VALLEY FORGE, PA (December 21, 2015)—Vanguard today filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for Vanguard Core Bond Fund, a new actively managed fixed income offering.
Expected to be available in the first quarter of 2016, the fund will be managed by Vanguard Fixed Income Group and will seek to outperform the broad investment-grade U.S. fixed income market.1 The low-cost fund will invest in a broadly diversified portfolio of high-quality bonds, including Treasury, mortgage-backed, and corporate securities of varying yields and maturities.
“Vanguard Core Bond Fund will share many characteristics with Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund, including low-cost exposure to high-quality bonds, broad diversification, and an intermediate-term average maturity. Unlike its index sibling, however, the new fund will be actively managed, employing a disciplined, risk-controlled approach that will seek to outperform through security selection, sector allocation, and, to a lesser extent, duration decisions,” said Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb.
Price competition in core bond category
Vanguard’s new entry will bring a low-cost offering to the core bond fund category. Vanguard Core Bond Fund will offer Investor Shares with an estimated expense ratio of 0.25% and Admiral Shares with an estimated expense ratio of 0.15%, both of which are well below the intermediate-term bond fund category average expense ratio of 0.84%.2
Similarly, in February 2015, Vanguard brought cost competition to the ultra-short-term taxable category with the introduction of Vanguard Ultra-Short-Term Bond Fund, an actively managed fund that features Investor and Admiral Shares with expense ratios of 0.20% and 0.12%, respectively.3
Expanding choice for investors, both index and active
In addition to the Ultra-Short-Term Bond Fund, Vanguard has continued to expand its fund line-up to provide investors a broader choice of active and index funds. Earlier this year, Vanguard launched Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond Index Fund, the firm’s first municipal bond index fund, to complement its broad line-up of actively managed tax-exempt funds.
An active fixed income leader
Vanguard Fixed Income Group is one of the world’s largest fixed income managers, with approximately $900 billion in assets globally. The group manages approximately $260 billion in actively managed bond funds, $450 billion in index funds and ETFs, and $180 billion in money market funds. A total of 135 senior strategists, portfolio managers, credit research analysts, and traders oversee Vanguard’s fixed income fund line-up of 80 bond and 9 money market funds.
Gregory S. Nassour, Brian Quigley, and Gemma Wright-Casparius, senior portfolio managers in Vanguard Fixed Income Group, will co-manage the new fund. With a combined 71 years of investment management experience, the three managers currently oversee multiple investment-grade corporate bond, Treasury, and government bond funds.
Vanguard also filed a registration statement with the SEC today for Vanguard Emerging Markets Bond Fund, an actively managed portfolio focusing on debt securities from non-developed global markets. The fund will be managed by Vanguard Fixed Income Group and will not be immediately available for public investment.
Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment management companies. As of November 30, Vanguard managed more than $3.4 trillion in global assets. The firm, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, offers more than 300 funds to its more than 20 million investors worldwide. For more information, visit vanguard.com
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1 An investment-grade bond is a debt security whose credit quality is considered by independent bond-rating agencies, or through independent analysis conducted by a fund’s advisor, to be sufficient to ensure timely payment of principal and interest under current economic circumstances. Debt securities rated in one of the four highest rating categories are considered investment-grade.
2 Source: Morningstar Direct, as of September 30, 2015.
3 As of the most recent prospectus, February 2015.
All figures are as of November 30, 2015, unless otherwise noted.
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