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Vanguard Announces Plans to Launch Two New Active Bond Funds

Firm Also Reopens Wellington Fund

VALLEY FORGE, PA (July 29, 2021)—Vanguard today filed initial registration statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to introduce two new active fixed income funds: Vanguard Core-Plus Bond Fund and Vanguard Multi-Sector Income Bond Fund. The funds are designed to meet the needs of clients seeking actively managed “core” and “satellite” bond portfolios and will augment the lineup of higher-alpha, diversified fixed income strategies managed by Vanguard Fixed Income Group.

“Vanguard has invested heavily in active management talent and capabilities for decades, resulting in a lineup of active bond funds that leverage proven portfolio manager expertise and help clients achieve investment success,” said Kaitlyn Caughlin, head of Vanguard Portfolio Review Department. “Vanguard’s client-centric approach to product development has produced a carefully curated line-up that drives long-term value and meets evolving investor needs.”

The new funds represent Vanguard’s ongoing efforts to improve investor outcomes through single-fund fixed income strategies with enduring investment merit and low costs. Core-Plus Bond will consist of a broadly diversified portfolio invested primarily in Treasury, mortgage-backed, and other U.S. investment-grade securities. In addition, the fund may invest beyond the U.S. investment-grade bond market in areas such as high-yield corporate securities and emerging markets debt of all credit quality ratings. Core-Plus Bond will be differentiated from Vanguard Core Bond Fund in its incremental flexibility across higher-alpha potential sectors, particularly in its greater exposure to high-yield and emerging markets. The fund will have an estimated expense ratio of 0.30% for Investor Shares and 0.20% for Admiral Shares, compared with an average expense ratio of 0.48% for industry peers1.

Multi-Sector Income Bond will offer exposure primarily to U.S. investment-grade securities, U.S. high-yield corporate securities, and emerging markets debt of all credit quality ratings. Multi-Sector Income Bond will have an estimated expense ratio of 0.40% for Investor Shares and 0.30% for Admiral Shares, compared with an average expense ratio of 0.98% for industry peers1.

Vanguard expects to make Core-Plus Bond available to investors in the fourth quarter of 2021 and Multi-Sector Income Bond available for public investment at a later date.

A global fixed income leader

The fund will be managed by Vanguard’s Fixed Income Group, a global team of more than 190 tenured and dedicated professionals overseeing $2.1 trillion. For nearly 40 years, Vanguard Fixed Income Group has been distinguished in the industry by its deep investment capabilities, disciplined security selection process, rigorous risk management techniques and strong long-term performance.

The firm has placed a particular focus on investing in its active bond portfolio management capabilities and product offer, including Vanguard Global Credit Fund, Vanguard Emerging Markets Bond Fund, and Vanguard Core Bond Fund. As a result, Vanguard’s track record as a bond manager remains unparalleled—76% of Vanguard fixed income funds and 96% of Vanguard active fixed income funds outperformed their peer group averages over the five years ending June 30, 20212.

Reopening Vanguard Wellington Fund

Vanguard also announced today that, due to improved fund liquidity and capacity, the firm will reopen Vanguard Wellington Fund to all investors immediately. The fund is managed by Wellington Management Company LLP and has been closed to new financial advisory, institutional, and intermediary investors since 2013.

Vanguard dedicates considerable resources to the oversight of its fund lineup, ensuring clients have access to sound, lasting investment products that meet their long-term needs. As part of this process, Vanguard will occasionally close certain funds to protect existing shareholders from high levels of cash flow.

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About Vanguard

Vanguard is one of the world’s largest investment management companies. As of June 30, 2021, Vanguard managed $8.0 trillion in global assets. The firm, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, offers 418 funds to its more than 30 million investors worldwide. For more information, visit vanguard.com.

Asset figures as of June 30, 2021 unless otherwise noted.

1 Source: Morningstar, Vanguard.

2 For the five-year period ending June 30, 2021, 83 of 109 bond funds and 49 out of 51 active bond funds outperformed their peer group averages. Results will vary for other time periods. Only funds with a minimum five-year history were included in the comparisons. (Source: Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company). Note that the competitive performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results, and that all investments are subject to risks. For the most recent performance, visit our website at www.vanguard.com/performance.

