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Not all index funds are created equal

Does your index fund invest in you?

Vanguard was founded on a simple but revolutionary idea—that an investment company shouldn't have any outside owners. That's why we're structured the way we are: Our funds own our company, and investors like you own our funds.

We're never distracted by the demands of private owners or other outside interests. So as more investors choose our index funds and new economies of scale help us lower costs, those benefits are passed directly to you.

While other companies are just catching on to the power of low-cost investing, it's what we were built to do. And we have the math to prove it: In the past 7 years alone, lower expense ratios saved index investors like you over $725 million.1

Over $725 million
in estimated cumulative savings over the past 7 years based on total assets under management.

Nearly $4 trillion
invested in Vanguard index mutual funds and ETFs.1

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Vanguard index funds stand above the rest

We started the indexing revolution and have led the charge for the entire investment community ever since. It's our structure that empowers us to keep striving to give you the absolute best.

An enviable cost advantage

The average expense ratio across our index mutual funds and ETFs is 65% less than the industry average.2

Consistent long-term returns

82% of our index mutual funds and ETFs have performed better than their peer-group averages over the last 10 years.3

Unmatched expertise

We launched the first index fund for individual investors in 1976. And we've been perfecting our benchmark selection and tracking skills every day since.

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Find the right index fund for you

Whether your investment goals are near or far, you can find the right combination of low-cost index mutual funds and ETFs (exchange-traded funds) to suit your needs.

Stock funds

Align with stock market performance to give you the potential for long-term growth.

Bond funds

Offset some of the risk of investing in stocks and provide the potential for income.

Balanced funds

Combine the benefits of investing in both stocks and bonds in a single fund.

International funds

Increase diversification by giving you exposure to investment opportunities around the world.

Sector & specialty funds

Provide access to specific industries, like energy, real estate, and health care.

Target-date funds

Our Target Retirement Funds help give you a straightforward approach to your retirement savings.

Index funds for any portfolio

When you're offering a client financial advice or investing on someone else's behalf, consider how Vanguard index funds could help them reach their goals.


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ETFs (exchange-traded funds)

ETFs—like mutual funds—are broadly diversified collections of individual stocks or bonds.

But while mutual funds are only priced at the end of each trading day, ETFs have real-time prices that change throughout the trading day.

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A strategy intended to lower your chances of losing money on your investments.

Diversification can be achieved in many ways, including spreading your investments across:

  • Multiple asset classes, by buying a combination of stocks, bonds, and cash.
  • Multiple holdings, by buying many bonds and stocks (which you can do through a single ETF or mutual fund) instead of only 1 or a few.
  • Multiple geographic regions, by buying a combination of U.S. and international investments.
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Estimated cumulative savings

Cumulative figure for all share classes from the 2013 calendar year through the 2019 calendar year for Vanguard's U.S.-domiciled index mutual funds and ETFs. Estimated savings is the difference between prior and current expense ratios multiplied by average assets under management (AUM). Average AUM is based on month-end assets, which are then averaged over the 12 months of the calendar year. Ending assets are as of December 31, 2019.