xeqt vs veqt

XEQT vs VEQT Which is a better All-in-one ETF

In this post, we will be comparing two popular All-in-one ETFs: iShares Core Equity – XEQT vs Vanguard All-Equity – VEQT. The comparison will encompass: historical performance, management fees and allocation.

Both XEQT and VEQT have the same objective: providing long-term capital growth by investing primarily in one or more exchange-traded funds.

Why All-in-one ETFs are so popular?

Many Canadians prefer investing in ETFs because of their low management fee and diversification. ETFs now exist for every asset class and sector. The dilemma is to choose the right ones to build your portfolio. The all-in-one ETFs respond directly to this need. By buying one ETF, the investor can have exposure to various types of assets. It does not require rebalancing because the ETF manager takes care of this for you. These features make all-in-one ETFs the best ETF in Canada in 2022.

So, it’s simply a matter of choosing one and holding onto it. The all-in-one ETFs are marketed based on the investors’ tolerance to risk. There are 3 main types: Conservative, Balanced or Growth.

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XEQT vs VEQT – Allocation and MER

%MEREquityBonds
VEQT0.24100%0%
XEQT0.20100%0%
MER (Management Expense Ratio) and allocation comparison

XEQT has a lower MER. The difference is not that significant though. Both ETFs are all equity ETFs with 100% allocation.

XEQT vs VEQT – Number of holdings, AUM and Dividend yield

%Nbre of
holdings
AUMDiv
Yld
VEQT41,8661.23
XEQT41,0681.53
AUM: Asset under management in Millions / Dividend yield

XEQT and VEQT have the same number of holdings and both offer similar dividend yield and liquidity.

XEQT vs VEQT – Historical performance

%1yr2yrs3yrs
VEQT5.5053.9932.03
XEQT4.9350.46n-a
Barchart March 16th / Cumulative performance – Best ETF Canada 2022 (all in one) / XEQT vs VEQT

VEQT Vanguard All-Equity  is ahead of XEQT iShares Core Equity in terms of historical performance.

XEQT vs VEQT – Sector allocation

%XEQTVEQT
Financials19.820.4
Technology16.417.5
Industrials11.212.2
Consumer
Discretionary
9.812

Geographic allocation comparison

CountryVEQTXEQT
United States of America42.6%44.44
Canada31.1%25.43
Japan4.4%5.54
United Kingdom2.9%3.54

XEQT vs VEQT Holdings

VEQT / Weight %
U.S. Total Market Index42.62%
FTSE Canada All Cap Index31.01%
FTSE Developed All Cap ex North America Index19.05%
FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap Index7.33%

XEQTWeight
%
ISHARES CORE S&P TOTAL U.S. STOCK45.16
ISHARES S&P/TSX CAPPED COMPOSITE26.21
ISHARES MSCI EAFE IMI INDEX23.95
ISHARES CORE MSCI EMERGING MARKETS4.62

Which one to pick?

VEQT Vanguard All-Equity invests in four different ETFs managed by Vanguard. These ETFs are highly diversified and aim to capture the whole US and Canadian Market. The indexes used by Vanguard seem to offer a better coverage than those used iShares.

If we take a look at the Canadian market, Vanguard is using the FTSE Canada All Cap Index, whereas iShares is relying on the S&P/TSX Capped Composite. I personally prefer the FTSE Canada All Cap Index; I don’t see the advantage of using a capped index.

Vanguard’s VEQT invests more in emerging markets than XEQT iShares Core Equity (7.3% vs 4.6%). This further confirm Vanguard’s VEQT offers more diversification.

Considering all the above, I personally would opt for VEQT!