When in the market for a new product or service, many of us turn to various resources for advice. For example, consumer research reports on appliances can be helpful if you’re shopping for a new refrigerator. Similarly, Money magazine’s annual Investor’s Guide, which publishes best mutual fund and ETF lists, can be a helpful resource for investors.
Money selects funds and ETFs based on their:
- Steady performance.
- Low costs to investors.
- Skilled and trustworthy managers.
- Consistent investment strategy.
The limits of DIY investing
Of course, investing is a little more complicated than buying a new refrigerator. Investor guides and rankings don’t take into account your personal needs. Your risk tolerance, time horizon, and financial goals all come into play.
For some investors, the best choice may be to get professional advice. Vanguard Personal Advisor Services® is one option.
For all those do-it-yourselfers looking for reputable investments—or a little reassurance they’re on the right track—here are the Vanguard funds recommended by Money:
Building-block mutual funds (10 of 14 listed)
- Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund (VIMSX)
- Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund (VGTSX)
- Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap Index Fund (VFSVX)
- Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund (VEIEX)
- Vanguard REIT Index Fund (VGSIX)
- Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund (VBMFX)
- Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund (VBISX)
- Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund (VIPSX)
- Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities Index Fund (VTIPX)
- Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund (VTIBX)
One-decision mutual funds (2 of 5 listed)
Custom mutual funds (11 of 31 listed)
- Vanguard Value Index Fund (VIVAX)
- Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund (VMVIX)
- Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth Index Fund (VMGIX)
- Vanguard Small-Cap Value Index Fund (VISVX)
- Vanguard Small-Cap Growth Index Fund (VISGX)
- Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation Index Fund (VIAIX)
- Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate Index Fund (VGXRX)
- Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)
- Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade Fund (VFSTX)
- Vanguard Intermediate-Term Tax-Exempt Fund (VWITX)
- Vanguard Limited-Term Tax-Exempt Fund (VMLTX)
Building-block ETFs (9 of 14 listed)
- Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)
- Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS)
- Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF (VSS)
- Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO)
- Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ)
- Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)
- Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV)
- Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities ETF (VTIP)
- Vanguard Total International Bond ETF (BNDX)
Custom ETFs (10 of 31 listed)
- Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)
- Vanguard Growth ETF (VUG)
- Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (VOE)
- Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth ETF (VOT)
- Vanguard Small-Cap Value ETF (VBR)
- Vanguard Small-Cap Growth ETF (VBK)
- Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIGI)
- Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF (VNQI)
- Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH)
- Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (VTEB)
Money magazine is not affiliated with Vanguard or Vanguard funds. The article mentioned here is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy shares.
All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.
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 limits. 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.