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.

Vanguard products have topped Money’s rankings for the last 18 years. This year, 42 Vanguard products made the 50 recommended mutual funds and 50 recommended ETFs lists. 

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)

One-decision mutual funds (2 of 5 listed)

Custom mutual funds (11 of 31 listed)

Building-block ETFs (9 of 14 listed)

Custom ETFs (10 of 31 listed)


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.