Here are the Vanguard ETFs that made the list:


Vanguard ETF name

Number of holdings

Expense ratio


Total Stock Market ETF

as of July 31, 2019

as of April 26, 2019


Total International Stock ETF

as of July 31, 2019

as of February 26, 2019


Total International Bond ETF

as of July 31, 2019

as of February 26, 2019


Dividend Appreciation ETF

as of July 31, 2019

as of May 30, 2019

*These 3 “total market ETFs” invest in U.S. and international stock and bond markets at the broadest levels. When used in combination with our Total Bond Market ETF (BND), these funds cover nearly every aspect of the U.S. and international stock and bond markets.

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More reasons to choose Vanguard ETFs

While it’s always an honor when others outside of Vanguard acknowledge our ETFs, we’re motivated by more than recognition. We’re driven by our mission to help you meet your investing goals.

With more than $1 trillion in ETF assets under management,** it’s clear that more people are investing in Vanguard ETFs to help them reach their goals. Why? Maybe it’s our unique combination of high quality and low costs:

Competitive long-term returns

85% of Vanguard ETFs beat the returns of their peer-group averages over the past 10 years.†

Are you ready for high-quality, low-cost ETFs?

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Commission-free trading

Enjoy commission-free trading on nearly 1,800 ETFs from Vanguard and more than 100 other companies. (Commission-free trading of Vanguard ETFs applies to trades placed both online and by phone. Learn more about other conditions & costs that may apply)

Lower expense ratios

Our average expense ratio is 74% less than the industry average.††

When you complement this combination with accolades from industry experts like Kiplinger and Money, you’ll see that Vanguard ETFs can be a great choice to help you reach your investment goals.

**As of June 30, 2019.

†For the 10-year period ended June 30, 2019, 30 of 34 Vanguard stock ETFs and 3 of 5 Vanguard bond ETFs—33 of 39 Vanguard ETFs total—outperformed their Lipper peer-group averages. Results will vary for other periods. Only ETFs with a minimum 10-year history were included in the comparison. Source: Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company. The competitive performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. View ETF performance

††Vanguard average ETF expense ratio: 0.07%. Industry average ETF expense ratio: 0.27%. All averages are asset-weighted. Industry averages exclude Vanguard. Sources: Vanguard and Morningstar, Inc., as of December 31, 2018.


You must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares through Vanguard Brokerage Services (we offer them commission-free) or through another broker (which may charge commissions). See the Vanguard Brokerage Services commission and fee schedules for full details. Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable directly with the issuing fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. ETFs are subject to market volatility. When buying or selling an ETF, you will pay or receive the current market price, which may be more or less than net asset value.

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.

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