News release

Vanguard Reports Expense Reductions on Stock and Bond ETFs

Savings to Vanguard clients totals $85.1 million in fiscal year 2019

VALLEY FORGE, PA (February 20, 2020)— In fund annual reports published today, Vanguard reported lower expense ratios on four ETFs, including the $8.3 billion Vanguard Extended Market ETF, the $21.9 billion Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF, the $12.6 billion Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF, and the $4.8 billion Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF. Vanguard also reported lower expenses on three mutual fund share classes of Vanguard Extended Market Fund.

In aggregate, these changes represent $12.9 million in savings returned to investors, bringing the total 2019 fiscal year client savings to $85.1 million.1 See the accompanying table for a full list of expense ratio changes by fund.

 

Vanguard Mutual Fund and ETF Expense Ratio Changes

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Fund Name

2018 Fiscal Year End Expense Ratio

2019 Fiscal Year End Expense Ratio

Change (in basis points)

Short-Term Bond ETF

0.07%

0.05%

-2

Intermediate-Term Bond ETF

0.07%

0.05%

-2

Long-Term Bond ETF

0.07%

0.05%

-2

Extended Market ETF

0.07%

0.06%

-2

Extended Market Index Fund Admiral

0.07%

0.06%

-1

Extended Market Index Fund Institutional

0.06%

0.05%

-1

Extended Market Index Fund Institutional Plus

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Note: The 2018 expense ratios listed above reflect figures published in each fund's last annual report and prospectus. Updated 2019 figures will not be reflected in the funds’ online profiles until each fund files its next prospectus.

Vanguard Fixed Income ETFs

Driven in part by record fixed income ETF cash flow, Vanguard reported lower expense ratios on 16 of its 18 U.S. bond ETFs over the 2019 fiscal year reporting cycle. Vanguard's U.S. fixed income ETFs experienced $37.1 billion in cash flow in 2019, a 103% increase from $18.3 billion in 2018. Given the scale of the global bond market and relative small footprint of bond ETFs, Vanguard expects greater fixed income ETF adoption to continue.

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About Vanguard

Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment management companies. As of January 31, 2020, Vanguard managed $6.2 trillion in global assets. The firm, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, offers 425 funds to its more than 30 million investors worldwide. For more information, visit vanguard.com.

Asset figures are as of January 31, 2020 unless otherwise noted.

1 Cumulative figure for all share classes from fiscal year ending August 2019 through December 2019 for the identified funds. Estimated savings is the difference between prior and current expense ratios multiplied by average AUM. Average AUM is based on daily average assets during a month, which are then averaged over the 12-months of the fiscal year.

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