Cost comparison simulation


You can use our cost comparison tool to see the effect costs can have on your investment over time, whether it's an ETF or a mutual fund.

How to use this tool:

  • Enter your initial investment amount, annual return and holding period
  • Choose whether your fund is an ETF or a mutual fund and give it a name (press ‘remove’ if you make a mistake)
  • Press the tab key or click on the Ongoing charges (OCF) box to enter a figure
  • Then press enter or the red calculate button to calculate the likely returns and costs
  • You can add figures for other additional fees (press enter or calculate to see the effect each fee will have)
  • To compare more than one fund, simply add another ETF or mutual fund by selecting between the two fund types.
  • You can view your results in a table and a graph or download them as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet.

Please rotate your device to compare funds.

Investment assumptions Calculation methodology

  Additional investment amount   £

Ongoing charges figure (OCF)
Bid/Offer spread
Brokerage fee
Additional cost & fees
Annual adviser fee
Initial platform fee
Ongoing annual platform fee
Initial charge/dilution levy
Redemption charge/dilution levy
Cost over time
View as
Total cost breakdown
Fund costs
Transaction costs
External costs
Overall costs

Important Information

This document is directed at professional investors and should not be distributed to, or relied upon by retail investors.

Although all the information displayed is assumed to be accurate, Vanguard does not take responsibility for any errors associated with the use of this information, including but not limited to the downloading of this information for the use in preparing financial planning packages.

The calculator does not take into account commissions, fees or charges.

If you choose funds that fall into different investment categories, a comparison of those funds may not provide meaningful or accurate results.

This calculator assumes the hypothetical rate of return selected by you and does not represent the performance of any particular investment. Results will vary based on criteria selected and forecasts are not a reliable indicator of future results.

The final value of an investment is based on the inputs that you enter.  Therefore the final value is hypothetical and does not represent any particular investment.

The value of investments, and the income from them, may fall or rise and investors may get back less than they invested.

This tool is provided to you by Vanguard Asset Management, Limited Issued by Vanguard Asset Management, Limited which is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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