April 21, 2005 -- The Vanguard Group said it will make it easier for shareholders to quality for its lower-cost Admiral Shares by reducing their fund account balance requirements, effective May 10.
Specifically, a Vanguard shareholder owning a regular or IRA account will be eligible for Admiral Shares if the fund account balance totals $100,000 or more (previously, a balance of $250,000 was required, or a $150,000 balance in a fund account established for at least three years); or if the fund account balance totals $50,000 or more and the fund account has been established for at least ten years.
For example, the expense ratio for the Investor Share class of Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX) is 0.19%; while the Admiral Shares version features a 0.09% expense ratio.
Vanguard will automatically convert accounts of $100,000 or more to Admiral Shares, beginning in July. Shareholders may convert prior to July by contacting the company beginning May 10. Share conversions within the same fund will be tax-free.
Admiral Shares are offered on 63 Vanguard funds. That number will increase to 64 in June when the company is expected to offer Admiral Shares for its Vanguard Inflation Protected Securities Fund (VIPSX).
Vanguard said more than 700,000 of its current and newly eligible shareholder accounts qualify for Admiral Shares, representing nearly $225 billion in fund assets.
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