For those who have been following along on my journey it should come as no surprise that I like investing for dividends. Receiving dividend payments motivates me to invest more. There is just something about receiving money for doing nothing. Then I reinvest the dividends and see the amount of shares I own grow. By doing this, the future income will grow which is also motivating to me. Because I like dividends so much, it makes sense that the largest position in my accounts is the Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (SCHD). In this post I will explain in detail why I invest in SCHD.
Let’s start out with the objective of the fund. Per the Charles Schwab website:
The fund’s goal is to track as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the total return of the Dow Jones U.S. Dividend 100™ Index.
- A straightforward, low-cost fund offering potential tax-efficiency
- The Fund can serve as part of the core or complement in a diversified portfolio
- Tracks an index focused on the quality and sustainability of dividends
- Invests in stocks selected for fundamental strength relative to their peers, based on financial ratios
The inception date for SCHD is 10/20/2011. The fund has almost $28B in total net assets. It has a low expense ratio of 0.06%. It is consider a large value fund by Morningstar. The fund is passively managed, hence the low expense ratio. It has roughly 100 holdings. It pays a quarterly distribution. The distribution yield at the time of this writing is around 2.85%.
Let’s take a look at the top ten holdings as listed on the Charles Schwab website:
As of Market Open 08/27/2021 Export All HoldingsView All Holdings
|Symbol||Name||Percent of Assets (%)||Market Value|
|PFE||PFIZER INC COMMON STOCK USD.05||—||$1.3B|
|CSCO||CISCO SYSTEMS INC COMMON STOCK USD.001||—||$1.2B|
|BLK||BLACKROCK INC COMMON STOCK USD.01||—||$1.2B|
|PEP||PEPSICO INC COMMON STOCK USD.017||—||$1.2B|
|AVGO||BROADCOM INC COMMON STOCK||—||$1.2B|
|HD||HOME DEPOT INC COMMON STOCK USD.05||—||$1.2B|
|MRK||MERCK + CO. INC. COMMON STOCK USD.5||—||$1.1B|
|TXN||TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC COMMON STOCK USD1.0||—||$1.1B|
|KO||COCA COLA CO/THE COMMON STOCK USD.25||—||$1.1B|
|VZ||VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC COMMON STOCK USD.1||—||$1.1B|
As you can see above, the fund invests in some quality companies. The above chart was taken from the Charles Schwab website and unfortunately, it does not show a percentage for each holding. According to Yahoo Finance, the top ten positions account for just over 40% of the fund. Each position in the top ten is roughly 4% of the fund. Let’s look at how the allocations are broken down by sector.
|Sector||Percent of Portfolio (%)|
One interesting note, at least to me, is that the fund provides a market beating yield without relying heavily on the Energy Sector to boost its yield.
SCHD has been growing its dividend for 9 years with a 5 year growth rate of 13.02% according to Seeking Alpha. This makes this fund a good fit for those looking for dividend growth. It has consistently raised its dividend and has done so at what I would consider as a very high rate. This is an investment that will compound well over years.
Now let’s see how SCHD compares to some other investments. Using portfoliovisualizer.com I compared SCHD to the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM).
|Portfolio||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR||Stdev||Best Year||Worst Year||Max. Drawdown||Sharpe Ratio||Sortino Ratio||US Mkt Correlation|
|Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF||$10,000||$39,834||15.23%||12.86%||32.89%||-5.56%||-21.54%||1.12||1.89||0.93|
|Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF||$10,000||$32,741||12.94%||12.39%||30.08%||-5.91%||-23.98%||1.00||1.57||0.93|
|SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust||$10,000||$42,328||15.95%||12.88%||32.31%||-4.56%||-19.43%||1.17||1.92||1.00|
As you can in the graph and table above, SPY beat both SCHD and VYM. SCHD did manage to remain pretty close to SPY with both having a CAGR over 15%. It performed much better than VYM.
For me, SCHD is a great investment. It aligns well with my goals. The companies it invests in are high quality companies. The distributions are above the market average. While it does underperform against the S&P 500 it is not by much. I am trying to build up income for retirement in less than 10 years. This fund will allow me to do that. It provides a nice balance of dividends that grow as well as some capital appreciation. Is SCHD a good investment for you? I don’t know. That is a question that you have to answer for yourself. I am a big believer that personal finance is personal. Everyone should establish their own plan based on their goals. I hope this provided some insight into why I invest in SCHD and why it is my largest position. As always, thanks for following along!
*Disclaimer – I am not a financial professional. The information shared here should not be considered financial advice. I am just a factory worker sharing my experience as I strive to achieve financial freedom. Before investing or making any financial decision do your own research and due diligence or consider seeking the advice of a financial and/or tax professional.
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One thought on “Why I Invest in SCHD”
SCHD has always been my favorite dividend ETF. Compared to other dividend ETFs it is always in the top 3 when looking at total return, dividend growth, expense fees, and size. Though I wouldn’t sell VYM short as it is my #2 favorite as it also has a very good dividend growth history.
The other feature I like about SCHD is it is not tech heavy.