Vanguard's New International Fund Targets Dividend Growth

Investors may be skittish about buying international stocks, but this new Vanguard fund that targets stable dividend growers could ease their minds.

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International stocks have long been out of favor and somewhat volatile, which has some investors skittish about venturing overseas. But a new actively managed fund focused on companies that are committed to raising their dividends may offer a more stable ride. 

The Vanguard International Dividend Growth (VIDGX) launched in November. It's run by the same Wellington Management team that's behind Vanguard Dividend Growth (VDIGX), the longtime standout U.S. stock fund, and the two mutual funds share the same investment philosophy and approach. The new fund is designed, in fact, to be paired with the U.S.-focused Dividend Growth fund.

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.