The main difference between XIC and VCN is that XIC largely replicates the performance of the S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index while VCN seeks to replicate the performance of the FTSE Canada All Cap Domestic Index.
The iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF (XIC) was launched in February 2001 and replicates the performance of the largest Canadian stock index, i.e., the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).
Advertised as a long-term core holding, XIC offers exposure to a significant portion of Canadian equity markets within a single security.
XIC is ideal for young and middle-aged investors with a longer time horizon for goals such as retirement and a bullish view of the Canadian economy.
With financial institutions comprising of nearly 30% of the overall exposure, XIC is also beneficial for investors seeking a balance of capital gains growth with strong, reliable dividend yields.
As of October 31, 2023, the ETF had $8.3 billion in assets under management.
Since its inception, the XIC ETF has delivered 6.42% annualized returns with a 3-year return of 9.82%.
The Vanguard FTSE Canada All-Cap Index ETF measures and tracks returns of large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap stocks that are publicly traded in the Canadian market.
Similar to its XIC counterpart, the ETF’s sector exposure is largely weighted towards financials, energy, materials, and industrials.
However the percentages look slightly different as the VCN ETF covers a broader range of equities than the TSX-focused XIC.
As of October 31, 2023, the ETF had delivered 7.00% annualized returns since inception with a 5-year return of 7.84%.
Performance: XIC vs. VCN
XIC Annualized Performance (as of October 31, 2023):
- 3-Year: 9.82%
- 5-Year: 7.96%
- 10-Year: 6.67%
- Since inception: 6.42%
VCN Annualized Performance (as of October 31, 2023):
- 3-Year: 10.33%
- 5-Year: 7.84
- 10-Year: 6.49%
- Since inception: 7.00%
XIC offers a Management Expense Ratio (MER) of 0.06% which is largely comprised of its 0.05% management fee.
VCN offers a Management Expense Ratio (MER) and management fee of 0.05%.
Below are the top holdings within both XIC and VCN:
- Royal Bank of Canada (5.80%)
- Toronto Dominion (5.37%)
- Shopify (3.87%)
- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (3.44%)
- Enbridge Inc. (3.37%)
- Canadian National Railway (3.22%)
- Canadian Pacific (3.16%)
- Bank of Montreal (2.76%)
- Bank of Nova Scotia (2.53%)
- Brookfield (2.29%)
As of November 17, 2023
- Royal Bank of Canada (5.93%)
- Toronto-Dominion Bank (5.44%)
- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (3.64%)
- Enbridge Inc. (3.63%)
- Canadian Pacific (3.53%)
- Canadian National Railway Co. (3.30%)
- Shopify (2.88%)
- Bank of Montreal (2.87%)
- Bank of Nova Scotia (2.59%)
- Brookfield (2.34%)
As of October 31, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does VCN pay a dividend?
Yes, VCN pays a quarterly dividend.
- Is VCN a good ETF?
VCN can be a good ETF for an investor seeking broad exposure to a large spectrum of Canadian equities. Before investing in VCN, it is worth assessing the underlying equity exposures and checking the MER to ensure that it fits within your investment criteria and objectives.
- Who owns XIC?
XIC is part of the iShares fund family that is owned by BlackRock Inc.