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  1. One of the world’s largest investment management companies, managing over US$4 trillion*.
  2. Founded in 1975; a mutually owned investment organisation** that puts clients first, committed to low-cost investing.
  3. A pioneer in index investing also offering a range of active strategies.
  4. Established in Europe since 1998, committed to bringing European clients the same benefits that have driven our growth globally.

*Data as at 31 December 2017. Monetary figures are in US dollars.
**The Vanguard Group, Inc. is owned by its US-domiciled funds, which are owned by their shareholders.



  1. Abbreviation of exchange-traded funds; investment funds that are traded on a stock exchange.
  2. Funds that combine the features of collective investing with the trading flexibility of an individual security.
  3. Best known for index (or passive) investing; available across a range of asset classesactive strategies also offered.
  4. Used by institutional and individual investors, often a low-cost way to access a range of investment strategies.
Vanguard ETF


  1. Exchange-traded funds from Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment management companies.
  2. A low-cost way to invest in a range of investment strategies.
  3. Managed by highly experienced teams of investment professionals – indexing experts since the launch of the world’s first retail index mutual fund in 1976.
  4. Indexed and factor ETFs benchmarked against broad indices, bringing high levels of diversification and efficiently targeting specific exposures.


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