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Get into the market for individual stocks & ETFs

Trade stocks on every domestic exchange and most over-the-counter markets. Here's how you can navigate.


  • Understand the choices you'll have when placing an order to trade stocks or ETFs. Then follow our simple online trading process.
  • Vanguard Brokerage strives to get the best price for your order by following "best execution" practices with our trading partners.
  • It's easy to check the status of your trade online after you place it.

Know what you want to do

Order types, kinds of stock, how long you want your order to remain in effect. These are just some of the things to think about before you place a trade.

Where do orders go?

When you place a trade with us, we route your order to our trading partners and strive to get you the best price.

Trading ETFs—same or different?

Because ETFs (exchange-traded funds) are bought and sold like stocks, trading them is really no different. But there are some best practices you can follow.

Is margin investing for you?

Investing on margin is a risky strategy that's not for novice investors. But for experienced investors, it can increase buying power.

What happens after you place a trade?

It's easy to track your orders online and find out the status. Learn how you can cancel a trade too. Just log in to your accounts and go to Order status.

Take care to avoid mistakes

Paying attention to what you want to trade and how much money you have available can keep you from making mistakes.

What's next?

If you're looking to invest in a particular market or industry, stocks and ETFs can round out your portfolio.

Get complete portfolio management

We can help you custom-develop and implement your financial plan, giving you greater confidence that you're doing all you can to reach your goals.

Saving for retirement or college?

Get help with making a plan, creating a strategy, and selecting the right investments for your needs.

Already know what you want?

From mutual funds and ETFs to stocks and bonds, find all the investments you're looking for, all in one place.


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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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Settlement fund

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