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peteyperson
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2003 4:56 am    Post subject: Vanguard VIPER shares Reply with quote

Even though Vanguard have several funds available to European private investors, they each require $100,000 as a minimum investment.


In information on US Viper shares, Vanguard said:

" VIPER Shares have been listed for trading on the American Stock Exchange since June 2002.

Vanguard is currently assessing the demand for VIPER Shares in Europe "

http://global.vanguard.com/international/hEurEN/research/etfsEN.html


Has anyone here had any experience of the new US Vanguard Viper shares? Do they trade like regular US ETFs? How do the fee side of things work out?

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2003 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Vanguard VIPER shares Reply with quote

peteyperson wrote:
Has anyone here had any experience of the new US Vanguard Viper shares? Do they trade like regular US ETFs? How do the fee side of things work out?
Yes, I own shares of VTI. They trade just like any other ETF on the US Amex. The ER is 15 bp which is actually 5 bp lower than on the open-end VTSMX mutual fund. With Vanguard soon coming out with new ETFs that track US market segments, as well as Europe, Asia/Pacific and Emerging Markets, there's no longer any reason why a non-US resident would have to deal with Vanguard Europe in Ireland.

As for European versions of Vanguard ETFs, presumably these would be identical to the Amex-traded shares, except that they'd trade on European exchanges and be priced in local currency.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 12:29 am    Post subject: Re: Vanguard VIPER shares Reply with quote

Well yes, theoretically. They're only considering it at the moment according to their own press.

I find it amazing that Vanguard haven't gone into the UK market for small investors already. Major oversight given the generally high cost of investing. "Rip-off Britain" would at least get a little less so.

Petey
bylo wrote:
As for European versions of Vanguard ETFs, presumably these would be identical to the Amex-traded shares, except that they'd trade on European exchanges and be priced in local currency.


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