An ETF to Match the Market

Vanguard Total Stock Market owns almost every publicly traded U.S. company worth at least $10 million.

If you just wanted to duplicate the U.S. stock market, you’d buy a fund that mimics Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, right? Well, not exactly. The S&P index consists of 500 com­panies, most of them large. If you wanted to track the entire U.S. stock market, you’d need to own a fund that follows a total-market index.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.