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Read to know more on why we chose VOO instead of SPY in our core portfolio.
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VOO — is Vanguard S&P 500 ETF
SPY — is SPDR S&P 500 ETF
One may choose SPY or VOO, nothing wrong with either of the ETFs. Let’s dig a bit into reasoning my choice of VOO instead of SPY. Investing in VOO, you may get astonished by the difference in returns. VOO offers about $20,000 more for $100,000 invested for over 30 years.
SPY vs. VOO — The Ultimate Verdict:
Many investors think both SPY & VOO are the same. While it is true that they both track the S&P 500 index, some minor differences lead to marginal better returns.
Expense Ratio: VOO has an expense ratio of 0.03%, whereas SPY is about 0.0945%. While many may say the expense ratio is too small to talk about → for a long-term passive investor like me, it makes a difference.
Let’s assume we invest $100K for over 30 years and take the average return of about 9% per year; the expenses compound along with the returns. In this case, If $100K were invested in SPY and VOO, it would have become $1.18 million and $1.20 million, respectively, over 30 years (dividends not included). The difference in expenses would be around $8.5K. Thus, as a long-term passive investor, my choice is VOO which has a lower expense ratio for the same holdings. Here is the calculation for your easy reference.
Source: Author’s calculation based on some assumptions. Calculations are not CAGR.
Assets Under Management (AUM): SPY, being the oldest, has almost twice the AUM compared with VOO.
Volume: SPY $volume is exponentially higher than VOO. Thus, if you are a trader or hedging existing positions or an options trader, then SPY may be of better use.
Performance Comparison: Both VOO and SPY have offered similar returns; however, upon a closer look, VOO offers slightly better returns which could be due to the lower expense ratio.
Holdings: SPY and VOO hold almost a similar number of stocks, however, with a slight change in weight over individual stocks. The top 10 holdings are identical except for a subtle shift in weight %.
Conclusion: If you are a trader or a short-term investor, SPY may meet your needs as the trading volume / bid-ask spread is good for the short term. If you choose to invest like us for the long term and stay passive, we decide to go with VOO.