I thought it was a bit strange that Vanguard would be using a large competitor to manage its funds.About ClearBridge
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Vanguard recently announced an advisor change to Explorer Fund and, toward the end, it states:
Many of Vanguard's actively managed funds have outside advisors. These are often, but not always, competitors. Wellington Management, pretty much the oldest advisor to a Vanguard Fund, is a case in point. Vanguard Primecap is managed by a company that has its own funds too. Thus, there is nothing unusual about this.