Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund Transitions to New FTSE Index

Dec 20, 2015, 20:00 ET from Vanguard

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Dec. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanguard announced today that the $53 billion Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund, including its ETF share class (ticker: VEA), will begin tracking a new FTSE transition index as part of a two-phase change to a new target index, the FTSE Developed All Cap ex US Index. The change will be effective with the opening of trading on December 21, 2015.

In the first phase, the fund will track the FTSE Developed All Cap ex US Transition Index, an interim index that will gradually increase exposure to small-capitalization stocks and Canadian securities, while proportionately reducing the weightings of other stocks.

Vanguard will manage the transition over the course of approximately six months to minimize trading costs. To provide transparency to shareholders during the transition, FTSE will supply monthly updates of the transition index's composition at ftse.com/vanguard.

At the conclusion of the transition, the fund will begin tracking its destination target index, the FTSE Developed All Cap ex US Index, a broader FTSE benchmark that includes large-, mid-, and small-cap stocks, as well as shares of Canadian companies. Canada will represent approximately 7.4% of the fund's destination benchmark. Adding small-cap exposure to the fund moves investors closer to market-cap weightings and offers additional diversification. With the addition of Canada, Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund will be the largest market-cap weighted index fund of its type to offer all-cap exposure to all developed markets outside the U.S. 1

The transition is part of the changes to four international equity index funds announced by Vanguard in June 2015.

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1 Bloomberg, as of September 30, 2015.

All asset figures are as of November 30, 2015, unless otherwise noted. Source: Vanguard

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