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Get to know how online trading works

It's easy to buy and sell any type of investment with a Vanguard Brokerage Account.

Putting money in your account

Be prepared to pay for securities you purchase. Having money in your money market settlement fund makes it easy.

Buying & selling mutual funds

Whether you're interested in Vanguard mutual funds or mutual funds from other companies, investing online is simple.

Trading stocks & ETFs

Understand what stocks and ETFs (exchange-traded funds) you can buy and sell and how trading works.

Investing in CDs & bonds

Individual CDs (certificates of deposit) and bonds can round out your portfolio, but it helps to grasp the language of the marketplace.

Before you invest: Start by learning the basics

The markets are at your fingertips, and the choices can be dizzying. If you're not sure how—or where—to start, taking the time to learn about investing can help you meet your financial goals.

Decide what investments suit your goals and investing style

Finding the right investments starts with allocating your assets among stocks, bonds, and cash investments. Learn about these asset classes and more.

Stick with your investment plan

If you began your investment journey with a solid plan, your best chance to achieve your goals may be simply to keep an eye on the plan.


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Settlement fund

A money market mutual fund that holds the money you use to buy securities, as well as the proceeds whenever you sell.

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Mutual fund

A type of investment that pools shareholder money and invests it in a variety of securities. Each investor owns shares of the fund and can buy or sell these shares at any time. Mutual funds are typically more diversified, low-cost, and convenient than investing in individual securities, and they're professionally managed.

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An investment that represents part ownership in a corporation. Each share of stock is a proportional stake in the corporation's assets and profits.

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ETF (exchange-traded fund)

A type of investment with characteristics of both mutual funds and individual stocks. ETFs are professionally managed and typically diversified, like mutual funds, but they can be bought and sold at any point during the day using straightforward or sophisticated strategies.

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CD (certificate of deposit)

An insured, interest-bearing deposit that requires the depositor to keep the money invested for a specific period of time or face penalties. Brokered CDs can be traded on the secondary market.

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A loan made to a corporation or government in exchange for regular interest payments. The bond issuer agrees to pay back the loan by a specific date. Bonds can be traded on the secondary market.

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Stocks, bonds, money market instruments, and other investment vehicles.