Vanguard Group has scrapped a longstanding prohibition on mutual fund orders after 2:30 p.m., moving it to the standard 4 p.m. deadline, even though the industry has begun debating rolling that deadline up, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Vanguard originally imposed the ban to block market timers and other types of trading activities considered harmful to its shareholders but has since increased its use of short-term redemption fees restrictive trading guidelines to achieve the same goals.

As an example, Vanguard typically limits its mutual fund shareholders to four trades per year and has implemented internal systems to closely watch exchanges between funds.
Vanguard's relaxed trading hours apply only to telephone and Internet exchanges between stock index funds, domestic sector index funds, international stock index funds and a handful of additional investments, such as real estate index and international funds. Vanguard's high-net-worth customers who worked with private wealth management specialists were previously exempt from the early trading deadline.

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