Fund

Expenses: 0.01% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

This is a great choice for a Large Value International Stocks fund. See why »

79% FI Score
  • fndf
  • ETF
  • International Stocks
  • Large Value

Schwab Fundamental International Large Company Index ETF

Expenses: 0.25% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

This is an OK choice for a Large Value International Stocks fund. See why »

$FINVX is classified as a Mutual Fund while $FNDF is classified as an ETF. Even though one of these is a mutual fund and the other is an ETF, that doesn't matter too much for their holdings. Both ETFs and mutual funds are just containers to hold lots of investments inside of them.

The biggest differences between these two is where they may be offered. ETFs are more widely availble from a larger number of investment apps and websites. Mutual funds, on the other hand, are generally offered by the platform they're issued by (Fidelity funds on Fidelity, Vanguard funds on Vanguard). Usually 401(k)'s will offer both ETFs and Mutual Funds. If you're investing outside of a 401(k), I'd recommend you verify the fees associated with ETF and mutual fund transactions. Some platforms charge an additional fee to purchase a mutual fund.

To learn more about the difference between these two, you can read about the difference between ETFs and Mutual Funds.

When evaluating a fund, the first things I look at are:

  • What it invests in
  • How much it charges in fees
  • How large the fund is

Let's look into these criteria one by one and see if either of these funds stands out.

Fund Holdings Comparison

Both of these funds are International Stocks Large Value funds – which means they're likely both investing in about the same investments behind the scenes.

Minafi's FI Score algorithm takes into account the category and market. The more niche a fund is, the lower the score. This doesn't mean it's a worse fund, but it does mean you should stop and make sure this a fund you need to diversify your portfolio.

FINVX FNDF
Market Score 9.9 /10 9.4 /10
Category Score 8.0 /10 8.0 /10
Total 17.9 17.4

A score of 10 means this is a solid market and category that almost every investor will want to have investments in. The lower the score, the more specific the investment. These scores are based on when most investors would add these funds to their portfolio. A score of 10 means that this fund (or one like it) belongs in a three-fund portfolio. The lower the score, the farther down in your portfolio a fund would go.

Winner: $FINVX

Fee Comparison

Fees are one of the biggest killers of portfolio growth. The difference between a 2% fee and a 0.04% fee over 30 years can result in your portfolio having half the total value!

If you're just getting started investing and learning how fees impact your portfolio, I'd encourage you to read through my free investment course (specifically '2.2 - All About Fees') where I go over all the different types of fees you can be charged and how to lower them.

For these two funds, FINVX has an expense ratio of 0.01% while FNDF has an expense ratio of 0.25%. In this case, both of these funds have a similar fee.

Winner: $FINVX (barely)

Fund Size Comparison

Both FINVX and FNDF have a similar number of assets under management. FINVX has 11.7 Billion in assets under management, while FNDF has 4.3 Billion.

Minafi categorizes both of these funds as large funds. Fund size is a good indication of how many other investors trust this fund. A large fund by itself doesn't mean it's a good fund, but it is one thing to consider when figuring out how to choose the right fund.

Winner: tie

Which Should You Choose? FINVX or FNDF?

Since both of these funds are International Stocks Large Value funds, you'll most likely only need to invest in one of these funds – not both. Running both of these funds through Minafi's FI Score algorithm, gives FINVX a score of 96 and FNDF a score of 79.

In this case, one fund has a 90+ score – which the clear winner between these two.

Winner: $FINVX, Fidelity® Series International Value Fund

$FINVX

Fidelity® Series International Value Fund

96

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Ratings
Rating Type Rating
Expense Ratio Score 10 /10
Expense Rating 10 /10
Market Score 10 /10
Category Score 8 /10
Overview
Overview Details
Fund Type Mutual Fund
Inception Date Dec-3-2009
Exchange NMFQS
Expense Ratio 0.010%
Net Assets 11.7 Billion
Yield 4.52%
Holdings
Description Info
Market International Stocks
Category Large Value
Sectors
  • Basic Materials 10.02%
  • Communication Services 2.91%
  • Consumer Cyclical 6.52%
  • Consumer Defensive 1.71%
  • Energy 7.91%
  • Financial Services 30.57%
  • Healthcare 13.15%
  • Industrials 10.13%
  • Real Estate 2.32%
  • Technology 11.92%
  • Utilities 2.85%
Regions
  • Asia Developed 2.60%
  • Asia Emerging 0.62%
  • Australasia 1.88%
  • Europe Developed 49.25%
  • Japan 28.74%
  • North America 2.01%
  • United Kingdom 14.89%

$FNDF

Schwab Fundamental International Large Company Index ETF

79

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Ratings
Rating Type Rating
Diversification Score 5 /10
Expense Ratio Score 10 /10
Expense Rating 8 /10
Market Score 9 /10
Category Score 8 /10
Overview
Overview Details
Fund Type ETF
Inception Date Aug-15-2013
Exchange NYSE ARCA
Expense Ratio 0.250%
Net Assets 4.3 Billion
Yield 4.00%
Holdings
Description Info
Market International Stocks
Category Large Value
Sectors
  • Basic Materials 9.13%
  • Communication Services 6.71%
  • Consumer Cyclicals 13.53%
  • Consumer Defensive 8.94%
  • Energy 8.67%
  • Financial Services 17.34%
  • Healthcare 7.12%
  • Industrials 14.23%
  • Real Estate 1.45%
  • Technology 7.42%
  • Utilities 5.46%
Regions
  • Africa/Middle East 0.24%
  • Asia Developed 8.66%
  • Asia Emerging 0.18%
  • Australasia 5.53%
  • Europe Developed 37.61%
  • Europe Emerging 0.28%
  • Japan 26.38%
  • North America 6.80%
  • United Kingdom 14.31%

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