Vanguard has a highly competitive selection of exchange traded funds (ETFs) available for purchase at numerous investment brokers' platforms. Vanguard ETFs typically use a passive investment approach and follow a particular stock or bond index.
The minimum investment cost of a Vanguard ETF.
Vanguard ETFs: Minimum Investment?
Unlike Vanguard's mutual funds, Vanguard ETFs do not have any strict minimum investment requirements because their shares are traded and treated as any other stock. While there is no minimum dollar amount for Vanguard ETFs, the minimum investment is the cost of one share. Depending on the ETF chosen, one share could cost as little as $50.
For example, as of February 11, 2020, Vanguard's VTIP ETF, reflecting short-term inflation-protected securities had a share price of $49.40. Meanwhile, VOO, which is Vanguard's ETF that tracks the S&P 500, had a share price of $308.09.
To give another example, the minimum investment for VTI, one of Vanguard's most popular ETFs that tracks the US stock market as a whole, had a share price of $170.40.
Advantages of Vanguard ETFs
Vanguard offers various ETFs with a wide spectrum of investment objectives at very low expense ratios. Because of its superior investment sampling methodology, Vanguard ETFs are popular and known for their low turnover ratios, low tracking errors, and low expense ratios. The Vanguard average ETF expense ratio comes in at about 0.07%, which is significantly below the ETF industry's average expense ratio of 0.27%.
Different Types of Vanguard ETFs
Vanguard offers different categories of ETFs that broadly specialize in investing in fixed-income securities or stocks. Currently, Vanguard offers more than 70 different ETFs. The majority of Vanguard ETFs invest in domestic stocks on U.S. equity markets, while the second-largest category of Vanguard ETFs is taxable bonds.
There are also a few ETFs in the international stocks and specialty categories. The specialty category includes ETFs that track the performance of an industry or sector-specific index, such as energy, financials, healthcare, and information technology.