Vanguard U.S. Total Market Shares Index ETF (VTS)
About this Fund
|FUND MANAGER||The Vanguard Group, Inc.|
|ASSET CLASS||EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS|
|INVESTMENT STYLE||The Fund provides exposure to some of the world's largest companies listed in the United States.|
|INVESTMENT PROFILE||The Fund seeks to track the return of the Benchmark before taking into account fees, expenses and tax.|
|BENCHMARK||CRSP US Total Market Index|
|FUND SIZE||CRSP US Total Market Index|
|NO. OF HOLDINGS||1000+|
Benefits of investing with Vanguard
Competitive long-term performance
Vanguard's investment approach provides investors with an efficient way to capture long-term market performance.
The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of securities, which means the Fund is less exposed to the performance fluctuations of individual securities.
Low cost investing
The Fund has low ongoing fees as we strive to minimise the costs of managing and operating the Fund.
Buy and hold investors seeking long-term capital growth, some income, international diversification, and with a higher tolerance for the risks associated with share market volatility.
About the Fund
The ETF provides exposure to some of the world's largest companies listed in the United States. It offers low-cost access to a broadly diversified range of securities that allows investors to participate in their long-term growth potential. The ETF is exposed to the fluctuating values of the US currency, as there will not be any hedging to the Australian dollar.
What is an ETF?
An ETF is an Exchange Traded Fund, which is quoted for trading on the AQUA market of the ASX (in this case, it is the CDIs that are quoted for trading on the AQUA market of the ASX). Generally, these exchange traded funds comprise broadly diversified investment portfolios of either shares, bonds or real estate securities and are constructed using an indexed investment methodology.
ETFs seek to combine the best features of index managed funds and listed shares in one investment. Vanguard ETFs come with the benefits of low cost, broad diversification, transparency and tax efficiency due to low turnover of the underlying securities. However, unlike traditional index funds which are priced only once per day, ETF securities trade on a stock exchange so they can be bought and sold at any time during the trading day at prevailing market prices. ETFs carry certain risks (refer to the section 2. Risks' in the PDS for further details).
Who is Vanguard?
Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd (Vanguard) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Vanguard Group, Inc. With more than AUD$6.9 trillion in assets under management as of 31 December 2018, including over AUD$1.2 trillion in ETFs; The Vanguard Group Inc is one of the world's largest global investment management companies. In Australia, Vanguard has been serving financial advisers, retail clients and institutional investors for more than 20 years.
How we invest your money
The Fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index, which represents approximately 100% of the investable U.S. stock market and includes large-, mid-, small-, and micro-cap stocks.
The Fund invests by sampling the Index, meaning that it holds a broadly diversified collection of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full Index in terms of key characteristics. These key characteristics include industry weightings and market capitalization, as well as certain financial measures, such as price/earnings ratio and dividend yield.
Listed equity securities, including common stocks of US-incorporated or US-headquartered companies (including REITs) traded on the NYSE, NYSE American, NASDAQ, ARCA, CBOE or IEX exchanges.
Total market capitalisation greater than $10 million, float shares greater than 12.5% (10% for Fast Track IPOs) of total shares, trading volume requirements and a security must not have ten sequential days without trading volume.