Admiral Shares help lower your costs even more
Greater cost savings can help you build more wealth over time.
What are Admiral Shares?
Admiral™ Shares are a separate share class of Vanguard mutual funds that were created to pass along the savings that result from larger accounts to the investors who own them.
On average, Vanguard Admiral Shares expense ratios are:
- More than 20% lower than our standard Investor Share class.*
- More than 86% lower than the industry average.*
How do you qualify?
You must meet—and maintain**—a minimum investment of:
- $10,000 for most index funds.
- $50,000 for most actively managed funds.
- $100,000 for certain sector-specific index funds and tax-managed funds.
Existing clients: Are you eligible to convert?
We periodically reevaluate all of your fund accounts to see which ones might be eligible for Admiral Shares. If you're eligible and want to convert your shares—tax-free—we'll take care of it for you automatically.
If you don't want to wait, log on now. We'll show you which accounts are eligible and walk you through the steps to convert online.
Please remember that converting your Investor Shares to the Admiral Shares of a different fund may be taxable, depending on the type of account the funds are held in.
*Vanguard Admiral Shares average expense ratio: 0.15%. Vanguard Investor Shares average expense ratio: 0.19%. Industry average expense ratio: 1.08%. Sources: Vanguard and Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company, as of December 31, 2013.
**If your balance in the fund drops below the minimum requirement, your account may be automatically reclassified to Investor Shares. As with a conversion, this would be tax-free.
†The Morningstar study covered expense ratios from 2005 through 2008 and then tracked the funds' progress through March 2010. Total returns were measured as of the end of March 2010 for mutual funds that survived the study period. The study found that in every asset class over every time period, funds in the cheapest quintile produced higher total returns than those in the most expensive quintile.
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.
For the 10-year period ended December 31, 2013, 10 of 10 Vanguard money market funds, 49 of 51 Vanguard bond funds, 17 of 18 Vanguard balanced funds, and 81 of 91 Vanguard stock funds—for a total of 157 of 170 Vanguard funds—outperformed their Lipper peer-group averages. Only funds 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. See the most recent performance of our funds
Vanguard provides services to the Vanguard funds and ETFs at cost.
A mutual fund's annual operating expenses, expressed as a percentage of the fund's average net assets. It's calculated annually and removed from the fund's earnings before they're distributed to investors, directly reducing investors' returns.
An expense ratio includes management, administrative, marketing, and distribution fees. It doesn't include loads or purchase or redemption fees.