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FTSE All World ex. US Fund

Ratings: AM Best S&P Moody's

Company Description

"This index fund provides investors with low-cost exposure to stock markets located outside the United States. The fund seeks to track an index that consists of companies located in developed markets, including Europe, the Pacific, and Canada, and in emerging markets. In addition to stock market risk, the fund is also subject to currency risk and country risk. Because of its exposure to emerging markets, the fund can be more volatile than other international funds. Long-term investors seeking exposure to non-U.S. markets may wish to consider this fund as part of a diversified portfolio."


Mutual Funds


Minimum Premium or Deposit

$10,000, $3,000

Fund Name

Vanguard FTSE All World ex. US Fund

Target Index

FTSE All World ex. US

Index Description

“The FTSE All-World ex US Index is part of a range of indexes designed to help US investors benchmark their international investments. The index comprises Large (84%) and Mid (16%) cap stocks providing coverage of Developed and Emerging Markets (46 countries) excluding the US. The index is derived from the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS), which covers 98% of the world’s investable market capitalization.”



Share Weighted/Cap Weighted

Cap Weighted

Geographical Concentration of Index

46 countries other than US

Market Cap Orientation of Index

Large & Mid Cap

Number of Constituents in Index


Market Cap of Constituents in Index

$14,458.2 Billion, as of 9/30/2011

Top 10 Constituents in Index

As of 1/30/2009 (with Index Weight):

Nestle 1.32%
Novartis 0.96%
HSBC 0.95%
Vodafone 0.92%
BP 0.79%
Roche Hldgs 0.79%
Royal Dutch Shell 0.77%
BHP Billiton Ltd 0.76%
GlaxoSmithKline 0.73%
Samsung 0.72%

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Expense Ratio

Ordinary Shares:  0.35%

Admiral Shares:     0.18%

Other Fees & Loads

Purchase Fee None
Redemption Fee 2% / 2 months
Account Service Fee $20 / year with balance < $10,000
Front End Sales Load None
Back End Sales Load None

R Squared to Index


Minimum Deposit

Ordinary Shares:  $3,000

Admiral Shares:   $10,000


Ordinary Shares:  VFWIX

Admiral Shares:    VFWAX

 Top 10 Holdings

(9.7% of total net assets) as of 09/30/2011

  1. Royal Dutch Shell PLC
  2. Nestle SA
  3. BHP Billiton Ltd
  4. Novartis AG
  5. HSBC Holdings PLC
  6. Vodafone Group PLC
  7. Roche Holding AG
  8. BP PLC
  9. GlaxoSmithKline PLC
  10. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

Number of Constituents in Fund

2,341 as of 9/30/11