Vanguard International Growth (MUTF:VWIGX): Investors looking for an aggressive fund that holds international stocks with high growth potential can consider adding VWIGX to their portfolio. The portfolio covers developed and emerging markets but is relatively concentrated with 125 holdings. VWIGX can be an appropriate holding for investors wanting more exposure to growth stocks than the broader international stock indices. Expenses for VWIGX are 0.46%.
Vanguard International Value (MUTF:VTRIX): This international stock fund focuses on value stocks of companies located outside the U.S. in developed and emerging markets countries. The fund is managed by three investment advisers, each following their own management style. This multi-manager approach adds an extra layer of diversification to a fund that holds about 125 foreign stocks. Expenses for VTRIX are 0.43%.
Vanguard Pacific Stock Index (MUTF:VPACX): Vanguard’s VPACX focuses on stocks of companies in the developed countries of the Pacific Rim, such as South Korea and Japan. This narrow focus can result in higher volatility than the broader international stock indices; however the trade off in risk can lead to periods of out-performance. The expense ratio for VPACX is 0.26%.
Vanguard Total International Stock Index (MUTF:VGTSX): This passively-managed international stock fund is arguably the best mutual fund to capture the returns of the entire non-U.S. stock market. The total number holdings exceeds 6,000 stocks from developed and emerging markets. So shareholders of VGTSX get a broadly diversified portfolio for a cheap expense ratio of just 0.18%.
All of these Vanguard international stock funds have a minimum initial investment of $3,000.
As of this writing, Kent Thune did not personally hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities, although some of his client accounts hold VGTSX. Under no circumstances does this information represent a recommendation to buy or sell securities.