] has answered Schwab's
challenge with an ETF fee cut of its own. Let's explore the effects of this change.
For starters, the reliance on new, more-opaque indexes may pose greater risk, as well as leave investors in the dark, reports Reuters
. If you remember, Vanguard switched the MSCI Emerging Markets Index
for the FTSE Emerging Index
as its benchmark provider for 22 index funds.
"These are brand-new indexes that are not battle-tested and they have some non-transparent rules in how they get constructed," Dave Nadig
, director of research at IndexUniverse
, told Reuters
Meanwhile, six international stock funds will also use the less-pricey FTSE Group index. The repercussion of this, report Businessweek
and Business Standard
, will be that emerging markets fund PMs will have to sell South Korean (KOSPI) shares for six of Vanguard's equity funds.
According to Julie Andrews
, FTSE director in Australia, PMs need to sell the stocks to follow the classification. She also notes that the transition is being implemented by Vanguard.
"It is our understanding that it will be managed gradually over time to minimize impact," she added.
For the extractions from KOSPI, expect greater flow into Brazil, South Africa and India, which will be the largest beneficiaries of this change, Business Standard reports
The funds affected are Vanguard European Stock Index Fund
, Vanguard Pacific Stock Index Fund
, Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund
, Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund
, Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund
and the Vanguard Tax-Managed International Fund
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