Monday, October 11th, 2010

Vanguard expands ETF product offering for investors

Melbourne, 11 October 2010 - Vanguard Investments Australia (Vanguard) today announced the expansion of its range of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) with the upcoming launch of the Vanguard® Australian Property Securities Index ETF.

The Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF (VAP) will join the Vanguard® Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS), the Vanguard® All-World ex-US Shares Index ETF (VEU) and the Vanguard® US Total Market Shares Index ETF (VTS) offering investors another way to access Vanguard's indexing expertise. The ETF is expected to be quoted for trading on the ASX from 15 October 2010.

ETFs provide all of the diversification benefits and cost and tax efficiency of indexing coupled with the trading flexibility, liquidity and pricing transparency of shares.

The Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF seeks to track the S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT Index, presenting low cost access to the broader Australian listed property market with the objective of capturing market returns before costs and tax.

"In an environment where costs are playing an increasingly important role investors are gravitating toward transparent investment options at minimal cost. Vanguard's new property ETF will list on the ASX AQUA platform as the lowest cost property ETF currently available for Australian investors at 0.34 per cent" said Robyn Laidlaw, Vanguard's ETF Product Manager.

"Vanguard's ETFs are flexible investment vehicles that continue to grow in popularity as investors, advisers and institutions realise their benefits," she said.

Joseph Brennan, Vanguard Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific said "We are committed to providing investors low cost building blocks for portfolio construction. VAP represents a new way to purchase a yield-oriented diversifier that we have successfully offered in traditional managed fund form for many years."

VAP is a share class of Vanguard's Australian Property Securities Index Fund. This fund was established in October 1998 and currently has over $2 billion in funds under management.

Vanguard is a global pioneer of indexing and leading manager of ETFs in the United States. Locally, Vanguard ETF assets recently surpassed $200 million in Australia.

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About Vanguard ETFs:

  • The Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF (VAP) seeks to track the S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT index, offering investors a low-cost method of investing in a portfolio of Australian listed property securities across the retail, office, industrial, tourism, and infrastructure sectors.
  • The Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) seeks to match the returns of S&P/ASX 300 index which comprises approximately 300 Australian equity securities and represents over 94 per cent of the value of all Australian-based companies and property trusts listed on the ASX.
  • The Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF (VTS) seeks to track the performance of the overall U.S. stock market using the benchmark MSCI US Broad Market Index which tracks approximately 3900 companies (or 99.5 per cent or more of the total market capitalisation).
  • The Vanguard All World ex-US Shares Index ETF (VEU) offers investors approximately 2,200 stocks of companies located in 47 countries by tracking performance of the benchmark FTSE All-World ex-US Index. This index includes both the developed and emerging markets


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