Vanguard ETFs vs Mutual Funds: Which Make for Better Investments?

Vanguard is one of the largest low-cost fund providers in the U.S., and knowing the difference between Vanguard ETFs vs mutual funds is key for investors.

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If a frugal friend ever gives you an investing tip, it's likely they'll point you toward Vanguard exchange-traded funds (ETFs) or mutual funds. Vanguard is one of the largest and lowest-cost fund providers in the U.S. – and, in fact, their push to lower fees has actually helped bring fund costs down industry-wide. 

But even if your heart is set on Vanguard, you might be asking yourself: Vanguard ETFs vs Vanguard mutual funds, which is the better investment?

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for, and the Managing Editor for before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.