Our history in active management dates back to when Vanguard first took a stand for investors in 1975. We have since grown to become one of the world’s largest active managers, with more than £1 trillion in assets under management globally*.
Whether managed internally, or using carefully selected 3rd parties, we believe our active edge is built on three core principles: we look for world class talent, we are patient, allowing alpha to materialise over time, and we keep costs low to allow investors to keep more of their return.
£1.2 trillion +
*Source Vanguard. Data as at December 31, 2020
**Source: Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company. Data refers to Vanguard Active funds globally. Data as at December 31, 2020. For the ten-year period, 9 of 9 Vanguard money market funds, 39 of 44 bond funds, 9 of 9 balanced funds, and 32 of 37 stock funds, or 89 of 99 Vanguard funds outperformed their peer group averages. Results will vary for other time periods. Only funds with a minimum ten-year history were included in the comparison. Note that the competitive performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results, and that all investments are subject to risks.
High investment costs, lack of discipline and frequent personnel turnover act as headwinds to active-investing success. We work to remove these headwinds, whether through our experienced internal active managers or the external managers who earn our confidence.
When evaluating managers, we focus on strict qualitative criteria, not short-term performance. Sometimes our search ends with our own investment teams. Sometimes we look outside of Vanguard to find suitable external managers who share our beliefs on the importance of low costs, talented teams and long-term perspectives.
Active fixed income
Our focus on generating consistent risk-adjusted returns means we take a long-term, sophisticated approach that emphasises smart risk taking, and true-to-label fund performance.
4Source Vanguard. Data as at January 6, 2021. The OCF refers to the Investor GBP hedged Acc and Investor GBP hedged Dist share classes. The Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) covers the fund manager’s costs of managing the fund. It does not include dealing costs or additional costs such as audit fees.
5Source Vanguard. Data as at January 6, 2021. The OCF refers to the Investor GBP hedged Acc share class. The Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) covers the fund manager’s costs of managing the fund. It does not include dealing costs or additional costs such as audit fees.
Our active multi-asset fund is the sister fund to the world’s longest running and largest multi-asset fund, the Vanguard Wellington Fund. Staying true to a philosophy that dates back to 1928, the fund aims to generate long-term growth by investing in quality companies, purchased when they are out of favour by the market.
By combining managers in many of our active equity funds, we can layer in a number of advantages, including balance, diversity of thought and robust risk control.
Vanguard Global Equity Fund
Vanguard Global Emerging Markets Fund
Vanguard Global Equity Income Fund
6Source Vanguard. Data as at January 6,2021. The OCF refers to the GBP Acc and GBP Dist share classes. The Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF) covers the fund manager’s costs of managing the fund. It does not include dealing costs or additional costs such as audit fees.
Important risk information:
The value of investments, and the income from them, may fall or rise and investors may get back less than they invested.
For further information on risks please see the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus on our website.