News release

Vanguard Reports Expense Ratio Reductions for 17 Fund Shares

Investors saved estimated $18.9 Million

Vanguard reported lower expense ratios today for 17 fund shares, including nine fixed income ETFs. As a result, investors saved an estimated $18.9 million.1 Since its founding in 1975, Vanguard has been a leader in lowering the cost of investing. For more than four decades, asset growth driven by investor cash flows and market returns, coupled with operational efficiencies, has enabled Vanguard to return value to investors through lower fund expense ratios.

This is the first round of Vanguard funds in the 2021–2022 fiscal-year period to report expense ratio changes. Vanguard operates under a unique, investor-owned2 structure in which U.S. fund shareholders own the Vanguard funds, which in turn own Vanguard. This structure enables the firm to return value to shareholders through lower costs and reinvesting to improve capabilities, technology, and client experience. 

Fixed income ETFs lead the way

Investors’ continued adoption of Vanguard fixed income ETFs contributed to expense ratio reductions across a range of corporate credit, U.S. Treasury, and mortgage-backed securities ETFs. Low expenses, transparent exposures, relative tax efficiency, and liquidity have driven the widespread acceptance of fixed income ETFs in recent years. That has resulted in continued growth in assets for the category both at Vanguard and across the industry. Vanguard’s U.S. bond ETF lineup has attracted $75.7 billion in cash flows through October 31. (A basis point, referenced in the table below, is one-hundredth of a percentage point.)

Vanguard fixed income ETF expense ratio changes

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Name

Ticker

2020 fiscal-year-end expense ratio

2021 fiscal-year-end expense ratio

Change (in basis points)

Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF

EDV

0.07%

0.06%

-1

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF

VCIT

0.05%

0.04%

–1

Vanguard Long-Term Corporate Bond ETF

VCLT

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETF

VMBS

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF

VCSH

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Treasury Bond ETF

VGIT

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Vanguard Long-Term Treasury Bond ETF

VGLT

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Vanguard Short-Term Treasury Bond ETF

VGSH

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Vanguard Total Corporate Bond Market ETF

VTC

0.05%

0.04%

-1

Expense ratio reductions across Vanguard’s fund lineup

In addition to the fixed income ETFs above, expense ratio reductions span Vanguard’s fund lineup, across index and active products, ETF and mutual fund structures, and domestic, international, and ESG-focused strategies.

Vanguard equity and balanced mutual fund and ETF expense ratio changes

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Name

Ticker

2020 fiscal-year-end expense ratio

2021 fiscal-year-end expense ratio

Change (in basis points)

Vanguard ESG U.S. Stock ETF

ESGV

0.12%

0.09%

-3

Vanguard ESG International Stock ETF

VSGX

0.15%

0.12%

–3

Vanguard Global Wellesley Income Fund Admiral Shares

VGYAX

0.31%

0.28%

-3

Vanguard Global Wellington Fund Investor Shares

VGWLX

0.44%

0.42%

-5

Vanguard Global Wellington Fund Admiral Shares

VGWAX

0.34%

0.29%

-1

Vanguard Explorer Fund Value

VEVFX

0.64%

0.52%

-12

Vanguard International Growth Fund Admiral Shares

VWILX

0.33%

0.32%

-1

Vanguard International Growth Fund Investor Shares

VWIGX

0.44%

0.43%

-1

 

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Vanguard  is one of the world’s largest investment management companies. As of October 31, 2021, Vanguard managed $8.4 trillion in global assets. The firm, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, offers 418 funds to its more than 30 million investors worldwide. For more information, visit vanguard.com.

Asset and cash-flow figures are as of October 31, 2021 unless otherwise noted.

1 Estimated savings for the identified funds is the difference between prior and current expense ratios multiplied by the average assets under management (AUM). Average AUM is based on daily average assets during a month, which are then averaged over the 12 months of the fiscal year ending August 31, 2021.

2 Vanguard is client-owned, meaning the U.S. fund shareholders own the funds, which in turn own Vanguard. 

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