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Emerging markets index fund completes benchmark transitions

June 27, 2013

Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund and its exchange-traded fund (ETF) shares (ticker: VWO), the world's largest emerging markets ETF, will begin seeking to track the FTSE Emerging Index on June 28, 2013.

Prior to January 2013, the Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund sought to track the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. During its six-month transition, the fund sought to track a custom benchmark, the FTSE Emerging Transition Index, so that Vanguard's portfolio management team could implement the transition cost-effectively with minimal market impact and negligible tracking error, and so that shareholders could see the fund's position. As of June 28, the fund will have fully moved from the transition index to the FTSE Emerging Index.

You can learn more about the benchmark transitions in an interview with Vanguard Chief Investment Officer Tim Buckley.

Read the interview »

The fund's move to the FTSE Emerging Index concludes the benchmark changes announced by Vanguard in October 2012 for 22 of its stock and balanced index funds. In January 2013, these funds began moving from MSCI indexes to indexes provided by FTSE and by the University of Chicago's Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP).


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