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More than 40 years of indexing expertise makes Vanguard a smart choice that can help provide you with the best chance for index investing success.

Index strategies allow investors to capture returns across both the broad market and narrow segments. A true passion for indexing allows Vanguard to understand and employ the deep sophistication beneath the outward simplicity. Our long-tenured indexing experts continually refine our strategies with one goal—improve investor outcomes.

As more investors recognize indexing’s benefits, more investment managers have joined the index revolution. But what’s new for others is business as usual for Vanguard. Never content with past achievements, we’re constantly investing to advance the science and technology of indexing.

We continue to enhance the science of indexing—through our constant pursuit of lower costs, refined trading strategies, and multifaceted approach to risk management, just to name a few.

Josh Barrickman

Principal and Head of Fixed Income Indexing Americas

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A proven track record

Vanguard has been a respected leader in the indexing field since 1976. Our funds are backed by more than 40 years of constant research and improvement. We strive to deliver on expectations with tight tracking and no surprises.

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Performance without tradeoffs

Indexing at Vanguard goes beyond tight tracking. Many firms will trade robotically at market close, incurring additional costs and market impact. Our experienced traders employ well-tested techniques to minimize tracking error while mitigating these hidden costs that erode returns. They also pursue strategies that potentially add small amounts of value that can have a big impact over time.

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A principled approach

Our unique client-owned¹ structure aligns our economic interests with yours in a way no provider can match. We have a long history of lowering costs and pass all securities lending revenue, net of program costs, to investors. That's part of why we are recognized by Morningstar as an index fund manager that truly has investors' backs.²


Indexing Research & Commentary

¹Vanguard is client-owned. As a client owner, you own the funds that own Vanguard. Vanguard is the only client-owned mutual fund provider.

²Source: Morningstar, Partnering with Passive Fund Sponsors That Have Your Back, 2017.

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.

All asset figures are as of September 30, 2017, unless otherwise specified.

Morningstar is not affiliated with Vanguard or Vanguard funds. The research paper mentioned here is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy shares.