VWO expense ratio drops to match Schwab's SCHE

|By:, SA News Editor

Falling from 18 basis points to 15, the annual expense ratio of Vanguard's FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO +0.2%) now matches the cheapest-in-class, Schwab's Emerging Markets Equity ETF (SCHE +0.3%). BlackRock's recent entry as an ultra-cheap emerging markets fund, the iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG +0.2%), for the moment continues with an expense ratio of 18 bps.

Broad emerging market ETFs: EEM, VWO, EDC, EDZ, SCHE, IEMG, EEV, PIE, ADRE, EUM, EET, GMM, EEME, EMCR, DBEM, FEM, EWEM, EMLB, EMSA, EMFT, QEM, EMDR

Other lower expense ratios from Vanguard: The FTSE All-World ex-U.S. Small Cap ETF (VSS +0.7%) down 20% to 20 bps, Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF (VNQI +0.3%) down 15.6% to 27 bps. Total International Stock ETF (VXUS +0.5%) down 12.5% to 14 bps, Total World Stock ETF (VT +0.5%) down 5.3% to 18 bps.