They’ve registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the Vanguard Global Stock Index Fund, which would offer three share classes: investor shares, institutional shares and ETF shares. It’s anticipated to launch in the second quarter of 2008.
The fund aims to track the FTSE All-World Index, a market-cap weighted index of large- and mid-cap global stocks in 48 countries. About 55% of the index will be made up of stocks outside the United States.
Vanguard’s new fund will join the iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (ACWI) as the first two true all-world ETFs. The country breakdown for the iShares fund has the as its top five countries the United States, 41.8%; the United Kingdom, 9.6%; Japan, 8.6%; France, 4.7%; Germany, 4.1%.
Across the sectors, it’s most heavily weighted in financials at 22.5%. Energy is 11.7% and Industrials are 11.2%. Exxon Mobil (XOM) is the largest constituent, representing 1.6% of the holdings. General Electric (GE) is 1.2%.
It’ll be interesting to compare the two funds side-by-side once Vanguard’s is up and running.
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