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How Do I Buy Vanguard Index Funds

From the Vanguard homepage, search "Buy funds" or go to the Buy funds page. After you log in, you'll see the page below. Scroll to find the account that you'd like to use for your purchase and then select that account.

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A type of investment that pools shareholder money and invests it in a variety of securities. Each investor owns shares of the fund and can buy or sell these shares at any time. Mutual funds are typically more diversified, low-cost, and convenient than investing in individual securities, and they're professionally managed.

Unlike Vanguard mutual funds, the cutoff for other companies' funds varies by fund. You can find the cutoff time by clicking the fund's name as you place a trade. Orders received after this deadline will execute at the following business day's closing.

Vanguard Brokerage and the fund families whose funds can be traded through Vanguard Brokerage place certain limits on frequent transactions and reserve the right to decline a transaction if it appears you're engaging in frequent trading or market-timing.

Some funds charge a fee when you buy shares to offset the cost of certain securities. Some funds charge a fee when you sell fund shares, or when you buy or sell shares within a specific time period. These restrictions are an effort to discourage short-term trading.

For more information about Vanguard mutual funds and ETFs, visit Vanguard mutual fund prospectuses or Vanguard ETF prospectuses to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are contained in the prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.

We're not distracted by the demands of private owners or other outside interests. So as more investors choose our index funds and new economies of scale help us lower costs, those benefits are passed directly to you.

Cumulative figure for all share classes from the 2013 calendar year through the 2019 calendar year for Vanguard's U.S.-domiciled index mutual funds and ETFs. Estimated savings is the difference between prior and current expense ratios multiplied by average assets under management (AUM). Average AUM is based on month-end assets, which are then averaged over the 12 months of the calendar year. Ending assets are as of December 31, 2019.

Each index fund contains a preselected collection of hundreds or thousands of stocks, bonds, or sometimes both. If a single stock or bond in the collection is performing poorly, there's a good chance that another is performing well, which helps minimize your losses.

Index funds don't change their stock or bond holdings as often as actively managed funds. This often results in fewer taxable capital gains distributions from the fund, which could reduce your tax bill.

2 Vanguard average expense ratio: 0.06%. Industry average expense ratio: 0.20%. All averages are for index mutual funds and ETFs and are asset-weighted. Industry average excludes Vanguard. Sources: Vanguard and Morningstar, Inc., as of December 31, 2021.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. There is no guarantee that any particular asset allocation or mix of funds will meet your investment objectives or provide you with a given level of income.

Bond funds are subject to the risk that an issuer will fail to make payments on time and that bond prices will decline because of rising interest rates or negative perceptions of an issuer's ability to make payments. Investments in stocks or bonds issued by non-U.S. companies are subject to risks including country/regional risk and currency risk. Funds that concentrate on a relatively narrow market sector face the risk of higher share-price volatility.

Investments in Target Retirement Funds are subject to the risks of their underlying funds. The year in the fund name refers to the approximate year (the target date) when an investor in the fund would retire and leave the workforce. The fund will gradually shift its emphasis from more aggressive investments to more conservative ones based on its target date. An investment in a Target Retirement Fund is not guaranteed at any time, including on or after its target date.

If you are buying a new fund, check the box next to Add another Vanguard mutual fund. You can type in the fund name, symbol, or number. You can also view a list of Vanguard mutual funds and select one from the list.

When you buy shares of a Vanguard index fund, your money is invested in a diversified portfolio of assets that track an underlying market index. Vanguard founder Jack Bogle invented the index fund when it launched the Vanguard 500 (VFINX) in 1976.

An index fund is a type of mutual fund that aims to match the performance of a specific market benchmark or index as closely as possible, such as the S&P 500, an equity index tracks 500 of the leading publicly held U.S. companies. Other major indexes include the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the Nasdaq Composite and the Wilshire 5000.

There is always a level of risk involved with Vanguard index funds: Risk corresponds to the stock or bond market the index fund tracks. For example, a Vanguard index fund that tracks stocks will generally be riskier than one that tracks investment-grade bonds.

Index mutual funds tend to have lower costs than other investment options, making them the right choice for long-term investing. However, there are still costs you should consider, including expense ratios and fees.

Within the My Accounts tab, navigate to Buy & Sell. On the Buy & Sell landing page, choosing the option to Trade ETFs & stocks sends you to the trade order form. All buy orders will execute using your selected account's funds available to trade.

With over 4,000 commission-free funds and expense ratios well below industry averages, Vanguard is a great option for low-cost investing. Vanguard popularized the index fund. Company founder Jack Bogle created the world's 1st-ever index fund in 1976, so it's safe to say that the financial powerhouse knows how to create profitable index funds.

Meanwhile, flows turned positive late in the year as the index-level yield approached 10%, helping push spreads even tighter. In our view, the full scope of the economic slowdown is not currently reflected in prices.

While we remain cautious, we see plenty of potential for risk-taking ahead. Performance dispersion has increased as investors become focused on differentiating across industries and issuers. More than 60% of the high-yield index trades at a price below $90, which provides a good entry point and cushion against further price declines.

With the Fed making significant progress in hiking interest rates, headwinds should moderate in 2023. Following a year with $119 billion of outflows from municipal funds and ETFs, we expect the tide to turn.

After all, if individual investors and advisors had allocations to municipals with yields barely over 1% at the beginning of 2022, then they should now salivate at the prospect of yields exceeding 3% (before adjusting for tax benefits). With tax-loss harvesting opportunities ending, we expect that high-earning investors will be motivated to increase their tax-exempt holdings over time. Higher yields not only mean greater income but also greater portfolio stability if a deeper recession transpires.The tax-exempt primary bond market was busy at the start of 2022, but higher rates stunted the pace of issuance later on, consistent with our forecast. The supply picture going forward is uncertain, as usual, yet future issuance will likely remain subdued as the cost of borrowing is higher and municipal balance sheets are still flush with cash from pandemic-era stimulus.Both inflows and lower supply should support municipal valuations in 2023. The quick 4.1% rally in the fourth quarter indicated that these effects are underway. The rebound may lure more investors back with attractive yields and reduce the possibility of negative returns this year. With tax-equivalent yields of 6.0% (or meaningfully higher for residents in high-tax states who invest in corresponding state funds), municipals offer great value compared with other fixed income sectors and potentially even equities, especially with the odds of a recession increasing.

Notes: Tax-equivalent yield is calculated using a 40.8% tax bracket, which includes a 37.0% top federal marginal tax rate and a 3.8% net investment income tax to fund Medicare. The California and New Jersey tax-equivalent yield calculations include the highest state income tax bracket in those states. Historical S&P 500 returns are that index's annualized 20-year return as of December 31, 2022.

Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. The performance of an index is not an exact representation of any particular investment, as you cannot invest directly in an index.

This movement in tax-exempt credit spreads was more technically driven, as it occurred with municipal balance sheets stronger than they've been in two decades and rainy day funds at all-time highs, leaving states well prepared to weather an economic slowdown or contraction.

Notes: State fiscal years typically run from July 1 to June 30. Rainy day funds are shown as a percentage of general fund expenditures. The percentage for FY 2022 is estimated as of October 18, 2022.

Mr. Alwine was previously head of Vanguard's Municipal Group. There, he led a team of 30 investment professionals who managed over $90 billion in client assets across 12 municipal bond funds. He has served in multiple roles throughout his career in the Fixed Income Group. His experience includes trading, portfolio management, and credit research. Mr. Alwine's portfolio management experience spans both taxable and municipal markets, as well as active and index funds. He is also a member of the investment committee at Vanguard that is responsible for developing macro strategies for the funds. 041b061a72


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