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How to buy an ETF

You need a brokerage account to invest in ETFs (exchange-traded funds). If you have any questions along the way, we're happy to help.
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Open your account online in about 10 minutes

It doesn't take long to open an account if you have some information handy, such as your Social Security and bank account numbers.

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Step 3

Add money to your settlement fund

For newly opened brokerage accounts, you must have money in your settlement fund before you can buy an ETF.

Fractional investing allows you to trade a Vanguard ETF for any dollar amount you choose, regardless of the ETF’s share price.

Electronically transfer money into your settlement fund (logon required)

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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 schedules for limits. 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.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.