Explore different types of mutual funds
Make confident investment decisions by getting to know which funds may be right for you.
Build a portfolio that can help you meet your goals
Get help & advice
Whether you want to do the research yourself, get some recommendations online, or talk directly with a financial advisor, we can help.
See if an "all in one" fund is right for you
Your investments can be easier to manage when you pick one well-diversified fund that does some of the work for you. Choose an all-in-one fund to fit almost any goal.
- Saving for retirement.
- Investing for other goals.
- Getting retirement income.
- Saving for college.
Build a customized portfolio
Understanding how to put different types of investments to work for you is essential.
First, get to know the most common fund types—money market, bond, balanced, stock, international, and sector—and how they can be combined to create a well-balanced portfolio. Then look for the specific funds that could help you reach your goals.
You must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares through a broker like Vanguard Brokerage Services (we offer them commission-free) or through another broker (you may incur commissions). See the Vanguard Brokerage Services commission and fee schedules for limits. Vanguard ETF Shares aren't redeemable directly with the issuing fund other than in creation unit aggregations. Like stocks, ETFs are subject to market volatility. When buying or selling an ETF, you'll 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. 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 average money market fund expense ratio: 0.16%; industry average money market fund expense ratio: 0.18%. Vanguard average bond fund expense ratio: 0.13%; industry average bond fund expense ratio: 0.96%. Vanguard average balanced fund expense ratio: 0.22%; industry average balanced fund expense ratio: 0.81%. Vanguard average stock fund expense ratio: 0.22%; industry average stock fund expense ratio: 1.23%. Vanguard average global and international fund expense ratio: 0.24%; industry average global and international fund expense ratio: 1.41%. Sources: Vanguard and Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company, as of December 31, 2012.
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