LANIX vs SCHB Fund Comparison

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

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Minafi's Take on LANIX vs SCHB

Here's an in depth look at the differences between QS Growth Fund Class I ($LANIX) and Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF ($SCHB).

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.

71% FI Score
  • lanix
  • Mutual Fund
  • Allocation
  • All-In-One

QS Growth Fund Class I

Expenses: 0.18% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

This is an OK choice for a All-In-One Allocation fund. See why »

92% FI Score
  • schb
  • ETF
  • US Stocks
  • Large Blend

Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF

Expenses: 0.03% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

This is a great choice for a Large Blend US Stocks fund. See why »

$LANIX is classified as a Mutual Fund while $SCHB 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

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.

Market Score 5.4 /10 9.3 /10
Category Score 5.0 /10 10.0 /10
Total 10.4 19.3

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: $SCHB

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, LANIX has an expense ratio of 0.18% while SCHB has an expense ratio of 0.03%. In this case, both of these funds have a similar fee.

Winner: $SCHB (barely)

Fund Size Comparison

One place these two funds differ is in their total assets under management. This 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.

In the case of these two funds, LANIX is a medium fund with 652 Million in assets under management. SCHB, on the other hand, is a large fund with 14.6 Billion in assets under management.

Winner: $SCHB, Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF

Which Should You Choose? LANIX or SCHB?

Comparing these two funds isn't an apples to apples comparison. LANIX is a Allocation All-In-One fund, while SCHB is a US Stocks Large Blend fund.

If you're aiming to build a diversified, low-fee, tax-optimized portfolio you likely won't be choosing between these two funds since they're different enough.

Running both of these funds through Minafi's FI Score algorithm, gives LANIX a score of 71 and SCHB a score of 92.

Winner: $SCHB, Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF


QS Growth Fund Class I


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Rating Type Rating
Expense Ratio Score 10 /10
Expense Rating 8 /10
Market Score 5 /10
Category Score 5 /10
Overview Details
Fund Type Mutual Fund
Inception Date Feb-5-1996
Exchange NMFQS
Expense Ratio 0.180%
Net Assets 652 Million
Yield 1.84%
Description Info
Market Allocation
Category All-In-One
  • Basic Materials 4.35%
  • Communication Services 8.49%
  • Consumer Cyclical 10.16%
  • Consumer Defensive 6.10%
  • Energy 5.17%
  • Financial Services 17.89%
  • Healthcare 12.17%
  • Industrials 11.88%
  • Real Estate 3.66%
  • Technology 16.43%
  • Utilities 3.70%
  • Africa/Middle East 0.40%
  • Asia Developed 4.71%
  • Asia Emerging 5.76%
  • Australasia 0.87%
  • Europe Developed 11.60%
  • Europe Emerging 0.76%
  • Japan 5.44%
  • Latin America 1.48%
  • North America 64.53%
  • United Kingdom 4.45%


Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF


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Rating Type Rating
Diversification Score 8 /10
Expense Ratio Score 10 /10
Expense Rating 10 /10
Market Score 9 /10
Category Score 10 /10
Overview Details
Fund Type ETF
Inception Date Nov-3-2009
Exchange NYSE ARCA
Expense Ratio 0.030%
Net Assets 14.6 Billion
Yield 2.00%
Description Info
Market US Stocks
Category Large Blend
  • Basic Materials 2.32%
  • Communication Services 10.16%
  • Consumer Cyclicals 10.88%
  • Consumer Defensive 6.78%
  • Energy 2.83%
  • Financial Services 13.73%
  • Healthcare 14.58%
  • Industrials 9.03%
  • Real Estate 3.96%
  • Technology 22.69%
  • Utilities 3.04%
  • Asia Developed 0.05%
  • Asia Emerging 0.10%
  • Europe Developed 0.26%
  • Europe Emerging 0.01%
  • Latin America 0.03%
  • North America 98.97%
  • United Kingdom 0.59%

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