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Vanguard expands investor choice with three new exchange traded funds

Vanguard | 16 May 2011


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Vanguard Investments Australia today released details of its three new exchange traded funds (ETFs) along with a decrease in the expense ratios across its existing range of Australian ETFs.

The three new Vanguard ETFs unveiled today are:

  • Vanguard® Australian Shares High Yield ETF (ASX code: VHY)
  • Vanguard® MSCI Australian Large Companies Index ETF (ASX code: VLC)
  • Vanguard® MSCI Australian Small Companies Index ETF (ASX code: VSO)

The new Vanguard ETFs are expected to be quoted for trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) from 26 May 2011, further expanding Vanguard's range of diversified and low cost ETFs.

"These three low cost funds complement our existing range of ETFs by offering further choice to investors wishing to augment their Australian shares exposure." said Joseph Brennan, Chief Investment Officer.

"The funds all track segments of the Australian sharemarket, further enabling advisers and investors to assemble straightforward, balanced, and well-diversified portfolios using low-cost ETFs," he said.

In addition to launching three new funds, Vanguard has also announced it will lower the management expense ratio on two of its existing ETFs:

  • The Vanguard® Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) will be reduced from 0.27 to 0.15 per cent p.a.
  • The Vanguard® Australian Property Securities Index ETF (VAP) will be reduced from 0.34 to 0.25 per cent p.a.

Robyn Laidlaw, Vanguard's Head of Product Development and Management, said:
"Vanguard's range of broad market index ETFs respond to increasing demand for low cost indexing investment solutions across institutional and retail investors and advisers.

"The Australian ETF market has seen a three year growth rate of 70 per cent per annum according to the ASX and we believe this is predominantly because investors are increasingly conscious that costs matter and indexing solutions represent greater value for investors" said Ms Laidlaw.

Fund Name

ASX Code

Fund Objective

About the index

Fee p.a.

Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield ETF

VHY

Seeks to match the return (income and capital appreciation) of the FTSE ASFA Australia High Dividend Yield Index (before fund fees and expenses)

The FTSE ASFA Australia High Dividend Yield Index generally comprises approximately 60 securities listed on the ASX with higher relative forecast dividend yield.

0.25
per cent

Vanguard MSCI Australian Large Companies Index ETF

VLC

Seeks to match the return (income and capital appreciation) of the MSCI Australian Shares Large Cap Index (before fund fees and expenses)

The MSCI Australian Shares Large Cap Index targets coverage of around 70 per cent of free float-adjusted market capitalisation of the Australian share market.

0.20
per cent

Vanguard MSCI Australian Small Companies Index ETF

VSO

Seeks to match the return (income and capital appreciation) of the MSCI Australian Shares Small Cap Index (before fund fees and expenses)

The MSCI Australian Shares Small Cap Index is a small capitalisation index generally consisting of the smaller companies on the Australian equity market targeting coverage of around 14 per cent of free float-adjusted market capitalisation of the Australian share market.

0.30
per cent

 

Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd (ABN 72 072 881 086 / AFS Licence 227263) is the product issuer of the Vanguard® Australian Shares Index ETF and the Vanguard® Australian Property Securities Index ETF and will be the product issuer of the three new ETFs.

Vanguard is the issuer of the Prospectus on behalf of the US listed exchange traded funds ("ETFs") described in the Prospectus. Vanguard has arranged for interests in the US ETFs to be made available to Australian investors via CHESS Depositary Interests that are quoted on the AQUA market of the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX").

Vanguard ETFs will only be issued to Authorised Participants, that is, persons who have been authorised as trading participants under the ASX Operating Rules. Retail investors can transact in Vanguard ETFs through a stockbroker or financial adviser on the secondary market.

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