Shareholders of the $1.1 billion Vanguard U.S. Value Fund have approved a proposal to merge it into the $96.9 billion Vanguard Value Index Fund, to become effective on or about Feb. 5.
Introduced in 1992, Vanguard Value Index Fund is a broadly diversified, large-capitalization U.S. value index portfolio. The merged fund will retain the current expense ratio of 0.05% — a decrease of 0.17% for existing Vanguard U.S. Value Fund shareholders. Vanguard Value Index Fund’s investment objective, benchmark, strategies, policies and overall portfolio management process will not change.
Shareholders have also approved a proposal to change the diversification status of five Vanguard funds from diversified to non-diversified on or about Jan. 26. They are the Vanguard Health Care Fund, Vanguard Energy Fund, Vanguard U.S. Growth Fund, Vanguard Variable Insurance Funds – Growth Portfolio, and Vanguard Variable Insurance Funds – Real Estate Index Portfolio.
The change provides the funds’ investment advisors more flexibility to manage their respective mandates, while not materially altering the funds’ characteristics, according to Vanguard.
Separately, Vanguard has filed an initial registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch its first active bond exchange-traded fund, the Vanguard Ultra-Short Bond ETF with an estimated 0.10% expense ratio.
The actively managed ETF is expected to launch in the second quarter and will offer a low-cost, diversified option for investors seeking income and limited price volatility, the firm says. It will invest in a diversified portfolio of high-quality and medium-quality fixed income securities, including investment-grade credit and government bonds.
With an expected average duration of about one year, the ETF’s interest rate risk sits between money market funds and short-term bond funds, offering investors a solution for anticipated cash needs in the range of 6-18 months. Vanguard Fixed Income Group will serve as investment advisor to the new ETF, expected to launch in the second quarter of 2021.
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