| Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF is an open-end management investment company. The Fund seeks to track the investment performance of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Europe, Australasia, Far East (EAFE) Index (the MSCI EAFE Index). The Fund employs an indexing approach to provide exposure to equity markets in Europe and the Pacific region. The MSCI EAFE Index represents primarily large-capitalization companies in developed equity markets throughout Europe and the Pacific region. The MSCI EAFE Index includes exposure to more than 1,100 securities in 21 countries. As of Dec 31 2013, the Fund's investment portfolio was valued at $21,549,878,000. The VEA YTD return is shown above.
The YTD Return on the VEA YTD return page and across the coverage universe of our site,
is a measure of the total return for a given investment year-to-date for the current calendar year
(up to the end of prior trading session). Arguably, choosing the current calendar year for a measurement
period is on the one hand completely arbitrary, but on the other hand a year-to-date look can be extremely
useful in the context of our country's tax system which taxes gains and income on a calendar year basis.
Thus, researching Year-To-Date Returns is good practice for investors — whether VEA YTD return or other benchmarks/peers
— and when doing so it is also important to factor in dividends, because a financial instrument's YTD return is
more than just the change in price if that instrument pays a dividend or coupon. Our website aims to empower investors
by performing the VEA YTD return calculation (with any dividends reinvested as applicable), and to provide a
coverage universe of many stocks and ETFs to be able to compare YTD returns.