Vanguard is the world's largest mutual fund company, with about $2.4 trillion invested in the U.S. It has over 170 index, active, and exchange-traded funds.
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Given the fact that Vanguard is the largest no load mutual fund company probably in the world, it makes sense to take their advice given on their webite and when you talk to someone on the phone in terms of what steps you should take next. I've done that and have been very happy with the results. All thanks to Vanguard.
Besides mutual funds, Vanguard is also a big player in the ETF market, which is where I decided to branch out last year. I've found them really responsive in terms of what they have to offer. They offer more than 50 ETFs in the same categories pretty much as their mutual funds, so it makes choosing the right ones for me fairly easy.
Unlike some investment websites,Vanguard isn't above doing some educating. I was really pleased as a new investor about a year ago to see that they define terms such as ETF on their website so that you know what you're doing and why. I'm doing a lot more nowadays, but still find that the simple, easy to use and understand site helps me all of the time.
The minimum investment for Vanguard mutual funds is a bit steep for a beginning investor at $3,000, but the minimums for ETFs is just one share. I started with the ETfs, but them also moved into the index funds when I had some funds available. It has worked out well, but when it comes to the index funds, we are talking volume.
I've found Vanguard's mutual fund and ETF screener a real help. This lets you filter out by things like minimum deposit, tax efficiency and asset class, so you can choose just the right fund ETF for your investing needs. They also offer the capability of comparing various funds.
This company has been around for more than 4 decades and it becomes apparent that they obviously know what they're doing since they're still around and going strong. I love index funds, as well as exchange-traded funds, and I like to mix them up, which this company is so good at allowing me to do.
I actually rolled over an IRA with Vanguard and have been pleased with the smooth process. I feel confident that I've made the right decision and am seeing that the investment in no load mutual funds is probably the best thing I could do with my money, especially in today's market.
I started with Vanguard a few years ago by rolling over my IRAs that I had at another investment house. I wanted to learn more about trading with no load mutual funds and since they are the experts in this area, I figured it was the place to go. I was right. I've learned a great deal and graduated way beyond my IRAs, which are also doing really well.
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