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  • Vanguard's index funds are a type of passive investment product that tracks an index. These indexes can be broad, such as the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq. They can also be targeted to capture a specific type of investment or region, or some other goal. By passively tracking an index rather than actively making decisions about the investments, Vanguard's index funds typically have lower fees than active fund alternatives."}},"@type": "Question","name": "How long does it take to buy or sell Vanguard funds?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Vanguard fund trades, like all mutual fund trades, execute once per day after the market closes. Any trades placed within the previous trading window will execute as the fund's new net asset value (NAV) is calculated. There isn't a set time when happens, but you can expect it to happen at some point in the afternoon or evening after the trading day. If someone places a sell order on Monday morning, for example, the sale should be complete by Tuesday morning."]}]}] .cls-1fill:#999.cls-6fill:#6d6e71 Skip to contentThe BalanceSearchSearchPlease fill out this field.SearchSearchPlease fill out this field.BudgetingBudgeting Budgeting Calculator Financial Planning Managing Your Debt Best Budgeting Apps View All InvestingInvesting Find an Advisor Stocks Retirement Planning Cryptocurrency Best Online Stock Brokers Best Investment Apps View All MortgagesMortgages Homeowner Guide First-Time Homebuyers Home Financing Managing Your Loan Mortgage Refinancing Using Your Home Equity Today's Mortgage Rates View All EconomicsEconomics US Economy Economic Terms Unemployment Fiscal Policy Monetary Policy View All BankingBanking Banking Basics Compound Interest Calculator Best Savings Account Interest Rates Best CD Rates Best Banks for Checking Accounts Best Personal Loans Best Auto Loan Rates View All Small BusinessSmall Business Entrepreneurship Business Banking Business Financing Business Taxes Business Tools Becoming an Owner Operations & Success View All Career PlanningCareer Planning Finding a Job Getting a Raise Work Benefits Top Jobs Cover Letters Resumes View All MoreMore Credit Cards Insurance Taxes Credit Reports & Scores Loans Personal Stories About UsAbout Us The Balance Financial Review Board Diversity & Inclusion Pledge View All Follow Us




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Vanguard's index funds are a type of passive investment product that tracks an index. These indexes can be broad, such as the S&P 500 or the Nasdaq. They can also be targeted to capture a specific type of investment or region, or some other goal. By passively tracking an index rather than actively making decisions about the investments, Vanguard's index funds typically have lower fees than active fund alternatives.


While some funds such as S&P 500 or Nasdaq-100 index funds allow you to own companies across industries, other funds own only a specific industry, country or even investing style (say, dividend stocks).


The list below includes index funds from a variety of companies tracking a broadly diversified index, and it includes some of the lowest-cost funds you can buy and sell on the public markets. When it comes to index funds like these, one of the most important factors in your total return is cost. Included are three mutual funds and seven ETFs:


The Nasdaq-100 Index is another stock market index, but is not as diversified as the S&P 500 because of its large weighting in technology shares. These two funds track the largest non-financial companies in the index.


While the S&P 500 and Nasdaq are two of the most popular stock market indexes, there are many others that track different parts of the investment universe. These three index funds are also worth considering for your portfolio.


Index funds tend to be much cheaper than average funds. Compare the numbers above with the average stock mutual fund (on an asset-weighted basis), which charged 0.47 percent, or the average stock ETF, which charged 0.16 percent. While the ETF expense ratio is the same in each case, the cost for mutual funds generally is higher. Many mutual funds are not index funds, and they charge higher fees to pay the higher expenses of their investment management teams.


A Fidelity spokesperson told the WSJ that the change is "about leveling the playing field." That may be a stretch. The move effectively makes Fidelity's index funds less expensive than Vanguard's funds, based on my analysis of expense ratios detailed on each asset manager's website, though pricing differs by share class.


As investors increasingly turn to index funds rather than actively managed funds for their retirement wealth, fund managers like Vanguard are taking in the lion's share of fund flows. After crossing $2 trillion in assets under management (AUM) in 2013, Vanguard reported that it had $4.5 billion of global AUM as recently as Sept. 30, 2017.


A study by BrightScope found that stock funds in 401(k)s with fewer than 100 participants carried average expense ratios that were roughly 50% higher than plans with 5,000 to 9,999 participants. The differential was larger in percentage terms for index funds, where sub-100 participant plans offered index funds with an average expense ratio of 0.17% vs. 0.10% for plans with 5,000 to 9,999 participants.


As a result, Vanguard funds are often prohibitively expensive to buy through online discount brokers like Charles Schwab (SCHW -4.96%), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), Fidelity, and E*Trade (ETFC), none of which offer its mutual funds or ETFs in a transaction-fee-free form. In contrast, many fund managers pay fees to brokerage firms who bring them clients and assets under management, indirectly passing on the cost to investors in the form of higher fund fees.


Since the largest index funds often carry a net expense ratio of 0.10% or less, they simply can't afford to pay for distribution unless they raise fees on all of their investors. Vanguard eschews the practice of paying for distribution, preferring to keep costs low. So far, the model is working, as the fund company frequently ranks among the top of the pack for investor inflows, proving that investors want low fee funds, even if they have to go out of their way to get them.


If you are buying a new fund, check the box next to Add another Vanguard mutual fund. You can type in the fund name, symbol, or number. You can also view a list of Vanguard mutual funds and select one from the list.


Index funds are investments of stocks or bonds that mimic the composition and performance of a market index. A common market index that you hear about in the news is the S&P 500, which is a list of 500 large U.S. companies developed by Standard and Poor. Another one is the Dow Jones Index, which is a stock market index of 30 prominent U.S. stocks.


As you can see, all 24 of these Fidelity index funds have lower fees or expense ratios compared to Vanguard index funds. Fidelity has gone even further and one-upped everyone by introducing four Fidelity zero-fee index funds.


The second reason we recommend Fidelity is that Fidelity index funds have no minimums to open an account. In contrast, most Vanguard index funds require $3,000. Now that you understand the advantage of investing in Fidelity index funds, the next question then is how to start.


S&P 500 index funds are an excellent way to get diversified exposure to the heart of the U.S. stock market. These passively managed funds track the large-cap stocks that represent approximately 80% of the total value of the U.S. equity market.


There are plenty of index funds out there that track the S&P 500, but these three options charge ultra-low expense ratios, which means more of your money stays at work in the fund earning your greater returns. In addition, all three funds closely duplicate or exceed the historical performance of their benchmark index.


Our methodology focused on more than a dozen index funds that aim to track the S&P 500. We excluded from consideration actively managed funds as they tend to charge higher expense ratios without delivering better returns or dividend yields. In addition, we excluded ETFs, which are covered in a separate listing. 041b061a72


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