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RaboPlus adds eight Vanguard funds to platform

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RaboPlus has added eight index funds from Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd to add to its online managed funds platform.

RaboPlus has added eight index funds from Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd to add to its online managed funds platform.

RaboPlus is also reducing the brokerage on Vanguard’s funds from 0.50 per cent to 0.25 per cent until 31 July 2009.

Tim Hewson (pictured), RaboPlus investments manager, says: "Indexing has always been regarded as an important way for investors to gain cost effective exposure to the markets and also achieve portfolio diversification with the benefit of professional investment management.

"Vanguard is a well credentialled fund manager with a long history of delivering on their investment objectives. In February, Morningstar awarded Vanguard the Fixed Interest Fund Manager of 2008, and we are delighted to include this and other funds in our line-up."

The new funds on offer are: Vanguard Australian Shares Index Fund; Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield Fund; Vanguard International Shares Index Fund; Vanguard International Shares Index Fund (Hedged); Vanguard Australian Fixed Interest Index; Vanguard International Fixed Interest Index Fund (Hedged); Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index Fund; and Vanguard International Property Securities Index Fund (Hedged).

Robin Bowerman, Vanguard head of retail, says: "Vanguard is very enthusiastic about our new partnership with RaboPlus which will offer retail investors a unique access point to Vanguard’s wholesale index management expertise."

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