Fund Facts  

Inception Date: Feb 7, 2019
CUSIP: 922042593
Ticker Symbol: VFSAX
Morningstar Category:Foreign Small/Mid Blend
As of Aug 31, 2022
Fund Net Assets ($millions) $8,290

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Description

Objective  

The investment seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of stocks of international small-cap companies.

Principal Investment Strategies  

The fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the FTSE Global Small Cap ex US Index. The advisor attempts to sample the target index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in common stocks in the index and by holding a representative sample of securities that resembles the full index in terms of key risk factors and other characteristics.

Principal Investment Risks  

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You may lose money by investing in the Fund. Please see the Fund’s prospectus or other disclosure documents for information about the Fund’s risks.

 

Performance & Expenses

Standard Performance As of Sep 30, 2022
Fund/Benchmark Name QtrYTD1-Yr3-Yr5-Yr10-YrSince Inception
Vngrd FTSE All-World ex-US Idxa-9.94%-30.44%-28.99%-0.89%N/AN/A-0.12%
FTSE Global Small Cap ex US (US RIC) (Net) Indexa,b-9.13%-30.22%-29.05%-0.70%-1.59%N/AN/A
Morningstar Foreign Small/Mid Blenda,c-10.38%-31.25%-30.66%-1.50%-1.84%4.26%N/A

Fund past performance, as shown, is no guarantee of how the Fund will perform in the future. The performance shown has been annualized for periods greater than one year. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For current performance, participants or plan sponsors in a MissionSquare Retirement administered account can log in at www.missionsq.org, or institutions can go to www.investments.missionsq.org.

Fund performance is shown comparing it to a "benchmark" which may be a (i) broad-based securities market index (ii) a group of mutual funds with similar investment objectives, or (iii) a short term government backed debt obligation such as a U.S. Treasury Bill. An index is not available for direct investment, is unmanaged, and does not reflect the costs of portfolio management or trading. A fund's portfolio may differ from the securities held in an index.

Fund Expensesa
Gross Expenses0.16%
Net Expenses0.16%

 

a. Certain information including, but not limited to, benchmark performance or other performance and/or fee information, is provided by Morningstar, Inc., © 2022 All rights reserved. This information: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of information. Morningstar is a registered trademark of Morningstar, Inc.

b. The FTSE Small Cap ex US (US RIC) (Net) Index is composed of small cap global stocks, providing coverage of Developed and Emerging Markets, excluding the US, and approximates the minimum possible dividend reinvestment after deduction of withholding tax according to FTSE's methodology.

c. The Morningstar category average return represents the average return for a category of funds with similar investment objectives and strategies. The average is calculated and funds are assigned to a category by Morningstar.

Distributions

Dividends and Capital Gains  
Record Date Ex/Payable Date Income/Capital Gains Paid Per Share
Sep 16, 2022Sep 16, 2022$0.033600000
Jun 17, 2022Jun 17, 2022$0.086000000
Dec 17, 2021Dec 17, 2021$0.608900000
Sep 17, 2021Sep 17, 2021$0.138700000
Jun 18, 2021Jun 18, 2021$0.133700000
 

Morningstar Information

Morningstar RatingTM   As of Sep 30, 2022
Period Stars Category Size
Overall 3 Stars82
3-Year 3 Stars82
5-Year N/A N/A
10-Year N/A N/A

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange–traded funds, closed–end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three–year history. Exchange–traded funds and open–ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk–Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product′s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three–, five–, and 10–year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three–year rating for 36–59 months of total returns, 60% five–year rating/40% three–year rating for 60–119 months of total returns, and 50% 10–year rating/30% five–year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Morningstar Stylebox As of Sep 30, 2022
Equity Stylebox
Medium Blend
Allocation of Assets As of Aug 31, 2022
Type of Asset Percent
Equity95%
Fixed Income0%
Cash/Other5%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 
 

Characteristics

Allocation of Assets As of Aug 31, 2022
Asset ClassPercent
Domestic Stock0.9%
Foreign Stock94.1%
Domestic Bond0.0%
Foreign Bond0.0%
Preferred0.0%
Convertible0.0%
Cash4.7%
Other0.4%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 

Equity Sector As of Aug 31, 2022
SectorPercent
Industrials17.7%
Technology12.7%
Consumer Cyclical11.0%
Basic Materials10.7%
Financial Services10.6%
Real Estate9.8%
Healthcare5.9%
Energy5.0%
Consumer Defensive4.3%
Utilities4.1%
Communication Services2.8%

Exposure reflects equity securities only and will sum to the equity exposure of the fund.

 
Top Ten Country Exposure As of Aug 31, 2022
CountryPercent
Canada15.8%
Japan12.9%
United Kingdom8.1%
Taiwan7.1%
China5.0%
Australia5.0%
India4.9%
South Korea4.1%
Sweden3.5%
Switzerland2.7%
Top Ten Holdings As of Aug 31, 2022
Holding NamePercent
Tourmaline Oil Corp0.6%
WSP Global Inc0.5%
Emera Inc0.5%
Cameco Corp0.4%
First Quantum Minerals Ltd0.4%
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp0.3%
TFI International Inc0.3%
ARC Resources Ltd0.3%
West Fraser Timber Co.Ltd0.3%
Open Text Corp0.3%
 

Statistics

Portfolio Statistics As of Sep 30, 2022
Statistic3-Year5-Year
Beta0.99N/A
Alpha-0.49N/A
Standard Deviation22.85N/A
 
 

Footnotes

1.

Please read the fund's prospectus or disclosure materials carefully for a complete summary of all fees, expenses, investment objectives and strategies, risks, financial highlights, and performance information. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of the amount invested. Investors should carefully consider the information contained in the prospectus or disclosure materials before investing. To request a prospectus or disclosure materials, you may contact us by calling 800-669-7400, or log in at www.missionsq.org.

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Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on the fund's historical portfolio holdings. Placement of a fund in a particular Morningstar category does not mean that the fund will remain in that category or that it will invest primarily in securities consistent with its Morningstar category. A fund's investment strategy and portfolio holdings are governed by its prospectus, guidelines or other governing documents, not its Morningstar category.