Compare Vanguard international funds

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These are Vanguard's three broad international index funds. Any of the four is a good core international holding, and all three are eligible for the foreign tax credit, should have very low capital gains, and are thus suitable for taxable accounts. You might also add Vanguard Emerging Markets Index Fund if you hold Developed Markets Index (or a non-Vanguard international fund) which has no emerging markets, and Vanguard FTSE All-World Ex-US Small-Cap Fund if you hold one of the funds which has no small-caps.

Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Index Fund Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund
Symbol VFWIX VGTSX VDMIX
ETF ticker VEU VXUS VEA
Europe[1] 44.6% 44.0% 64.4%
Pacific[1] 23.3% 24.6% 34.9%
Emerging Mkts[1] 24.9% 22.7% 0.7%
North America[1] 7.2% 8.7% 0.0%
Inception Date 3/8/2007 4/29/1996 8/5/2000
Initial Amount $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Expense Ratio 0.35% 0.22% 0.22%
ETF Expense Ratio 0.15% 0.14% 0.09%
2009 Qualified Dividends 76.55% 69.75% 69.51%
Purchase fee 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Redemption fee 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%

Changes

On September 24th, 2010, Vanguard announced a change in the index tracked by the Total International fund to the MSCI All Country World ex USA Investable Market Index, and introduced five additional share classes with lower expense ratios for larger holdings. The index change and introduction of admiral shares was completed in December 2010.[2]

Vanguard Total International Share Classes[3]
Share Class Minimum Balance Expense Ratio
Investor 0,000,00$3,000.00 0.22%
Admiral 0,000,00$10,000.00 0.18%
ETF See website 0.18%
Signal N/A0 0.18%
Institutional 0,000,0$5,000,000.00 0.13%
Institutional Plus 0,000,0$100,000,000.00 0.10%

The change in index means that Total International has regional coverage similar to FTSE All-World Ex-US, but with an added mixture of small-capitalization stocks not present in FTSE All-World Ex-US.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 All Holdings as of 2/28/2011 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "first" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "first" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "first" defined multiple times with different content
  2. New ETF share class planned for Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund, September 24, 2010.
  3. Total International Stock ETF (VXUS), Vanguard Institutional Investors. Admiral shares are available to personal investors: Total International Stock Admiral (VTIAX). Viewed August 11, 2012.