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Planning for retirement

Get the most out of your savings with an advisor

Making your savings last and keeping your taxes low takes planning and attention. We can help you save time and earn more.
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Why get advice from Vanguard Personal Advisor Services?

1. The reassurance you're doing everything you should

Saving money for retirement over the years may not have been easy, but it was probably relatively straightforward.

Spending your retirement money can be a lot more complicated—and it's important to make the right decisions that will help your savings last.

Your questions are as personal as you are and might include:

  • How can I generate income when bond yields are low?
  • Which should I withdraw from first—my IRA or my taxable accountRoth or traditional? Dividends or principal?
  • Should I buy an annuity? What kind?
  • How can I keep my taxes as low as possible?
  • What's the best way to leave money to my family and support causes that are important to me?

A Vanguard advisor will custom-develop a plan that's based on your personal goals and financial situation, and then guide and coach you as much as you want—giving you the confidence that you're doing all you can to reach your goals.

And because your advisor spends time getting to know you and your goals, you can trust that every decision will be made with your best interests in mind.

2. More money for retirement

Our advisors follow investing principles we've developed over the past 40 years. Research shows that an advisor who provides the below investment strategies and guidance can add meaningful value compared to the average investor experience.*

An advisor will:

Use low-cost investments to build your portfolio. Our advisors aren't paid extra to sell you investments you don't need. Instead, they'll choose a mix of low-cost, diversified stock and bond funds that keep more of your money working for you.

Minimize your taxes. The less you pay in taxes, the longer your money can last. That's why our advisors focus on withdrawing your retirement money in a way that keeps your taxes low.

Serve as an investing coach. During times when the market rises or falls, many people are tempted to abandon their carefully crafted investment plans. Our advisors serve as investing coaches and will help keep you on course.


If you worry about your spouse or other family member having to manage your investments someday, we can help.

You can work with a personal advisor as closely as you'd like right now—developing a relationship with someone who will be ready to continue overseeing your accounts for your loved ones later on.

What does advice cost at Vanguard?

Just as we reinvented investing with our low-cost mutual funds, we've reinvented retirement solutions—by giving you the chance to get customized advice at a low cost.

The annual cost for Vanguard Personal Advisor Services is only 0.30% of the assets you enroll. That's just $3 for every $1,000 enrolled.

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We're here to help

Talk with one of our investment specialists

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time

*Source: Donald G. Bennyhoff and Francis M. Kinniry Jr., 2016. Valley Forge, Pa.: The Vanguard Group.

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

Vanguard Personal Advisor Services are provided by Vanguard Advisers, Inc., a registered investment advisor, or by Vanguard National Trust Company, a federally chartered, limited purpose trust company.

The services provided to clients who elect to receive ongoing advice will vary based upon the amount of assets in a portfolio. Please review the Form CRS and Vanguard Personal Advisor Services Brochure  for important details about the service, including its asset based service levels and fee breakpoints.

VAI is a subsidiary of VGI and an affiliate of VMC. Neither VAI nor its affiliates guarantee profits or protection from losses.