11 Best Vanguard Index Funds to Buy for Low-Cost Quality

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Vanguard index funds are among the market’s greatest champions of low-cost investing.

The company is a pioneer, launching the first index fund – the Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFIAX), which provided inexpensive access to the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index – more than four decades ago.

Since then, Vanguard has introduced a slew of low-cost index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have saved investors hundreds of billions of dollars in fees throughout the years. The best Vanguard index funds aren’t just going to save you money on the fee front, however. They’ll also provide faithful exposure to asset classes and investing strategies to profit from for years to come. Take a look.


Data is as of May 11, 2018. Yields represent the trailing 12-month yield unless otherwise noted. Mutual-fund alternatives are included for each recommended Vanguard ETF.

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.