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Vanguard to offer international fixed income and regional equity ETFs

Vanguard | 10 September 2015


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Vanguard Australia has announced plans to launch four new exchange traded funds in the fourth quarter of this year.

The new ETFs will offer investors broadly diversified exposure to international fixed income (government bonds and credit securities), Asian equities and European equities.

Subject to regulatory approvals, it is anticipated that all the funds will be quoted for trading on the ASX before the end of 2015, and will bring the total number of ETFs offered by Vanguard Australia to 16.

Exchange traded fund name

ASX Code

Vanguard International Fixed Interest Index (Hedged) Index ETF

VIF

Vanguard International Credit Securities Index (Hedged) ETF

VCF

Vanguard FTSE Europe Shares ETF

VEQ

Vanguard FTSE Asia ex Japan Shares Index ETF

VAE


Vanguard Head of Market Strategy and Communications, Robin Bowerman, said four new ETFs would give Australian investors more specific options for diversifying their portfolios across international markets.

"Since launching our first ETFs in 2009 Vanguard has focused on building out our range to cover all the major asset classes. The addition of these four new products marks a significant growth in Vanguard's product offering and the continuing evolution of the ETF market in Australia," Mr Bowerman said.

"There are currently no international fixed income ETFs trading on the ASX, so the launch of VIF and VCF will allow Australian investors to create portfolios that are truly diversified across and within asset classes, using ETFs.

"In conjunction with Vanguard's existing quoted products the new Asian equities and European equities ETFs will offer investors greater control and the flexibility to tailor regional sharemarket exposures within their portfolio.

"The addition of these ETFs will broaden the portfolio toolkit available to Australian investors via the ASX when setting the strategic asset allocation that best suits their personal risk tolerance and investment objectives."

Additional information about each of the funds, including their respective management costs, will be available closer to the funds' listing dates.