Vanguard announces expense ratio reductions for active equity and bond funds


VALLEY FORGE, Pa., February 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vanguard reported lower expense ratios for seven actively managed mutual fund share classes and one index ETF in prospectus filings for funds with fiscal years ending September 30, 2021. Thanks to these expenditure reductions, $4.4 million savings was returned to investors.1 This is the second of six rounds of annual prospectus updates for Vanguard’s 2021-2022 fiscal year reporting period, which runs from December through May.

The breadth and success of Vanguard’s active franchise has contributed to asset growth and operational efficiencies, enabling the company to lower expense ratios across its active line. Vanguard’s active bond funds reporting lower expenses include stocks from investors in the $6.2 billion Vanguard Core Bond Fund as well as Investor and Admiral Shares™ of $2.6 billion Vanguard Emerging Markets Bond Fund. Among Vanguard’s active equity funds, Investor and Admiral Shares of the $21.2 billion Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund and the $568.1 million The Vanguard International Core Stock Fund reports lower spending. the $19.9 billion The Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities ETF also reports a lower expense ratio.

Vanguard Investor Ownership2 The corporate structure allows the company to return shareholder value by reducing costs and reinvesting to improve capabilities, technology and customer experience. Vanguard continued to invest heavily in its line of active funds to deliver carefully selected, sustainable investments that deliver long-term value. The firm focuses on both developing internal investment talent and partnering with world-class external advisors.

Expense ratio changes for Vanguard funds and ETFs



2020 year-end expense ratio

2021 year-end expense ratio

Change (in basis points)

Vanguard Core Bond Fund Investor Equity





Vanguard Emerging Markets Bond Fund Investor Stocks





Admiral Equity Vanguard Emerging Markets Bond Fund





Vanguard International Core Stock Fund Investor Stocks





Vanguard International Core Stock Fund Admiral Shares





Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund Investor Equity





Vanguard Capital Opportunity Fund Admiral Equity





Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities ETF





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Assets and cash flow at December 31, 2021 unless otherwise stated.

1 Estimated savings for identified funds are the difference between past and current expense ratios multiplied by 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 September 30, 2021.

2 Vanguard is client-owned, which means the shareholders of the US fund own the funds, who in turn own Vanguard.

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