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Vanguard Shareholders approve value fund merger and change to diversification status of five funds

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Based on preliminary voting results at a shareholder meeting, which was held virtually, Vanguard fund shareholders have approved a proposal for a fund merger and a change in diversification status of five funds.

“We are grateful to all of our shareholders who voted on these important proposals,” says Tim Buckley, Vanguard Chairman and CEO. “The proxy ties directly to Vanguard’s mission of giving every investor the best chance for investment success, and we believe the approval of the changes strengthens our ability to deliver superior investment outcomes by enabling us to manage these funds more efficiently and effectively.”
 
The approved proposals are summarised below.
 
Shareholders of the USD1.1 billion Vanguard US Value Fund approved a proposal to merge the fund into the USD96.9 billion Vanguard Value Index Fund. Introduced in 1992, Vanguard Value Index Fund is a broadly diversified, large-capitalisation US value index portfolio.
 
The merged fund will retain the current expense ratio of 0.05 per cent – a decrease of 0.17 per cent for existing Vanguard US Value Fund shareholders. Vanguard Value Index Fund’s investment objective, benchmark, strategies, policies, and overall portfolio management process will not change. The merger is scheduled to be completed on or about 5 February, 2021.
 
Shareholders also approved a proposal to change the diversification status of five Vanguard funds (Vanguard Health Care Fund, Vanguard Energy Fund, Vanguard US Growth Fund, Vanguard Variable Insurance Funds – Growth Portfolio, and Vanguard Variable Insurance Funds – Real Estate Index Portfolio) from “diversified” to “non-diversified” as defined by the Investment Company Act of 1940.
 
Vanguard says this change affords the funds’ investment advisors greater flexibility to manage their respective mandates, while not materially altering the funds’ characteristics. The change of diversification status to non-diversified for the five funds is scheduled to become effective on or about 26 January, 2021

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