The 9 Best Vanguard Mutual Funds to Buy

The best Vanguard mutual funds might cover a wide assortment of investing strategies, but they have two things in common: simplicity and cheap fees.

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When it comes to the best Vanguard mutual funds, you might think the universe of offerings is so large that it's impossible to pick the right options. We wouldn't blame you: Vanguard is one of the world's leading asset managers, with a staggering $8 trillion under management. That's in part because of the firm's commitment to providing simple, low-cost mutual fund offerings to the general public instead of complicated and costly offerings that don't deliver.

There's countless research that shows the perils of so-called "active" management. The latest proof comes from Refinitiv Lipper, whose data shows that about 63% of active managers of equities funds did not beat their respective benchmarks in 2022. With numbers like that, boring old index funds tied to a fixed list of stocks seems to be the way to go.


Data is as of April 19. Fund yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds, unless otherwise noted. Minimum initial investment for all funds listed here is $3,000.

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Jeff Reeves
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Jeff Reeves writes about equity markets and exchange-traded funds for Kiplinger. A veteran journalist with extensive capital markets experience, Jeff has written about Wall Street and investing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous respected finance outlets, including CNBC, the Fox Business Network, the Wall Street Journal digital network, USA Today and CNN Money.