Can Vanguard's New Emerging-Markets Fund Beat Its Own Index Fund?

The fund family that’s best known for indexing is offering a worthy competitor to its own index fund. Which should you buy?

If ever there were an investment category that appeared tailor-made for talented fund managers to excel, it’s emerging markets.

The reason is simple: It’s hard digging up information about companies in exotic locales thousands of miles away from our borders. A manager who is smart and diligent can add value by uncovering nuggets that others miss.

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Steven Goldberg
Contributing Columnist,
Steve has been writing for Kiplinger's for more than 25 years. As an associate editor and then senior associate editor, he covered mutual funds for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine from 1994-2006. He also authored a book, But Which Mutual Funds? In 2006 he joined with Jerry Tweddell, one of his best sources on investing, to form Tweddell Goldberg Investment Management to manage money for individual investors. Steve continues to write a regular column for and enjoys hearing investing questions from readers. You can contact Steve at 301.650.6567 or