Vanguard recognized with three awards

April 5, 2019


Vanguard earned three awards at the annual ceremony* in New York City on March 28.

A panel of industry leaders honored Vanguard with:

"Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is a snowball teetering on top of a mountain, and in 2018, Vanguard gave it a big push with the Vanguard ESG U.S. Stock ETF (ESGV). ESGV offers socially responsible investing in a uniquely Vanguard package. With over 1,500 stocks, the ETF boasts broad diversification at a price point of just 0.12%, making ESGV (at the time of its launch) the cheapest ESG U.S. equity ETF on the market, and one of the cheaper total U.S. market ETFs, period," judges wrote.

"[Vanguard] launched the first bond index fund all the way back in 1986, entering an asset class that had been the sole purview of active managers. And while the Vanguard Total World Bond ETF (BNDW) may not be as revolutionary as the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund was 33 years ago, BNDW still deserves praise for providing investors with exceptionally low-cost exposure to the global investment-grade bond market," judges wrote.

"Despite being known for its pioneering index funds, Vanguard has a long history in active management. Until recently, however, it hadn't launched any actively managed ETFs. So it was big news when the issuer rolled out its first suite of active ETFs in February 2018," judges wrote.

"[The fund] offers Vanguard's signature broad diversification, selecting holdings across the size spectrum and evaluating them based on a quantitative model. Best of all, VFMF is extremely low-cost, with an expense ratio of just 0.18%. Only a handful of active U.S. stock ETFs come cheaper, most of which are Vanguard's own single-factor funds."

Vanguard Head of ETF Product Management Rich Powers said he was proud of the team effort it took to launch these products.

"2018 was a busy year for us in terms of ETF launches (nine), and the industry recognized the innovation we brought to the market. This is the largest number of awards Vanguard has received at since this event started in 2013,” Powers said.

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* award winners are selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry. The awards process began with an open nomination period running from December 3, 2018, through January 3, 2019. Following the open nominations, the Awards Nominating Committee—made up of senior leaders at, Inside ETFs, and FactSet—voted to select up to five finalists in each category. Winners from these finalists were selected by a majority vote of the Awards Selection Committee, a group of independent ETF experts. Committee members recused themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appeared as finalists. Ties were decided where possible with head-to-head runoff votes.


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  • All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.
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