I have two funds in my portfolio: developed and emerging. If I wanted to replicate an All World fund, such as Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund Investor Shares (VTWSX), how should I allocate my money between the developed and emerging funds?

Or, rephrasing the question: Which % of the global economy is considered "emerging"? Which % of the global economy is considered "developed"?

I thought about calculating it myself, but I couldn't help feeling that there should be a clear, concise answer somewhere.

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The company that runs the fund (Vanguard) on their website has the information on the general breakdown of their investments of that fund. They tell you that as of July 31st 2016 it is 8.7% emerging markets. They even specifically list the 7000+ companies they have purchased stocks in.

Of course the actual investment and percentages could [change every day].

Vanguard may publish on this Site, in the fund's holdings on the webpages, a detailed list of the securities (aggregated by issuer for money market funds) held in a Vanguard fund (portfolio holdings) as of the most recent calendar-quarter-end, 30 days after the end of the calendar quarter, except for Vanguard Market Neutral Fund (60 calendar days after the end of the calendar quarter), Vanguard index funds (15 calendar days after the end of the month), and Vanguard Money Market Funds (within five [5] business days after the last business day of the preceding month). Except with respect to Vanguard Money Market Funds, Vanguard may exclude any portion of these portfolio holdings from publication on this Site when deemed in the best interest of the fund.

  • Thank you. The spot on, swift answer I was looking for. I was shocked at first, seeing how there is no exact correspondence between country GDP over world GDP and country stock market presence over world stock market. Aug 22, 2016 at 14:39

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