Registration statements relating to Vanguard Core-Plus Bond Fund and Vanguard Multi-Sector Income Bond Fund have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) but have not yet become effective. The SEC has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of either fund’s preliminary prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is considered a criminal offense. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statements become effective. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of, these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

For more information about Vanguard funds, visit vanguard.com to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information about a fund are contained in the prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.

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

Bond funds are subject to the risk that an issuer will fail to make payments on time, and that bond prices will decline because of rising interest rates or negative perceptions of an issuer's ability to make payments. Investments in bonds are subject to interest rate, credit, and inflation risk. High-yield bonds generally have medium- and lower-range credit quality ratings and are therefore subject to a higher level of credit risk than bonds with higher credit quality ratings

Investments in securities issued by non-U.S. companies and governments are subject to risks including country/regional risk and currency risk. These risks are especially high in emerging markets.

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Portfolio Information

1200

Number of Holdings

As of 10/14/2021

8.33 Years

As of 10/15/2021

5.81 Years

As of 10/15/2021

2.43%

As of 10/15/2021

Fund Facts

1 DAY RETURN

1 DAY RETURN

Fund Information

As of 10/15/2021

Data point nameData point value
TYPE Active
DURATION CATEGORY Intermediate
CUSIP 72201R775
Inception Date 02/29/2012
Shares Outstanding 39,030,000
Total Net Assets $4,298,973,964.88
Daily Trading Volume (dollar notional) $19,283,813.78
Trailing 3 years as of 09/30/20211.85%
Annualized Volatility 3.86%

INDEX INFORMATION

Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index represents securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. The index covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities. These major sectors are subdivided into more specific indices that are calculated and reported on a regular basis. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index.

Data point nameData point value
Index TickerLBUSTRUU
Inception Date01/30/1976
Rebalancing FrequencyMonthly

As of 09/30/2021

2.98%
in shares169,021
in $$18,649,946.46
US TREASURY N/B 02/28 1.12512.54GOVERNMENT1.1302/29/2028
US TREASURY N/B 02/41 1.8755.38GOVERNMENT1.8802/15/2041
FNMA TBA 30 YR 2.5 SINGLE FAMILY MORTGAGE4.70MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES2.5001/14/2051
FNMA TBA 30 YR 2.5 SINGLE FAMILY MORTGAGE3.37MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES2.5011/10/2051
US TREASURY N/B 09/24 0.3753.23GOVERNMENT0.3809/15/2024
FNMA TBA 30 YR 2.5 SINGLE FAMILY MORTGAGE3.14MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES2.5012/13/2051
US TREASURY N/B 08/49 2.252.67GOVERNMENT2.2508/15/2049
GNMA II TBA 30 YR 2.5 JUMBOS1.82MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES2.5010/21/2051
GNMA II TBA 30 YR 2.5 JUMBOS1.82MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES2.5011/18/2051
FED HM LN PC POOL V83421 FG 09/47 FIXED 40.99MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES4.0009/01/2047

Fund Managers

fund manager David L. Braun

David L. Braun

Head of US Financial Institutions Portfolio Management

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fund manager Jerome M. Schneider

Jerome M. Schneider

Head of Short-Term Portfolio Management

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fund manager Daniel H. Hyman

Daniel H. Hyman

Head of Agency MBS Portfolio Management

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Effective as of 10/30/2020

NameValue
Gross Expense Ratio0.57%
NameValue
Adjusted Expense Ratio0.55%

The Adjusted Expense Ratio excludes certain investment expenses, such as interest expense from borrowings and repurchase agreements and dividend expense from investments on short sales, incurred directly by the Fund or indirectly through the Fund’s investments in underlying PIMCO Funds (if applicable), none of which are paid to PIMCO.

