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 (opens in new tab)), 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
Senior Investing Editor, Kiplinger.com

Kyle is senior investing editor for Kiplinger.com. As a writer and columnist, he also specializes in exchange-traded funds. He joined Kiplinger in September 2017 after spending six years at InvestorPlace.com, where he managed the editorial staff. His work has appeared in several outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and MSN Money, he has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, and he has been quoted in MarketWatch, Vice and Univision, among other outlets. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism.