6 Good Schwab ETFs That Are Dirt Cheap

Good news for investors who use exchange-traded funds: Several of the cheapest ETFs on the market are getting even cheaper.

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Good news for investors who use exchange-traded funds: Several of the cheapest ETFs on the market are getting even cheaper. On October 5, Blackrock announced fee cuts for 15 of its “core” iShares ETFs, looking to make up ground on Schwab, which had been the low-fee ETF champ. Two days later, Schwab trimmed expenses for five of its ETFs so that each undercut its corresponding iShares fund by one one-hundredth of a percentage point.

After all of the past week’s machinations, Schwab still takes the crown for the lowest-cost ETF in several major categories. Not only do fees for most Schwab ETFs edge charges for comparable Blackrock ETFs, they’re also among the cheapest ETFs on the market today. And if you’re a Schwab customer, you can buy all 21 of its ETFs without paying a brokerage commission. That’s especially helpful if you trade frequently.

The following six Schwab ETFs all look compelling for investors who want broad access to the stock and bond markets at unbeatable prices—as little as $3 per year for every $10,000 invested.

Returns are as of October 6; three- and five-year returns are annualized.

Ryan Ermey
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Ryan joined Kiplinger in the fall of 2013. He writes and fact-checks stories that appear in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and on Kiplinger.com. He previously interned for the CBS Evening News investigative team and worked as a copy editor and features columnist at the GW Hatchet. He holds a BA in English and creative writing from George Washington University.