16 Low-Cost ETFs to Buy

Expense ratios for index funds have declined in recent years, making them a cheap investing strategy to consider. Here are 16 low-cost ETFs to consider.

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Low-cost ETFs are a friend to investors of every stripe. Thanks to years of fee wars among competing fund providers, you can diversify your portfolio using hundreds of different investing strategies for mere pennies on the dollar.

"Low cost" (or "cheap") and "quality" are two adjectives that almost always seem to sit at different lunch tables. It makes sense – high quality tends to necessitate high cost. And where it doesn't, you're rightfully skeptical. How does "half-price Lasik" sound? What about "discount brain surgery"? "Bargain-basement electrical services," anyone? You naturally flinch at these terms because "low cost" and "quality" frequently oppose one another.

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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 Kiplinger.com, and the Managing Editor for InvestorPlace.com 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.