The Vanguard ETF List: How to Put Together the Portfolio You Want

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Exchange-traded funds are extremely popular among investors, giving you the ability to buy and sell during the trading day while retaining the diversification that funds offer. In particular, the Vanguard Group has developed a reputation for being a low-cost provider of funds, and the company jumped into the ETF industry and found success using its usual strategy of minimizing expenses. Below, you'll find the complete list of all Vanguard ETFs, including those that concentrate on stocks, bonds, and other types of investments. You'll also see which ones stand out from the crowd and might deserve a place in your portfolio.

The definitive Vanguard ETF List

Here are all of Vanguard's ETFs:

ETF name

Ticker Symbol

Expense ratio

Stock ETFs

Vanguard Dividend Appreciation

VIG

0.09%

Vanguard Growth

VUG

0.08%

Vanguard High Dividend Yield

VYM

0.09%

Vanguard Large-Cap

VV

0.08%

Vanguard Mega Cap

MGC

0.09%

Vanguard Mega Cap Growth

MGK

0.09%

Vanguard Mega Cap Value

MGV

0.09%

Vanguard S&P 500

VOO

0.05%

Vanguard Total Stock Market

VTI

0.05%

Vanguard Value

VTV

0.08%

Vanguard Extended Market

VXF

0.09%

Vanguard Mid-Cap

VO

0.08%

Vanguard Mid-Cap Growth

VOT

0.08%

Vanguard Mid-Cap Value

VOE

0.08%

Vanguard Small-Cap

VB

0.08%

Vanguard Small-Cap Growth

VBK

0.08%

Vanguard Small-Cap Value

VBR

0.08%

Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-U.S.

VEU

0.13%

Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-U.S. Small-Cap

VSS

0.17%

Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets

VEA

0.09%

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets

VWO

0.15%

Vanguard FTSE Europe

VGK

0.12%

Vanguard FTSE Pacific

VPL

0.12%

Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate

VNQI

0.18%

Vanguard International Dividend Appreciation

VIGI

0.25%

Vanguard International High Dividend Yield

VYMI

0.30%

Vanguard Total International Stock

VXUS

0.13%

Vanguard Total World Stock

VT

0.14%

Vanguard Consumer Discretionary

VCR

0.10%

Vanguard Consumer Staples

VDC

0.10%

Vanguard Energy

VDE

0.10%

Vanguard Financial

VFH

0.10%

Vanguard Health Care

VHT

0.10%

Vanguard Industrials

VIS

0.10%

Vanguard Information Technology

VGT

0.10%

Vanguard Materials

VAW

0.10%

Vanguard REIT

VNQ

0.12%

Vanguard Telecommunication Services

VOX

0.10%

Vanguard Utilities

VPU

0.10%

Bond ETFs

Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury

EDV

0.10%

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond

BIV

0.09%

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond

VGIT

0.10%

Vanguard Long-Term Bond

BLV

0.09%

Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond

VGLT

0.10%

Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities

VMBS

0.10%

Vanguard Short-Term Bond

BSV

0.09%

Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond

VGSH

0.10%

Vanguard Short-Term Inflation Protected Securities

VTIP

0.08%

Vanguard Total Bond Market

BND

0.06%

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond

VCIT

0.10%

Vanguard Long-Term Corporate Bond

VCLT

0.10%

Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond

VCSH

0.10%

Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond

VTEB

0.12%

Vanguard Emerging Markets Government Bond

VWOB

0.34%

Vanguard Total International Bond

BNDX

0.15%

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As you can see, the bulk of Vanguard's ETFs have extremely low expense ratios around 0.1%. Some ETFs that focus on international stocks or other market niches have somewhat higher expenses, while those that track the most popular indexes tend to be cheaper. Overall, though, Vanguard sets the standard for low costs, and even though some ETFs from other providers are slightly less expensive, it's hard to find areas in which Vanguard looks particularly pricey compared to its competition.

One of the key benefits that Vanguard customers enjoy is that if you have a brokerage account at Vanguard, you can buy and sell the company's ETFs at no commission. There are some limitations on this feature designed to discourage short-term traders, but if you avoid buying and selling the same Vanguard ETF more than 25 times during a 12-month period, then you'll avoid any restrictions on future transactions.

Vanguard ETF strategies

From the list above, you can narrow down the large number of selections in ways that suit your particular investing needs. Strategies can be as simple or complex as you choose.

For instance, if you just want to get broad-based exposure to asset classes, then a small selection of the least expensive funds will typically do the trick. The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEMKT: VTI) gives you a combination of large, mid-sized, and small company stocks in a single fund, and its 0.05% expense ratio means you'll pay just $5 in annual costs for every $10,000 you invest. Similarly, the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEMKT: BND) gives you a combination of government, asset-backed, and corporate bonds, all for 0.06%.

At the other end of the spectrum, Vanguard has options to let you home in on particular types of narrowly defined investments. The sector ETFs let you concentrate on specific industry groups, such as energy and technology. You can use them either by themselves or as supplements in order to give your portfolio greater weighting to one industry than a broad-market index fund would provide. Meanwhile, ETFs that specialize in various subclasses of bonds let you tailor your overall portfolio to your particular needs.

Finally, Vanguard hasn't done much with specialty ETFs, but one area in which you can find some great funds is in the dividend investing realm. Both the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEMKT: VIG) and the Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEMKT: VYM) are designed for income investors, though they follow slightly different strategies. The Dividend Appreciation fund looks for companies that have track records of raising their dividends, with less emphasis on current yield. The High Dividend Yield ETF looks first and foremost at yield, with dividend growth playing a secondary role. Either or both funds can be useful parts of your portfolio if you're looking to maximize income.

All in all, the Vanguard ETF list offers an impressive set of exchange-traded funds. Nearly every investor can find a mix of these ETFs that will produce the market exposure they want for their investment portfolios.

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