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Old 02-06-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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VG ETF for international?

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I'm buying some ETFs in my Vanguard taxable account. I'll use VTI for total US stock market, but what is the equivalent -- or a good substitute for -- the Total International Stock Market Index fund?

Would that be VEU (all world except US?)

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Old 02-06-2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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No, not VEU. Instead use Vanguard Total International Stock Index. There is the ETF share class.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

I'm buying some ETFs in my Vanguard taxable account. I'll use VTI for total US stock market, but what is the equivalent -- or a good substitute for -- the Total International Stock Market Index fund?

Would that be VEU (all world except US?)

Thanks!
VEU is what I used. Purists will note that it doesn't contain international small caps, but I see that as worrying about a fraction of a fraction. VEU is about a quarter of my equity holdings, or an eighth of the whole portfolio, so that missing small cap international slice would be a very small fraction of the portfolio, too small for me to bother with.
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I use VEU for International Large cap. It is equivalent to VFWIX. Low bid/ask spread (usually 1 cent) and ER.
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First time poster here,

Take a look at VXUS, will add some small caps, more of a total market approach if you prefer that.

The ER for VXUS = .20% compared to .22% for VEU.

VXUS if a farily new fund, I think less than a year old but its building, the bid/ask spread can get a little wild at times, 6 cents right now, 1 cent for VEU.
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