Yields

2.64%

distribution yield

As of 09/30/2021

1.62%

30-DAY SEC YIELD

As of 10/15/2021

2.43%

est. yield to maturity

As of 10/15/2021

Dividends & Capital Gains Distribution

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05/03/2021110.22--0.2400000.240000
04/01/2021109.68--0.2300000.230000
03/01/2021110.80--0.2300000.230000
02/01/2021112.56--0.2300000.230000
12/30/2020112.86--0.2300000.230000
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12/01/2020112.39--0.2300000.230000
11/02/2020111.43--0.2300000.230000
10/01/2020112.12--0.2300000.230000
09/01/2020112.48--0.2300000.230000
08/03/2020112.76--0.2440500.244050
07/01/2020111.16--0.2500000.250000
06/01/2020109.80--0.2400000.240000
05/01/2020109.27--0.2600000.260000
04/01/2020107.22--0.2800000.280000
03/02/2020110.91--0.2900000.290000
02/03/2020109.64--0.2900000.290000
12/30/2019108.02--0.2900000.290000
12/11/2019108.370.0000000.000000-0.000000
12/02/2019107.99--0.2900000.290000
11/01/2019108.41--0.3000000.300000
10/01/2019108.59--0.3000000.300000
09/03/2019109.31--0.3000000.300000
08/01/2019107.86--0.3100000.310000
07/01/2019107.21--0.3000000.300000
06/03/2019106.51--0.3000000.300000
05/01/2019105.05--0.3000000.300000
04/01/2019104.80--0.3100000.310000
03/01/2019103.49--0.3200000.320000
02/01/2019103.48--0.3200000.320000
12/28/2018102.48--0.3000000.300000
12/12/2018101.880.0000000.000000-0.000000
12/03/2018101.43--0.3200000.320000
11/01/2018101.22--0.3200000.320000
10/01/2018102.19--0.3000000.300000
09/04/2018102.90--0.3000000.300000
08/01/2018102.52--0.2900000.290000
07/02/2018102.79--0.3000000.300000
06/01/2018102.93--0.3000000.300000
05/01/2018102.67--0.2950000.295000
04/02/2018103.92--0.3500000.350000
03/01/2018103.96--0.2200000.220000
02/01/2018104.52--0.2700000.270000
12/28/2017105.94--0.2693500.269350
12/13/2017106.390.0000000.000000-0.000000
12/01/2017106.17--0.2750000.275000
11/01/2017106.29--0.2750000.275000
10/02/2017106.35--0.2900000.290000
09/01/2017106.90--0.2900000.290000
08/01/2017106.49--0.2600000.260000
07/03/2017105.62--0.2300000.230000
06/01/2017106.06--0.2300000.230000
05/01/2017105.48--0.2000000.200000
04/03/2017105.48--0.2400000.240000
03/01/2017104.59--0.2300000.230000
02/01/2017104.63--0.2500000.250000
12/28/2016103.70--0.6800000.680000
12/14/2016103.600.0000000.000000-0.000000
12/01/2016103.75--0.2400000.240000
11/01/2016106.89--0.1900000.190000
10/03/2016107.55--0.3300000.330000
09/01/2016107.63--0.3000000.300000
08/01/2016107.57--0.2400000.240000
07/01/2016107.65--0.1900000.190000
06/01/2016105.90--0.1200000.120000
05/02/2016105.54--0.1600000.160000
04/01/2016105.63--0.1600000.160000
03/01/2016103.90--0.1600000.160000
02/01/2016104.53--0.2000000.200000
12/29/2015103.99--1.1400001.140000
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12/01/2015105.85--0.3900000.390000
11/02/2015106.00--0.3900000.390000
09/30/2015105.85--0.3900000.390000
08/31/2015106.28--0.3700000.370000
07/31/2015107.48--0.3000000.300000
06/30/2015106.69--0.3000000.300000
05/29/2015108.19--0.3000000.300000
04/30/2015108.86--0.2200000.220000
03/31/2015109.87--0.1800000.180000
02/27/2015109.71--0.1600000.160000
01/30/2015110.42--0.1700000.170000
12/29/2014107.25--1.7000001.700000
12/10/2014109.050.0000000.000000-0.000000
11/28/2014109.22--1.1200001.120000
10/31/2014109.10--0.4000000.400000
09/30/2014108.56--0.2750000.275000
08/29/2014109.40--0.3000000.300000
07/31/2014108.49--0.2800000.280000
06/30/2014108.85--0.0500000.050000
05/30/2014108.77--0.0500000.050000
04/30/2014107.49--0.0500000.050000
03/31/2014106.76--0.0500000.050000
02/28/2014106.72--0.0500000.050000
01/31/2014106.36--0.1000000.100000
12/27/2013104.65--0.1400000.140000
12/11/2013105.270.0000000.436846-0.436846
11/29/2013106.20--0.1900000.190000
10/31/2013106.76--0.2000000.200000
09/30/2013106.060.0000000.0000000.2500000.250000
08/30/2013104.55--0.3000000.300000
07/31/2013105.57--0.2550000.255000
06/28/2013105.66--0.2200000.220000
05/31/2013108.27--0.2250000.225000
04/30/2013110.74--0.2100000.210000
03/28/2013109.68--0.1800000.180000
02/28/2013109.44--0.1740000.174000
01/31/2013109.07--0.1740000.174000
12/27/2012109.00--0.1800000.180000
12/12/2012109.130.0000000.882644-0.882644
11/30/2012110.03--0.2000000.200000
10/31/2012109.24--0.2000000.200000
09/28/2012108.73--0.1950000.195000
08/31/2012107.57--0.2000000.200000
07/31/2012107.17--0.1800000.180000
06/29/2012105.55--0.2100000.210000
05/31/2012104.98--0.2000000.200000
04/30/2012103.36--0.1800000.180000
03/30/2012101.52--0.1200000.120000

