The 7 Best Vanguard Index Funds for 2021

Vanguard index funds are among the cheapest, easiest solutions for investors looking for diversified core holdings. Here are seven top options.

Pie chart representing a diversified fund
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Almost any year could be a good year to consider holding Vanguard index funds. 2021 is likely to be no exception to this wisdom.

Last year taught investors that it's never wise to make broad predictions about capital markets and the broader economy – at least not without a backup plan. COVID wrecked just about every prediction out there, and some outside shock could do the same in 2021.


Returns and data are as of Jan. 24, unless otherwise noted, and are gathered for the share class with the lowest required minimum initial investment – typically the investor share class or A share class. Yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds.

To continue reading this article
please register for free

This is different from signing in to your print subscription

Why am I seeing this? Find out more here

Kent Thune
Contributing Writer,

Kent Thune, CFP, is a financial professional that helps individuals and businesses achieve their goals through a variety of delivery methods, including investment advice, financial planning and writing.