Nine Vanguard Index Funds to Transition Benchmarks to CRSP and FTSE Indexes Business Wire VALLEY FORGE, Pa. -- April 16, 2013 Vanguard announced today that nine funds will transition to new target benchmarks, with eight domestic index funds moving to University of Chicago’s Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) indexes and one international index fund adopting a FTSE index, on April 17, 2013. The transitions are related to Vanguard’s October 2012 announcement that 22 funds would be adopting new indexes over several months. The nine funds scheduled to transition from MSCI benchmarks are listed below. Fund New Index Former Index Mega Cap Growth Index CRSP US Mega Cap Growth MSCI US Large Cap Fund Index Growth Index Mega Cap Value Index CRSP US Mega Cap Value MSCI US Large Cap Fund Index Value Index Growth Index Fund CRSP US Large Cap Growth MSCI US Prime Market Index Growth Index Value Index Fund CRSP US Large Cap Value MSCI US Prime Market Index Value Index Mid-Cap Growth Index CRSP US Mid Cap Growth MSCI US Mid Cap Fund Index Growth Index Mid-Cap Value Index CRSP US Mid Cap Value MSCI US Mid Cap Fund Index Value Index Small-Cap Growth Index CRSP US Small Cap Growth MSCI US Small Cap Fund Index Growth Index Small-Cap Value Index CRSP US Small Cap Value MSCI US Small Cap Fund Index Value Index Developed Markets Index FTSE Developed ex North MSCI EAFE Index Fund America Index With the change in benchmarks, the Vanguard Mega Cap 300 Growth Index Fund is renamed Vanguard Mega Cap Growth Index Fund and its two share classes are renamed Mega Cap Growth Index Fund Institutional Shares and Mega Cap Growth ETF. In addition, the Vanguard Mega Cap 300 Value Index Fund is renamed Vanguard Mega Cap Value Index Fund and its two share classes are renamed Mega Cap Value Index Institutional Shares and Mega Cap Value ETF. Vanguard has now successfully transitioned 18 of the 22 funds to new benchmarks. The CRSP and FTSE indexes are well constructed, offer comprehensive market coverage, and meet Vanguard’s "best practice" standards for market benchmarks. Vanguard also expects that the benchmark transitions will result in considerable cost savings for the funds’ shareholders over time in the form of lower expense ratios. In addition, the agreements with FTSE and CRSP are long term in nature and provide cost certainty going forward with respect to licensing costs, which have been escalating and represent a growing portion of the expenses that investors pay to own index products. 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About The Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) CRSP (Center for Research in Security Prices) is one of 11 research centers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The research organization pioneered the development of U.S. stock market data in 1960 that are widely used in academic and investment research. The CRSP Indexes capture broad U.S. equity market coverage and include securities traded on the NYSE, AMEX, NASDAQ and ARCA markets. Nearly 4,000 constituents across mega, large, mid, small and micro capitalizations, representing 100% of the U.S. investable equity market (or 99.5% of cumulative full market capitalization of U.S. equity), comprise the market-cap indexes. CRSP’s portfolio of historical databases for common stocks, mutual funds, Treasuries, REITs and research indexes is relied on by more than 435 leading academic institutions in 31 countries. It is also widely used for research in the commercial and governmental sectors. 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Nine Vanguard Index Funds to Transition Benchmarks to CRSP and FTSE Indexes
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