As of 09/30/2021

NAV Total Returns (After Fees)1.135.703.66-4.32
Market Price Returns0.945.693.66-4.31
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index-0.905.362.943.012.93
Performance Difference (Fund NAV vs. Index)2.030.340.72-1.39
Performance Difference (Fund Market Price vs. Index)1.840.330.72-1.38
Standard Deviation-3.863.49-3.41
After Tax Pre-Liquidation0.094.412.34-2.95
After Tax Post-Liquidation0.663.822.21-2.73

As of 09/30/2021

NAV Total Returns (After Fees)1.135.703.66-4.32
Market Price Returns0.945.693.66-4.31
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index-0.905.362.943.012.93
Performance Difference (Fund NAV vs. Index)2.030.340.72-1.39
Performance Difference (Fund Market Price vs. Index)1.840.330.72-1.38
Standard Deviation-3.863.49-3.41
After Tax Pre-Liquidation0.094.412.34-2.95
After Tax Post-Liquidation0.663.822.21-2.73

As of 09/30/2021

NAV Total Returns (After Fees)-0.33-0.690.362.36
Market Price Returns-0.59-0.790.282.31
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index-1.55-0.870.051.88
Performance Difference (Fund NAV vs. Index)1.220.180.310.48
Performance Difference (Fund Market Price vs. Index)0.960.080.230.43
Standard Deviation----
After Tax Pre-Liquidation-1.02-0.780.091.82
After Tax Post-Liquidation-0.20-0.410.211.40

As of 09/30/2021

NAV Total Returns (After Fees)-0.33-0.690.362.36
Market Price Returns-0.59-0.790.282.31
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index-1.55-0.870.051.88
Performance Difference (Fund NAV vs. Index)1.220.180.310.48
Performance Difference (Fund Market Price vs. Index)0.960.080.230.43
Standard Deviation----
After Tax Pre-Liquidation-1.02-0.780.091.82
After Tax Post-Liquidation-0.20-0.410.211.40

Morningstar Rating

As of 09/30/2021

Fund Name Morningstar Category Overall 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr
Active Bond Exchange-Traded FundIntermediate Core-Plus Bond

(571 funds)

(571 funds)

(498 funds)

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Overall Morningstar Rating for Active Bond Exchange-Traded Fund, as of 09/30/2021 rated against 571 funds based on risk-adjusted returns. Category: Intermediate Core-Plus Bond.

