Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vanguard's Canadian ETFs Begin Trading Today

Vanguard's first 6 Canadian ETFs begin trading today (see the list below).  Note that the MERs consist of slightly more than the management fees listed.  The most interesting of these to me is VCE as a potential replacement for XIU for Canadian stocks.  However, I plan to wait and see that all goes smoothly in the first few months of trading.  I have little interest in the bleeding edge when it comes to new securities.

VCE (Mgmt fee 0.09%) Vanguard MSCI Canada Index ETF

VUS (Mgmt fee 0.15%) Vanguard MSCI U.S. Broad Market Index ETF (CAD-hedged)

VEF (Mgmt fee 0.37%) Vanguard MSCI EAFE Index ETF (CAD-hedged)

VEE (Mgmt fee 0.49%) Vanguard MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF

VAB (Mgmt fee 0.20%) Vanguard Canadian Aggregate Bond Index ETF

VSB (Mgmt fee 0.15%) Vanguard Canadian Short-Term Bond Index ETF


  1. "the bleeding edge"... hmmm, what might be the potential pitfalls of buying into newly issued ETFs? If anyone can comment, thanks!

    (FYI, I'm a novice investor--mutual funds only so far--but have been reading a lot--thanks for your blog!!!--and am planning on moving my $200k portfolio to ETFs by the end of the year, and was thinking a couple of the Vanguard ones look pretty good)

  2. @Anonymous: I agree that the Vanguard ETFs look pretty good. I don't have any particular expectation for problems, but I'm happy to let others test the waters anyway.

  3. I am interested in the Vanguard Canadian bond funds but I can't find anything about them. Not even on the Vanguard web page. Neither of my online brokers, one of which is the Canadian bank Toronto Dominion (thru TD Ameritrade) even recognizes the symboles VSB or VAB. Why is this? I think these are traded on the Toronto exchange but why is there no information?

  4. @Anonymous: I was able to get quotes for VSB and VAB on the TMX web site: http://www.tmx.com/

    I found information about the Vanguard Canada funds at https://www.vanguardcanada.ca/portal/ca/en/etfs/etfs.jsp