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ETFs

ETFs (exchange-traded funds) combine the diversification of mutual funds with lower investment minimum and real-time pricing.

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What’s an ETF?

An ETF is a collection of hundreds or thousands of stocks or bonds, managed by experts, in a single fund that trades on major stock exchanges, like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

Vanguard ETF® strategies

A strategy is the general or specific approach to investing based off your goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon. See what’s best for you.

Core ETFs

Build a fully diversified portfolio with our 4 total market ETFs that cover nearly all aspects of the U.S. and international stock and bond markets.

ESG ETFs

Complement your portfolio with funds that reflect your values and consider environmental, social, and governance issues (ESG).

Short term ETFs

These ETFs offer higher risk and reward potential than cash investments. 

Pay $0 commission to trade ETFs & stocks online in your Vanguard Brokerage Account

Trade every Vanguard ETF® and about 1,800 ETFs from other companies commission-free through your Vanguard Brokerage Account.

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See how other companies’ funds can work for you

Your brokerage account gives you access to a wide variety of ETFs—many without commissions—from hundreds of companies.

Help your money grow at Vanguard

Investing in ETFs offers benefits you may not get from trading individual stocks or bonds on your own.

Competitive long-term returns

Over the past 10 years, 75% of Vanguard ETFs® beat the returns of their peer-group averages.*

Better prices for your trades

Of all Vanguard ETF Shares bought and sold through a Vanguard account, 98% were executed at a better price than the quoted market price.**

Lower taxes

In the past 5 years, 85% of all Vanguard ETFs have had no taxable capital gains distributions.***

Lower expense ratios

Our average ETF expense ratio is 75% less than the industry average.†

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ETFs vs mutual funds: A comparison

There are funds for every investor. Find one that’s right for you.

Choosing between funds & individual securities

You can choose to add both to your portfolio. See why it matters.

How much should you invest in stocks or bonds?

See how 9 model portfolios have performed in the past.

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For more information about Vanguard funds or 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.

*For the 10-year period ended September 30, 2021, 39 of 52 Vanguard stock ETFs and 9 of 12 Vanguard bond ETFs—for a total of 48 of 64 Vanguard ETFs—outperformed their Lipper peer-group averages. Results will vary for other time periods. Only ETFs with a minimum 10-year history were included in the comparison. Source: Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company. The competitive performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. View ETF performance

**Source: IHS Markit RegOne. Includes market orders entered from January 2, 2020, through December 31, 2020, during market hours with share sizes from 1 to 1,999. Excludes orders received during locked, crossed, or fast markets or during destination outages.

***Source: Morningstar, Inc., as of December 31, 2020.

†Vanguard average ETF expense ratio: 0.06%. Industry average ETF expense ratio: 0.24%. All averages are asset-weighted. Industry averages exclude Vanguard. Sources: Vanguard and Morningstar, Inc., as of December 31, 2021.

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.

Vanguard Personal Advisor Services and Vanguard Digital Advisor's services are provided by Vanguard Advisers, Inc. ("VAI"), a federally registered investment advisor. VAI is a subsidiary of The Vanguard Group, Inc. (“VGI”), and an affiliate of Vanguard Marketing Corporation. Neither VGI, VAI, nor its affiliates guarantee profits or protection from losses. 

You must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares through Vanguard Brokerage Services (we offer them commission-free) or through another broker (which may charge commissions). See the Vanguard Brokerage Services commission and fee schedule for full details. Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable directly with the issuing fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. ETFs are subject to market volatility. When buying or selling an ETF, you will pay or receive the current market price, which may be more or less than net asset value.

Investments in stocks or bonds issued by non-U.S. companies are subject to risks including country/regional risk and currency risk.

Bond funds are subject to the risk that an issuer will fail to make payments on time, and that bond prices will decline because of rising interest rates or negative perceptions of an issuer's ability to make payments. 

ESG funds are subject to ESG investment risk, which is the chance that the stocks or bonds screened by the index provider for ESG criteria generally will underperform the market as a whole or, in the aggregate, will trail returns of other funds screened for ESG criteria. The index provider’s assessment of a company, based on the company’s level of involvement in a particular industry or the index provider’s own ESG criteria, may differ from that of other funds or of the advisor’s or an investor’s assessment of such company. As a result, the companies deemed eligible by the index provider may not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor and may not exhibit positive or favorable ESG characteristics. The evaluation of companies for ESG screening or integration is dependent on the timely and accurate reporting of ESG data by the companies. Successful application of the screens will depend on the index provider’s proper indentation and analysis of ESG data.