Premium / Discount

Days Traded At Premium157232026
Days Traded At NAV9012
Days Traded At Discount87384236
Sours: https://www.pimco.com/en-us/investments/etf/active-bond-exchange-traded-fund
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Active vs. Passive Management in Bond Funds

Investors in bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have the choice between two types of portfolios: actively managed funds and passively managed funds.

Key Takeaway

  • Exchange-traded funds let investors choose between actively and passively managed funds.
  • Actively managed funds have more fees because they have more turnover which means more maintenance.
  • Passively managed funds have fewer fees because they have less turnover which means less maintenance.
  • Index funds are passively managed, and in general perform better than actively managed funds over time.

Passively Managed Funds

Passively managed funds – also called index funds – invest in a portfolio of bonds designed to match the performance of a particular index, such as the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. Index funds simply hold the securities that are in the index, or, in many cases, a representative sample of the index holdings. When the composition of the index changes, so do the fund’s holdings. In this case, the managers of the funds aren’t seeking to produce returns greater than the benchmark – the goal is simply matching its performance.

Actively Managed Funds

Actively managed funds are those with portfolio managers who try to choose bonds that will outperform the index over time and avoid those they see as likely to underperform. In general, their goal is to find bonds that are undervalued or to position the portfolio for anticipated changes in interest rates. Active managers can adjust their funds’ average maturity, duration, average credit quality, or positioning among the various segments of the market.

The Key Differences Between the Two Management Styles

Fees

Since actively managed funds incur more trading costs and need to devote greater resources to research and portfolio management than passively managed funds, they tend to charge higher expense ratios. Sometimes, this is worth it, but very few actively managed funds can sustain outperformance relative to indices over an extended period of time. Over time, the higher fees of active managers tend to eat into returns – particularly in the current environment of ultra-low interest rates.

Turnover and Taxes

Since actively-managed funds are steadily shifting their portfolios in response to market conditions, they have a much higher turnover than index funds, which only change when the underlying index changes. This can result in a higher tax bill at year-end, which reduces investors’ after-tax returns.

Performance Variability

One of the most important reasons investors would choose an actively managed fund is the notion that the fund will be able to beat the market over time. That may, in fact, occur, but along the way, even the best funds can have off years. Whereas passively managed funds produce returns that are in line with the market, actively managed can experience wide annual swings around the index return. And when a fund underperforms, investors run the risk that they will be correct in their initial choice (for instance, to invest in high yield bonds), but they won’t receive the full benefit of their decision.

Performance Results

This is the most important difference between active and passive management. While there will always be a good number of actively managed funds that outperform in any given year, over time, index funds tend to come out on top. One reason for this is the fees – the gap between the two types of funds is large enough that the difference compounds over time. Also, the market is so efficient – i.e., analyzed by such a large number of investors – that it’s extremely difficult for a manager to deliver consistent outperformance over the long term.

The numbers bear this out. The investment manager Robert W. Baird & Co. published a paper in June 2012, in which it analyzed the results of active managers over the previous 15 years. Only 16 percent of high-yield funds outperformed over the full-time period, while 18 percent and 37 percent of taxable fixed income and tax-exempt fixed income beat their benchmarks, respectively.

In all cases, investors would have been better off in index funds. Separately, the investment consultant DiMeo Schneider & Associates calculated that as of the end of 2018, the median intermediate-term bond fund had overperformed its benchmark by 1 percentage point, the median high yield fund had lagged by 1.6 percentage points and the median international bond fund overperformed by 2.2 percentage points.

The takeaway: in theory, active management should enable the managers to add value through security selection, avoidance of losses, or the anticipation of rating changes to the bonds they hold in their portfolios. In reality, however, the numbers don’t show this to be true.

The Bottom Line

Passively managed funds have their drawbacks, as outlined in the index funds link highlighted above, and some managers – such as DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach and Daniel Fuss at Loomis Sayles, to name two – have excelled at adding value for their investors. However, picking which manager will outperform in the next five to ten years is much more challenging. Keep this in mind as you’re selecting funds for your portfolio.

Sours: https://www.thebalance.com/active-vs-passive-management-in-bond-funds-416943
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