It's really a good idea to get in the habit of finding some of this basic information for yourself.DaleM wrote:Question: Do I get an international exposure with VTI? If not, what would be a comparable international ETF to VTI (very broad based, including emerging markets, and very low cost).
Yes. Meaning that possibly for some investors, particularly those who want to hold the total world according to market capitalization, it could be the one single stock mutual fund they need. (Since I personally prefer a lower percentage of international I use separate funds, and even if you want to hold according to global market capitalization is not clear whether it offers much advantage over separate funds other than convenience).DaleM wrote:ESince nisiprius gave me a little quiz, here are some answers:
1. What's the difference between Total World Stock (VT) and Total International Stock (VXUS)
Answer: VT includes USA, VXUS does not.
VXUS, but it's sort of a trick question. VEU and VXUS are extremely similar. The existence of VEU is probably an historical accident, something cooked up quickly by Vanguard to plug a hole in their ETF lineup during a time when Total International's structure as a fund-of-funds didn't permit them to create an ETF version. VXUS has basically superseded VEU. The differences between the two are tiny but all of those differences seem to favor VXUS. Slightly lower expenses, and it's an all-cap fund (but actually has little midcaps and almost no small caps).2. What's the difference between Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU) and Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS)? Does one contain emerging and other other not?
Answer: I don't know, except for minor percentage differences (expense ratio for both is the same at 0.18%), both contain emerging markets.
So, why should I pick VEU over VXUS (or vice versa)?
No, VEU does have Canada.pkcrafter wrote:VEU does not have Canada or small caps, VXUS does.
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