Vanguard Introduces Five New Equity ETFs

Firm announces lower management fees for two existing ETFs and expects to launch two new fixed income ETFs

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TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. announced today that five new equity Canada-domiciled exchange-traded funds (Vanguard ETFs™) will begin trading this morning on Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Vanguard, which entered the Canadian market in December 2011 and saw its Canadian ETFs surpass $1 billion in assets earlier this year, now offers 16 low-cost, high-quality ETFs.

             
Vanguard ETF™   Benchmark Index  

Annual
Management
Fee1
(% of NAV)

 

TSX
Ticker
Symbol

Vanguard FTSE Canada All Cap Index ETF   FTSE Canada All Cap Index   0.12%   VCN

Vanguard FTSE Developed ex North America Index ETF

  FTSE Developed ex North America Index  

0.28%2

  VDU
Vanguard U.S. Dividend Appreciation Index ETF (CAD-hedged)   NASDAQ US Dividend Achievers Select Index (CAD hedged)   0.28%2   VGH
Vanguard U.S. Dividend Appreciation Index ETF   NASDAQ US Dividend Achievers Select Index   0.28%2   VGG
Vanguard U.S. Total Market Index ETF   CRSP US Total Market Index   0.15%2   VUN
     

“Vanguard ETFs are distinguished in the market by low-cost, broadly diversified portfolios,” said Atul Tiwari, principal and managing director of Vanguard Investments Canada. “Our new ETFs follow this same principle, enabling financial advisors and investors to better construct broadly diversified portfolios at a low cost.”

Vanguard also announced reduced management fees for Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Index ETF (VEE) and Vanguard FTSE Developed ex North America Index ETF (CAD-hedged) (VEF). Effective today, the management fee of VEE fell to 0.33% from 0.49% and, effective July 24, 2013, the management fee of VEF fell to 0.28% from 0.37%. With the addition of the five new ETFs, Vanguard’s lineup of 16 ETFs will feature an industry-low average management fee of 0.21%.*

Additionally, Vanguard expects to launch two new fixed income Canada-domiciled ETFs in the near future.

             
Vanguard ETF™  

Benchmark Index

 

Annual
Management
Fee1
(% of NAV)

 

TSX
Ticker
Symbol

Vanguard U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF (CAD-hedged)   Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index (CAD Hedged)   0.25%2   VBU
Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF (CAD-hedged)   Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index (CAD Hedged)   0.35%2   VBG
     

About Vanguard

Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of The Vanguard Group, Inc. and manages more than $1 billion (CAD) in assets. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment management companies and a leading provider of company-sponsored retirement plan services. Vanguard manages more than $2.5 trillion in global assets, including $285 billion in global ETF assets. Vanguard has offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. The firm offers more than 160 funds to U.S. investors and more than 80 additional funds, including ETFs, to clients in the other markets in which the firm operates.

Vanguard operates under a unique operating structure. Unlike firms that are publicly held or owned by a small group of individuals, The Vanguard Group is owned by Vanguard’s US-domiciled funds and ETFs. Those funds, in turn, are owned by Vanguard clients. This unique mutual structure aligns Vanguard interests with those of its investors and drives the culture, philosophy, and policies throughout the Vanguard organization worldwide. As a result, Canadian investors benefit from Vanguard’s stability and experience, low-cost investing, and client focus. For more information, please visit vanguardcanada.ca.

All asset figures are as of July 31, 2013, unless otherwise noted.

*As of August 12, 2013

1The table reflects management fees payable by the Vanguard ETFs to Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. as reported in the prospectus of the Vanguard ETFs. As the Vanguard ETFs are newly formed and have not yet completed a fiscal period, information in relation to the actual MERs does not exist. MERs for the Vanguard ETFs will first be calculated at the end of their first fiscal period. Vanguard expects that the MERs of the Vanguard ETFs will be substantially similar to their management fees, as it is expected that the only additional fees and expenses that will be borne by the Vanguard ETFs and included in the MER calculation will be any goods and services and/or harmonized sales tax payable by the Vanguard ETFs. Currently, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. has agreed to pay the ongoing operating expenses of the Vanguard ETF’s independent review committee rather than charging those expenses to the Vanguard ETFs. It may discontinue paying such expenses at any time. MERs for ETFs are generally higher than management fees for ETFs.

2This Vanguard ETF™ invests primarily in a U.S.-domiciled Vanguard fund. To ensure that there is no duplication of management fees chargeable in connection with the Vanguard ETF and its investment in the Vanguard fund, the management fee payable by the Vanguard ETF to Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. set out above is reduced by the aggregate of the management fee payable by the Vanguard fund to an affiliate of Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. and certain expenses of the Vanguard fund that are paid directly by the Vanguard fund (together, the “Vanguard fund total expense ratio”). The Vanguard fund total expense ratio is embedded in the market value of the Vanguard fund shares in which the Vanguard ETF invests.

Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with the Vanguard ETFs™. This offering is only made by prospectus. The prospectus contains important detailed information about the securities being offered. Copies are available from Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. at www.vanguardcanada.ca. Please read the prospectus before investing. ETFs are not guaranteed, their values change frequently, and past performance may not be repeated.

Investing in Vanguard ETFs involves risk, including the risk of error in tracking the underlying index. All investments, including those that seek to track an index, are subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. The performance of an index in not an exact representation of any particular investment, as you cannot invest directly in an index.

Vanguard ETFs are not in any way sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by FTSE International Limited (“FTSE”) or the London Stock Exchange Group companies (“LSEG”) (together the “Licensor Parties”), and none of the Licensor Parties make any claim, prediction, warranty, or representation whatsoever, expressly or impliedly, either as to (i) the results to be obtained from the use of a FTSE Index (the “Index”) (upon which a Vanguard ETF is based), (ii) the figure at which the Index is said to stand at any particular time on any particular day or otherwise, or (iii) the suitability of the Index for the purpose to which it is being put in connection with the Vanguard ETF. None of the Licensor Parties have provided or will provide any financial or investment advice or recommendation in relation to the Index to Vanguard or to its clients. The Index is calculated by FTSE or its agent. None of the Licensor Parties shall be (a) liable (whether in negligence or otherwise) to any person for any error in the Index or (b) under any obligation to advise any person of any error therein. All rights in the Index vest in FTSE. “FTSE®” is a trademark of LSEG and is used by FTSE under licence.

“Dividend Achievers” is a trademark of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (collectively, with its affiliates, “NASDAQ OMX”) and has been licensed for use by The Vanguard Group, Inc. Vanguard exchange traded funds are not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by NASDAQ OMX and NASDAQ OMX makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the funds. NASDAQ OMX MAKES NO WARRANTIES AND BEARS NO LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE VANGUARD EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS.

Vanguard ETFs are not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by the University of Chicago or its Center for Research in Security Prices, and neither the University of Chicago nor its Center for Research in Security Prices makes any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the funds.

The Vanguard ETFs are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Barclays. Barclays does not make any representation regarding the advisability of the Vanguard ETFs or the advisability of investing in securities generally. Barclays' only relationship with Vanguard is the licensing of the index which is determined, composed and calculated by Barclays without regard to Vanguard or the Vanguard ETFs. Barclays has no obligation to take the needs of Vanguard or the owners of the Vanguard ETFs into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the index. Barclays has no obligation or liability in connection with administration, marketing or trading of the Vanguard ETFs.

Contact:
For more information, contact Vanguard Public Relations at 610-669-5002.



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