What are the top 3 ETFs in the Mega cap category?

Earlier we read about top three ETFs in small cap category. In this article, we will look into the top three ETFs in mega cap category. However, before that, let’s understand what mega cap is.

What exactly is Mega-Cap? 

As measured by market capitalization, the largest corporations in the financial universe are mega-cap.  

Mega-cap firms have a market capitalization of more than $200 billion, and the exact criteria vary depending on market conditions. Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), and Meta (FB), previously Facebook, are just a few of the companies that have significant brand awareness and operate in large regions around the world. 

Overview of Mega Cap

Mega-cap stocks often hold a substantial impact in various industry sectors due to the sheer size and volume of sales of goods and services in a given period.  

For example, Apple has a market worth over $2 trillion due to continuing iPhone sales strength. Amazon has reached new highs thanks to the success of its retail operations and web services, and Facebook has renamed itself Meta to reflect its future focus.  

Currently, there are roughly a dozen businesses listed on the New York Stock Exchange with market capitalizations exceeding $300 billion, most of which are in the technology industry. 

The top three ETFs in mega cap category 

Rank ETF
1 iShares Global 100 ETF 
2 Vanguard Mega Cap Growth ETF 
3 iShares Russell Top 200 ETF 

iShares Global 100 ETF 


IOO’s parent index, the S&P Global 1200, aims to provide market-cap-weighted coverage to 100 of the world’s largest multinational companies. It lands firmly in the mega-cap rather than the large-cap area.  

The fund completely avoids midcaps. It has some sector and geographic tilts due to its focus on mega-caps and the avoidance of emerging economies outside Korea.  

Index tracks the performance of significant blue-chip corporations with international exposure. Companies must receive a substantial amount of their revenue and holdings from many countries to be deemed global.  

Rejigging of the index is done every three months, beginning in March. The MSCI ESG Fund Rating of AAA for the iShares Global 100 ETF 8.60 out of 10.  

The MSCI ESG Fund Rating assesses a portfolio’s long-term resistance to risks and opportunities posed by environmental, social, and governance variables. 

Performance [as of 03/02/22]1 year3 years5 years10 years
S&P Global 100 Index15.46%18.50%14.95%11.52%
IOO Top 10 Countries exposure 
IOO top 10 countries in mega cap
 IOO Top 10 Holdings 
IOO top 10 holdings in mega cap
IOO details 
Expense Ratio0.40%
YTD Return-5.52%
Number of Holdings104
Avg. Spread ($)$0.07
Average Daily $ Volume$18.12M

Vanguard Mega Cap Growth ETF 


MGK targets the biggest growth businesses in the United States. It looks for companies with six growth characteristics: future long-term EPS growth, future short-term EPS growth, three-year historical EPS growth, three-year historical sales per share growth, current investment-to-assets ratio, and return on assets.  

Combining all these six growth variables is used to score and rank securities. MGK delivers market-like exposure by having the same capitalization size split as its index and similar sector weighting. 

MGK, like all Vanguard ETFs, only publishes its holdings once a month. The MSCI ESG Fund Rating for Vanguard Mega Cap Growth ETF is AA, based on 8.19 out of 10. 

Performance [as of 03/02/22]1 year3 years5 years10 years

The fund invests entirely in the USA. 

Top 10 holdings MGK
Top 10 holdings MGK in mega cap ETFs
MGK details 
Expense Ratio0.07%
YTD Return-13.51%
Number of Holdings111
Avg. Spread ($)$0.07
Average Daily $ Volume$105.49M

iShares Russell Top 200 ETF 


IWL provides a broad range of large-cap exposure. This simple fund invests in the top 200 US companies in the Russell 3000 Index, weighted by market capitalization.  

The fund’s portfolio has adequate allocations to household brands, representing around 68% of the US equities market. IWL is notable for having a somewhat skewed exposure at the top, as its focus on the top 200 stocks excludes large caps from the bottom.  

Fund employs a representative sampling indexing approach rather than copying the index. Every year, the index is recreated and rebalanced. The MSCI ESG Fund Rating for the iShares Russell Top 200 ETF is AA, with a score of 7.78 out of 10 

Performance [as of 03/02/22]1 year3 years5 years10 years
Russell Top 20014.81%19.33%16.09%15.16%

The fund invests entirely in the USA.

Top 10 holdings IWL
three ETFs in mega cap category
IWL details 
Expense Ratio0.15%
YTD Return-8.05%
Number of Holdings201
Avg. Spread ($)$0.05
Average Daily $ Volume$14.09M

One should look out at these ETFs before investing in the mega-cap category in the USA.

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