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We can help you make the most of retirement

Bringing all your retirement savings to Vanguard can make your life easier—and even give you a better chance at making your money last.

Why choose Vanguard?

A company you can count on

Vanguard's been meeting investors' needs since 1975. The company you trust with your money today will be the same company serving you tomorrow. And more than $6.9 trillion in assets under management says a lot for that trust.*

Personal, professional advice that can save you time and worry

We know how hard you've worked for your savings, and we want you to make the most of them. A personal advisor from Vanguard can guide you on everything from your investments to taxes to Social Security.

High-quality funds

81% of Vanguard mutual funds and ETFs (exchange-traded funds) performed better than their peer-group averages over the past 10 years.** Our competitive performance is one reason our funds so often appear on "best of" lists.

Low costs

Our expenses and fees are among the lowest in the industry—in fact, they're 83% less than the industry's average.† And the less money taken out of your earnings, the more stays in your account, helping you live the retirement you want.

Top fund managers

Our in-house management teams have the experience and expertise you'd expect from the company that launched the first index fund for everyday investors. And we complement them with portfolio managers from around the world, chosen for their skills in specific areas of the market.

How you benefit from moving your money to one place

A clearer investment strategy

Combining your savings at one financial provider is a good opportunity to make sure you have an appropriate asset mix—one that will balance your need for stability with continued account growth that will carry you through retirement.

A simpler way to manage your money

Keeping track of multiple statements, websites, and phone numbers is always a little time-consuming. Now that you're retired, ensuring that you're withdrawing money from multiple accounts in the most tax-efficient way will be even trickier if you can't see a full picture of your assets.

Lower expenses

Moving your money to one account could give you a chance to lower your investment costs.

The larger your nest egg, the more costs eat away at your savings. If you've saved $500,000 at the time you retire, cutting your investment expenses by just half a percentage point could mean an extra $1,500 to spend every year in retirement.††

Top questions about bringing your savings to Vanguard

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1. Shouldn't I split my savings among several companies to stay diversified?

It's true that spreading your money over different asset classes reduces your risk. Some people think that splitting money between companies also reduces your risk—in case one company goes bankrupt.

But that's not true in Vanguard's case. Vanguard (the company) is actually owned by the Vanguard mutual funds and ETFs.

Each fund also owns the individual securities (stocks and bonds, for example) that make up the fund, and there's no way for a fund to go bankrupt unless every security simultaneously loses all value (an event that would reach far beyond Vanguard if it were to occur).

The securities that underlie the funds are held by a custodian, not by Vanguard. Vanguard is paid by the funds to provide administration and other services. If Vanguard ever did go bankrupt, the funds would not be affected and would simply hire another firm to provide these services.

2. Is moving my assets a lot of work?

No! Many transfers can be initiated online in just a few minutes, and you can call us if you have questions. In some cases, we can even complete the paperwork for you.

3. Does it cost anything?

We don't charge any fees to roll over or transfer accounts. Check with the company currently holding your account to find out if it has any transfer fees or requirements.

4. Can I keep the funds, stocks, and bonds I already own?

Moving money is a great time to streamline your portfolio and see whether lower-cost investments are available. But if you want to keep the investments you already own, you can do that too, through an in-kind transfer.

5. What kinds of accounts can I move to Vanguard?

You can:

  • Roll over 401(k) and 403(b) accounts.
  • Transfer IRAs or taxable accounts.
  • Bring over stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and other securities.
  • Transfer a variable annuity through a 1035 exchange.

Get more from Vanguard. Call 800-962-5028 to speak with an investment professional.

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Mutual fund

A type of investment that pools shareholder money and invests it in a variety of securities. Each investor owns shares of the fund and can buy or sell these shares at any time. Mutual funds are typically more diversified, low-cost, and convenient than investing in individual securities, and they're professionally managed.

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ETF (exchange-traded fund)

A type of investment with characteristics of both mutual funds and individual stocks. ETFs are professionally managed and typically diversified, like mutual funds, but they can be bought and sold at any point during the trading day using straightforward or sophisticated strategies.

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The investment return you accumulate on the savings in your account.

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Index fund

A type of mutual fund or ETF (exchange-traded fund) that seeks to track the performance of a particular market index (for example, the S&P 500 Index) by buying and holding all or a representative sample of the securities in the index, in the same proportions as their weightings in the index.

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Asset mix

The way your account is divided among different asset classes, including stock, bond, and short-term or "cash" investments.

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Asset class

A major type of asset—stocks, bonds, and short-term or "cash" investments.

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Usually refers to investment risk, which is a measure of how likely it is that you could lose money in an investment. However, there are other types of risk when it comes to investing.

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In-kind transfer

When investments are transferred from one financial provider to another "as is." There's no selling or buying involved and no tax consequences.

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1035 exchange

The exchange of an annuity from one insurance company to another without incurring current income taxes. To qualify, the annuity must be funded with after-tax contributions. The transaction is named after the applicable section of the Internal Revenue Code.

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ETF (exchange-traded fund)

An ETF combines the diversification and professional management of a mutual fund with the trading flexibility and intraday pricing of an individual stock.