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How to invest in stocks & ETFs online

You need a Vanguard Brokerage Account to trade stocks and ETFs (exchange-traded funds). It's easy to get started, and we can help you along the way.

Find a stock or ETF

Already have a brokerage account?

You can start investing now.

Simplify your portfolio management by transferring your investments from other companies to Vanguard.

Need to open a brokerage account?

Step 1

Choose an account type based on your investing goal

  • A general account for you or owned jointly with someone else.
  • A Roth or traditional IRA.
  • A custodial account for a child.
  • A SEP-IRA if you're self-employed or own a small company.

Step 2

Get a settlement fund

Your settlement fund will be Vanguard Federal Money Market Fund.

Step 3

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.

Are you paying too much for your ETFs?

The average Vanguard ETF® expense ratio is 75% less than the industry average.

Find out what sets Vanguard ETFs® apart

Enjoy some of the lowest costs in the industry, commission-free online trades through Vanguard Brokerage,†† and fund management expertise when you invest in our ETFs.


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Settlement fund

A fund used to pay for and receive proceeds from trades in your brokerage account.