Last updated: 10:12 / Thursday, 4 April 2019

Vanguard is Preparing to Launch its First Mexican Domiciled ETF

Vanguard is Preparing to Launch its First Mexican Domiciled ETF

Vanguard is seeking approval from local regulators to launch its first Mexican‐domiciled ETF that will seek to track the FTSE BIVA Index, providing investors access to a broad Mexican equity exposure.

This ETF will be the first local investment vehicle launched by Vanguard in Mexico and will complement their current ETF suite of international ETFs cross‐listed in the Mexican International Quotation System.

“The launch of this ETF reinforces Vanguard’s long‐term commitment to the Mexican market. Mexican equities are an important asset class in local portfolios and we strongly believe an ETF structure will enable our clients to efficiently access the local equity market. This product is unique as it seeks to track an inclusive and diversified index while maintaining a strong liquidity profile. Given its inclusiveness, this ETF will best serve investors – from large pension plans to individual investors ‐‐ who are looking to take a long‐term strategic allocation in Mexico.” said Juan Hernandez, Country Manager Vanguard México.

“This is a very exciting time for BIVA, as we are fulfilling our objective of contributing to the promotion, growth and modernization of the Mexican stock market. Receiving Vanguard along with their first local ETF, represents a great honor and reinforces our commitment towards providing investors with innovative products, as well as giving them exposure to companies of all sizes, not just the large ones, but medium and small as well.” Said María Ariza CEO BIVA.

The FTSE BIVA Index is designed to reflect the performance of liquid Mexican companies. The benchmark currently provides an unbiased representation of the Mexican equity universe, including FIBRAS (local REITs). All Mexican equity securities listed in the country are considered, allowing for new issues to be included as the local equity universe expands over time. This enables smaller companies to be part of the index contributing to a broader market liquidity.

BIVA, which is part of CENCOR, is considered among the most advanced stock exchanges due to its technology provided by NASDAQ who powers more than 70 markets worldwide, providing state‐of‐the‐ art standards. Its flagship index FSTE BIVA offers a modern, inclusive and representative benchmark of the Mexican market, comprised by companies of all sizes.

Vanguard has been conducting business in Mexico for more than 10 years. In 2017, the firm opened its first office in Mexico City to better support the Mexican Investors.Vanguard currently offers more than 70 US‐domiciled and UCITS ETFs cross‐listed in Mexico, and is the second largest ETF manager in the country.