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Navigate taxes in retirement

No need to stress about taxes—our advisors can help pre-retirees and retirees age 59½ and older with these 3 key questions:

Your recommended strategy considers a variety of factors, including life expectancy outcomes, to help determine the optimal time for you and your spouse or partner to begin collecting Social Security to maximize your lifetime benefit.

Every year, you'll receive direction on whether Roth conversions will help reduce your overall taxes throughout your retirement (considering tax brackets and other personalized details), and, if so, how much to convert.

Your recommendation goes beyond standard guidance to meet your spending needs and incorporate your legacy goals while striving to minimize taxes. 

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You'll pay just 0.30% on the assets you invest with us. That's no more than $30 in fees for every $10,000 in your portfolio, which covers access to a financial advisor, your customized goals-based financial plan, and ongoing investment advice. (Note that this fee doesn't include investment expense ratios, but we generally recommend using low-cost Vanguard funds to build your portfolio.)

You'll need to invest a minimum of $500,000 to work with our advisors, and we'll waive any fund minimums for you. The following types of Vanguard accounts count toward the minimum:

  • Individual accounts (mutual fund or brokerage).
  • IRAs.
  • Trust accounts.

We can't advise you on the following types of accounts (and they don't count toward the minimum), but we can still include them in your plan and give you guidance that you can implement yourself:

  • Ineligible 401(k) and 403(b) accounts.
  • i401(k) accounts.
  • 529 accounts.
  • UGMA/UTMA accounts.
  • Other investment accounts you hold outside of Vanguard.


Vanguard is one of the largest investment companies in the world with decades of experience and global recognition. Our highly respected investment managers, researchers, strategists, and economists have developed a deep expertise in all areas of investing. You'll get access to the best thinking of these Vanguard experts along with a customized plan based on your personal goals that applies our methodologies to your situation. On top of that, our financial advisors are ready to help when you need it, by phone, email, or videochat.

Personal Advisor Select might be a good fit for you if:

  • You have questions about investing.
  • You want a smart strategy to save for things like: funding your retirement, saving for college tuition, buying a home, or starting a business.
  • You don't enjoy making investment decisions or you'd rather spend your time doing other things. (You want someone else to keep an eye on your portfolio for you.)
  • It's tough to stick to a long-term plan or you often react to market volatility.
  • You have to make complex financial decisions (Social Security, health care funding, or withdrawing retirement savings) and want help making these decisions.
  • You believe in the power of diversification, low costs, and a long-term view.
  • You want help managing your investments in a tax-efficient manner and want to take advantage of tax-loss harvesting.*

If you're looking for an advisor who will identify "hot" investment trends and actively trade to beat the market, Personal Advisor Select is NOT the right fit for you.

To review some questions you should ask if you're considering financial advice, read the Advisor Client Relationship Summary (Form CRS) conversation starter questions.

You can also get important details about this service, including asset-based service levels and fee breakpoints, in the Vanguard Personal Advisor Select Brochure.

Focusing on investors' best interests is what Vanguard was built on. We were founded on the mission to take a stand for investors to help give them the best possible chance for success. Learn more about our investment philosophy and company history

Personal Advisor Select is held to fiduciary standards under applicable regulations. (Meaning our advisors are required to act in your best interests at all times.) Also, our advisors don't receive commissions.

We've always believed that successful investing can be simpler than many people think, but decades of experience have taught us that not everyone is as passionate about investing as we are—and that's okay.

For people who aren't as interested in creating and monitoring an in-depth financial plan (or delving into the nuances of asset allocation, rebalancing, taxes, and goal prioritization), we're here to help. We also believe that talking to an advisor can be helpful if things get a bit stormy, whether it's in the market or your personal life.

First, you'll fill us in on some information (things like your needs and goals, including a timeline for each, and information on your non-Vanguard assets). You can do this online or over the phone. Then you'll set up a time to speak to an advisor. The advisor will get to know you, answer any questions you have, and make sure we have everything we need to build your customized financial plan.

Once your plan is created (within a few weeks), you'll meet with an advisor again to go through it. At that time, you can decide whether the plan and the service are a good fit for you—with no obligation.

You can get started online or by phone. Be ready to tell us about your investment objectives for funding your retirement, saving for college, paying off debt, buying a home, or other goals, and a timeline for each one. We'll also need an estimate of your income and spending needs, as well as information on any non-Vanguard assets or income (including an approximation of your expected Social Security benefits). Then you'll schedule a time to meet with an advisor and you're on your way!

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See what Vanguard Personal Advisor Select can do for you.


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*Tax-loss harvesting involves certain risks, including, among others, the risk that the new investment could have higher costs than the original investment and could introduce portfolio tracking error into your accounts. There may also be unintended tax implications. We recommend that you carefully review the terms of the consent and consult a tax advisor before taking action.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

We recommend that you consult a tax or financial advisor about your individual situation.

For more information about Vanguard funds or Vanguard ETFs, visit vanguard.com to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information about a fund are contained in the prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.

Vanguard is investor-owned, meaning the fund shareholders own the funds, which in turn own Vanguard. Our retail direct investment advisory strategies, in turn, are built on core investments in the Vanguard funds.

Vanguard’s advice services are provided by Vanguard Advisers, Inc. (“VAI”), a registered investment advisor, or by Vanguard National Trust Company (“VNTC”), a federally chartered, limited-purpose trust company. 

The services provided to clients will vary based upon the service selected, including management, fees, eligibility, and access to an advisor. Find VAI’s Form CRS and each program’s advisory brochure here for an overview.

VAI and VNTC are subsidiaries of the Vanguard Group, Inc., and affiliates of Vanguard Marketing Corporation. Neither VAI, VNTC, nor its affiliates guarantee profits or protection from losses.