Vanguard to Expand Admiral Shares

July 25, 2011 ( – Vanguard has announced that it will expand the availability of its Admiral Shares with six additional domestic and international equity index funds.

A total of 75 funds will now offer Admiral Shares; the six additions will feature expense ratios ranging from 0.10% to 0.21:


Admiral Shares estimated expense ratio 

Vanguard FTSE All World Ex-US Index Fund



Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth Index Fund



Vanguard Small-Cap Growth Index Fund



Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund



Vanguard Small-Cap Value Index Fund



Vanguard Developed Markets Index Fund



The new shares are expected to be available for sale in late September after the standard SEC review period.

Retail clients will be able to convert their qualifying shares into the lower-priced shares of the equivalent fund at that time; otherwise, Vanguard will automatically convert qualifying accounts over the next several months. Share conversions within the same fund are tax-free.

Vanguard introduced Admiral Shares in November 2000 to recognize and encourage the cost savings associated with large and long-tenured accounts by passing along these savings to shareholders in the form of lower fund expense ratios. Roughly $520 billion, nearly one-third of Vanguard’s total fund assets, is held in Admiral Shares.

Vanguard has also announced that it expects to provide new shares to institutional investors – Vanguard Institutional Plus Shares and Institutional Shares – that are expected to be offered for Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund.

Institutional Plus shares are also expected to become available for Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond Index Fund and Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index Fund. The expense ratios are expected to be 0.05% for the new Institutional Plus Shares of these three funds and 0.07% for the new Institutional Shares in the Short-Term Bond Index Fund.


-Sara Kelly