On the heels of iShares‘ new all-world exchange traded fund (ETF), Vanguard is trying to enter the fray with its own similar kind of fund.

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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