Vanguard VIF International Portfolio
The Portfolio seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation.
The Portfolio invests predominantly in the stocks of companies located outside the United States and is expected to diversify its assets in countries across developed and emerging markets. In selecting stocks, the Portfolio’s advisors evaluate foreign markets around the world and choose large-, mid-, and small-capitalization companies considered to have above-average growth potential. The Portfolio uses multiple investment advisors. Each advisor independently selects and maintains a portfolio of common stocks for the Portfolio.
• Investment style risk, which is the chance that returns from non-U.S. growth stocks and, to the extent that the Portfolio is invested in them, small- and mid-capitalization stocks, will trail returns from global stock markets. Historically, non-U.S. small- and mid-cap stocks have been more volatile in price than the large-cap stocks that dominate the global markets, and they often perform quite differently.
• Stock market risk, which is the chance that stock prices overall will decline. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices. In addition, investments in foreign stocks can be riskier than U.S. stock investments. Foreign stocks may be more volatile and less liquid than U.S. stocks. The prices of foreign stocks and the prices of U.S. stocks may move in opposite directions.
• Country/regional risk, which is the chance that world events—such as political upheaval, financial troubles, or natural disasters—will adversely affect the value of securities issued by companies in foreign countries or regions. Because the Portfolio may invest a large portion of its assets in securities of companies located in any one country or region, including emerging markets, the Portfolio’s performance may be hurt disproportionately by the poor performance of its investments in that area. Country/regional risk is especially high in emerging markets.
• Currency risk, which is the chance that the value of a foreign investment, measured in U.S. dollars, will decrease because of unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates. Currency risk is especially high in emerging markets.
• Manager risk, which is the chance that poor security selection will cause the Portfolio to underperform relevant benchmarks or other funds with a similar investment objective. In addition, significant investment in the consumer discretionary sector subjects the Portfolio to proportionately higher exposure to the risks of this sector.
|Year to Date||24.01%|
|Prior 3 Months||29.01%|
|Prior 1 Year||33.62%|
|Prior 3 Years||13.11%|
|Prior 5 Years||12.12%|
|Prior 10 Years||9.48%|
The performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and unit values will fluctuate so that units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investment Fund total return performance currently may be lower or higher than the figures stated above.
The total return performance data are based on a hypothetical investment of $1,000, which is redeemed at the end of the periods shown. The total return figures reflect the reinvestment of investment income and capital gains and losses, and are net of expenses which include a contract fee, an expense risk fee, administrative charges, a distribution expense charge and Underlying Funds fees and expenses.
The total return figures for periods extending beyond a year are average rates of return and do not reflect the Funds' actual year-to-year results, which varied over the periods shown. Contributions or withdrawals made within a period would experience different rates of return based on the unit values on the dates of such transactions.
Portfolio Turnover Rate(%): 16%**Excludes all short-term securities.
|Industry||% of Portfolio|
|Region||% of Portfolio|
|Company||% of Portfolio|
|Alibaba Group holding Ltd.||6.1%|
|Tencent Holdings Ltd.||6.1%|
|ASML Holding NV||5.4%|
|AIA Group Ltd.||2.7%|
James K. Anderson, Partner of Baillie Gifford & Co., which is the 100% owner of Baillie Gifford, and Head of Global Equities. He has managed assets with Baillie Gifford since 1985 and has managed a portion of the Portfolio since 2003 (co-managed since 2013). Education: B.A., University College, Oxford; Diploma, Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins University; M.A., Carleton Ottawa University. Thomas Coutts, Partner of Baillie Gifford & Co., which is the 100% owner of Baillie Gifford, and Chief of Investment Staff. He has worked in investment management with Baillie Gifford since 1999, has managed investment portfolios since 2001, and has co-managed a portion of the Portfolio since 2016. Education: B.A., Trinity College, Oxford. Simon Webber, CFA, Portfolio Manager at Schroders. He has worked in investment management since 1999, has managed assets for Schroders since 2001, and has managed a portion of the Portfolio since 2009. Education: B.Sc. from the University of Manchester.