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Vanguard International Funds Get Exchange-Traded Shares

Three international index funds will offer Viper share class.

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Investors soon will be able to buy and sell shares in three of the Vanguard Group's International stock index funds throughout the day on an exchange. The Valley Forge, Penn.-based fund family plans to sell exchange-traded, Viper class shares of its $5 billion Vanguard European Stock (VEURX), $1.9 billion Pacific Stock (VPACX), and $1 billion Emerging Markets Stock (VEIEX) index funds.

If the Securities and Exchange Commission approves the new Vipers (an acronym for Vanguard Index Participation Equity Receipts), Vanguard's family of exchange-traded funds will grow to five and gain some international flavor. Vanguard currently offers Viper shares for two of its domestic stock index funds: Vanguard Total Stock Market (VTSMX) and Extended Market (VEXMX).

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Dan Culloton does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.