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Hi everyone, apparently Vanguard is going to launch a new etf - Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund

Some of the features are:

  • estimated MER will be 0.20% for investors
  • hedged
  • only ex-US.
This has been a question on my mind for some time. We often hear that when buying equities (whether individual stocks or etfs), investors should think about ensuring that we diversify along geographic exposure.

I don't hear anything similar when it comes to bond exposure. Right now my bond exposure consists of TDB909 (TD's e-series bond fund) at 30% of my portfolio.

Is this new etf something we Canadian investors should consider in our own portfolios? I've read the opinions from Canadian Capitalist he explains that hedged equity ETFs have a tendency to be a drag on returns. I'm not sure if hedging would also have a similar effect on bond etfs.
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