SPYV vs VDVIX Fund Comparison

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

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Minafi's Take on SPYV vs VDVIX

Here's an in depth look at the differences between SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Value ETF ($SPYV) and Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund Investor Shares ($VDVIX).

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.

87% FI Score
  • spyv
  • ETF
  • US Stocks
  • Large Value

SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Value ETF

Expenses: 0.04% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

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

93% FI Score
  • vdvix
  • Mutual Fund
  • International Stocks
  • Large Blend

Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund Investor Shares

Expenses: 0.16% (Better than 1% of similar funds)

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

$SPYV is classified as an ETF while $VDVIX is classified as a Mutual Fund. 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 8.4 /10 9.9 /10
Category Score 8.0 /10 10.0 /10
Total 16.4 19.9

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: $VDVIX

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, SPYV has an expense ratio of 0.04% while VDVIX has an expense ratio of 0.16%. In this case, both of these funds have a similar fee.

Winner: $SPYV (barely)

Fund Size Comparison

Both SPYV and VDVIX have a similar number of assets under management. SPYV has 4.51 Billion in assets under management, while VDVIX has 115 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? SPYV or VDVIX?

Comparing these two funds isn't an apples to apples comparison. SPYV is a US Stocks Large Value fund, while VDVIX is a International 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 SPYV a score of 87 and VDVIX a score of 93.

Winner: $VDVIX, Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund Investor Shares


SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Value ETF


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Rating Type Rating
Diversification Score 8 /10
Expense Ratio Score 10 /10
Expense Rating 10 /10
Market Score 8 /10
Category Score 8 /10
Overview Details
Fund Type ETF
Inception Date Sep-25-2000
Exchange NYSE ARCA
Expense Ratio 0.040%
Net Assets 4.51 Billion
Yield 2.81%
Description Info
Market US Stocks
Category Large Value
  • Basic Materials 2.38%
  • Communication Services 7.95%
  • Consumer Cyclicals 5.46%
  • Consumer Defensive 10.62%
  • Energy 6.13%
  • Financial Services 19.02%
  • Healthcare 20.46%
  • Industrials 9.84%
  • Real Estate 3.25%
  • Technology 8.19%
  • Utilities 6.70%
  • Asia Developed 0.04%
  • Europe Developed 0.54%
  • Europe Emerging 0.03%
  • North America 98.73%
  • United Kingdom 0.65%


Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund Investor Shares


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Rating Type Rating
Expense Ratio Score 9 /10
Expense Rating 8 /10
Market Score 10 /10
Category Score 10 /10
Overview Details
Fund Type Mutual Fund
Inception Date Aug-17-1999
Exchange NMFQS
Expense Ratio 0.160%
Net Assets 115 Billion
Yield 3.31%
Description Info
Market International Stocks
Category Large Blend
  • Basic Materials 7.33%
  • Communication Services 5.76%
  • Consumer Cyclical 9.97%
  • Consumer Defensive 9.89%
  • Energy 5.38%
  • Financial Services 18.35%
  • Healthcare 11.00%
  • Industrials 15.27%
  • Real Estate 4.06%
  • Technology 9.29%
  • Utilities 3.72%
  • Africa/Middle East 0.54%
  • Asia Developed 8.17%
  • Asia Emerging 0.40%
  • Australasia 6.18%
  • Europe Developed 39.10%
  • Europe Emerging 0.62%
  • Japan 21.67%
  • Latin America 0.01%
  • North America 9.65%
  • United Kingdom 13.66%

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