Vanguard Total Stock Market Index: Simple Approach

This index fund gives you broad exposure to small-, midsize- and large-company stocks.

Editor's note: This is part of a continuing series of articles looking at the 20 biggest no-load stock funds.

For people who like a one-stop fund, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index just may be the ticket. What this index fund gives you is not only a piece of Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, but the extended market, which includes shares of small and midsize companies. In total, this fund gives you exposure to 3,900 companies in the MSCI US Broad Market Index.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance