TimesSquare Capital Management, LLC (TimesSquare Capital), will be added as an advisor, a new relationship for Vanguard. Schroder Investment Management North America Inc. (Schroders) and Wellington Management Company LLP (Wellington Management) will continue to serve as advisors to the fund.
Founded in 2000, TimesSquare Capital is a New York-based small- and mid-capitalization growth equity specialist. Seeking superior risk-adjusted returns, TimesSquare Capital’s international small-cap investment team uses strong fundamental growth equity research skills to help build a diversified stock portfolio.
The team is led by Magnus Larsson, senior vice president of the firm, who has more than 20 years of experience investing in non-U.S. small-cap stocks.
Approximately 70% of the International Explorer Fund’s assets are managed by Schroders and approximately 30% of its assets are managed by Wellington Management. TimesSquare Capital is expected to become the third advisor by the end of August 2017. The firm will start with a modest allocation of less than 5% of the fund’s overall assets, with its allocation expected to grow over time. The fund’s board of trustees determines the proportion of the fund’s assets to be managed by each advisor and may change these proportions at any time.
The expense ratio of the International Explorer Fund is not expected to change, and the fund’s investment objective and principal investment strategies will remain the same. Its characteristics—including valuations, market capitalization profile, and sector allocations—will be similar to what they are now.
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About TimesSquare Capital
The firm manages approximately $17.2 billion across domestic and international equity mandates as of June 30, 2017. After separating from its original parent company in 2004, TimesSquare Capital became a strategic partner of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.