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Vanguard index funds

Build low-cost diversified portfolios

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Vanguard's index funds are designed to give you the tools you need to build low-cost diversified portfolios.

The Vanguard approach to indexing

Vanguard index tracker funds are designed to work as the building blocks of a successful investment portfolio. Core index providers are FTSE, MSCI and S&P Dow Jones for equities and Barclays for fixed income. Coverage includes emerging and developed markets, UK, Europe, Japan, Asia-Pacific and the US, as well as socially responsible investing (SRI). Funds are structured on the following characteristics:

Our approach

Our indexing expertise dates back to when we launched the first Index fund for retail investors in 1976. We bring this to our ETFs so that you know, when you select a Vanguard ETF, you know exactly what you are going to get: low-cost, uncomplicated access to a broad market exposure.

Low cost

to maximise returns to investors.


tracking error for consistent performance

Market capitalisation

weighted to reflect the whole market

Our approach to costs

Running costs are covered by the Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF), which delivers exceptional value and is among the lowest in the industry.

We ask all investors to pay for their own significant transactions costs, such as Stamp Duty Reserve Tax and the trading expenses caused by investors entering or exiting the fund (dilution), rather than charging those to existing investors in the fund.

Important risk information:

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

For further information on risks please see the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus on our website.