Here’s How Much Nvidia Stock You Own in Your S&P 500 Index Fund. Do You Want More, or Less?

Weighted index funds like those that invest in the S&P 500 have more exposure to megacap tech stocks than you might think. Read More...

Weighted index funds like those that invest in the S&P 500 have more exposure to megacap tech stocks than you might think.

How much of the S&P 500 does Nvidia (NVDA -3.22%) make up and how exposed are you through your S&P 500 index fund? Theoretically, all S&P 500 index funds should have the same proportions of assets invested in each stock, so let’s take a look at the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO -0.22%).

I won’t keep you in suspense. According to Vanguard’s website, the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF has 6.1% of its assets invested in Nvidia stock.

One caveat is that this data is as of May 31 and the price of Nvidia is up by about 15% since that time, through June 21. Since the S&P 500 is a weighted index, this implies that the concentration of Nvidia in S&P 500 index funds could be significantly higher than the latest portfolio data indicates by the time the end-of-June updates are revealed. Based on a 15% gain in the stock, this means the likely allocation is about 7%.

What to do if you want more exposure to Nvidia?

If you believe in Nvidia as an excellent long-term investment and want more exposure, the obvious way to get it is to buy the stock directly. However, owning individual stocks isn’t right for everyone, so let’s look at a couple of ways you can accomplish this in the ETF world.

As one option, you can choose a more tech-focused index fund. The Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ -0.27%) is one example. The ETF tracks the Nasdaq 100 index, and as of June 18 had a significantly higher 8.69% Nvidia allocation.

Another option is the Roundhill Investments Magnificent Seven ETF (MAGS -0.31%), which has exposure to Nvidia as well the other six mega-cap tech stocks. This fund offers equal-weight exposure to Apple (AAPL -1.04%), Amazon.com (AMZN 1.60%), Meta Platforms (META -1.38%), Tesla (TSLA 0.79%), Microsoft (MSFT 0.92%), Alphabet (GOOGL 1.89%) (GOOG 1.44%), and of course, Nvidia. This implies that about 14.3% of the fund will be allocated to Nvidia at any given time, although it can fluctuate a bit in the short term.

What to do if you want less exposure?

On the other hand, let’s say that having 7% of your money invested in Nvidia is a little too much for your comfort zone. Here are three ETF alternatives that can help you reduce your exposure.

If you still want S&P 500 exposure but without the mega-cap concentration, the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (EWI -0.99%) could be a great fit. It divides investors’ money evenly among the 500 companies in the index, so its allocation to any stock, even Nvidia, is always set at just 0.2%.

If you don’t want to reduce it that much, the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI -0.15%) could be worth a look. Instead of investing in just the S&P 500, the fund has over 3,700 stocks, including mid- and small caps. It’s still a weighted index, but the added holdings bring the Nvidia exposure down to 5.1%.

Finally, another way to go would be to add some index funds without any Nvidia exposure at all. The dividend-focused Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM -0.27%) and the Vanguard Value Index Fund ETF (VTV -0.23%) are two good examples.

The bottom line

One of the biggest issues with index fund investing, especially when it comes to the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, is the weighted nature of these benchmarks. Many investors believe the S&P 500 is a diversified investment vehicle, while the mega-cap tech stocks make up a disproportional amount of the fund’s assets. If you’re a big believer in Nvidia and its big-tech counterparts, this can be a good thing. But if you read this article and are surprised at how much exposure you have, taking steps to diversify could be a smart idea.

Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. John Mackey, former CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Randi Zuckerberg, a former director of market development and spokeswoman for Facebook and sister to Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Matt Frankel has positions in Amazon and Vanguard S&P 500 ETF. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Tesla, Vanguard Index Funds-Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, Vanguard Index Funds-Vanguard Value ETF, Vanguard S&P 500 ETF, and Vanguard Whitehall Funds-Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF. The Motley Fool recommends the following options: long January 2026 $395 calls on Microsoft and short January 2026 $405 calls on Microsoft. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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