What’s The Best S&P 500 ETF?

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October 8, 2018 6:26am NYSE:IVV

From Jill Mislinski: The S&P 500 index is arguably the most well-known worldwide. It is based on the market cap of the 500 largest companies in the U.S. The first-ever ETF, introduced in 1989, hoped to mimic the index, but was short-lived due to a lawsuit. 


Several S&P 500 ETFs have been brought to market since, and we show their performance, as well as the tracking error relative to the S&P 500 Total Return Index (which assumes reinvestment of dividends).

The S&P 500 ETFs tracked here include State Street Global Advisors’ SPDR (SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV), and Vanguard’s S&P 500 ETF (VOO). The first chart presents the trailing twelve-month price return for SPY (IVV and VOO are almost identical). Figures are through September month-end.

Here is the YTD return for all three including their average, now at 10.37% – note the close tracking, as expected.

Finally, here is a table listing each ETF’s tracking error, expense ratio, and YTD return.

Check back in early January 2019 for the Q4 2018 and December month-end update.


The iShares S&P 500 Index ETF (IVV) fell $0.65 (-0.22%) in premarket trading Monday. Year-to-date, IVV has gained 8.33%.

IVV currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #2 of 152 ETFs in the Large Cap Blend ETFs category.


This article is brought to you courtesy of Advisor Perspectives.


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