Vanguard Review

Vanguard

Founded 1975

Minafi Score

97 /100

Minafi Rating

10 /10

Usability Rating

5 /10

Cost Rating

9 /10

Trust Rating

10 /10

Company Age Score

5 /5

JD Power Rating

10 /1000

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Minafi's Take

Vanguard is the industry leader for low cost, diversified index funds. 6 of the 10 largest mutual funds in the world are Vanguard funds. Unlike their competitors, Vanguard is owned by their investors – like a credit union. This means they don’t need to increase their revenue. They’re optimized around increasing revenue for investors.

Minafi absolutely recommends Vanguard for anyone hoping to invest for retirement – despite the user interface that looks like it was created in the 90s.

Just The Facts

Here’s everything you want to know about Vanguard.

Who Manages Your Money?

Vanguard is categorized as a Self-Guided Account.

What Features Does Betterment Offer?

Vanguard allows you to invest using at least 9 different account types, over at least 3 platforms.

How Much Does Betterment Cost?

Assuming a 0.05% average expense ratio for a portfolio.

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Fees & Expenses View all fees

  • $20/yr fee for accounts with less than $10,000.
  • 0.03% - 0.93% expense ratio for mutual funds and ETFs.
  • Some funds have a purchase or redemption fee from 0.25% to 1% (I’d recommend avoiding these).

How Do I Sign Up?

Open an Account

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Vanguard

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Ratings
Rating Type Rating
Minafi Rating 10 /10
Usability Score 5 /10
Cost Rating 9 /10
Trust Rating 10 /10
Company Age Score 5 /5
JD Power Score 10 /10
Overview
Overview Feature Included
Founded 1975
Min Investment $1,000.00
Classification
Accounts Offered
How to Access
Allows Investors from
Features
Feature Included
Automatic Investing
Automatic Rebalancing
Automatic Tax-Loss Harvesting
Checking Account
Fractional ETF Shares
Free Trades
Good for Beginners
Good for Day Trading
Good for Retirement
Sign Up Bonus
Fees & Expenses
Fee Type Included
Management Fee -
Monthly Fee -
Options Fee -
Trade Fee -

M1 Finance

99

Open An Account
Ratings
Rating Type Rating
Minafi Rating 10 /10
Usability Score 8 /10
Cost Rating 10 /10
Trust Rating 9 /10
Company Age Score 5 /5
JD Power Score -
Overview
Overview Feature Included
Founded 2015
Min Investment $100.00
Classification
Accounts Offered
How to Access
Allows Investors from
Features
Feature Included
Automatic Investing
Automatic Rebalancing
Automatic Tax-Loss Harvesting
Checking Account
Fractional ETF Shares
Free Trades
Good for Beginners
Good for Day Trading
Good for Retirement
Sign Up Bonus
Fees & Expenses
Fee Type Included
Management Fee -
Monthly Fee -
Options Fee -
Trade Fee -

Betterment

84

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Ratings
Rating Type Rating
Minafi Rating 9 /10
Usability Score 10 /10
Cost Rating 4 /10
Trust Rating 9 /10
Company Age Score 5 /5
JD Power Score -
Overview
Overview Feature Included
Founded 2008
Min Investment $0.00
Classification
Accounts Offered
How to Access
Allows Investors from
Features
Feature Included
Automatic Investing
Automatic Rebalancing
Automatic Tax-Loss Harvesting
Checking Account
Fractional ETF Shares
Free Trades
Good for Beginners
Good for Day Trading
Good for Retirement
Sign Up Bonus
Fees & Expenses
Fee Type Included
Management Fee
Monthly Fee -
Options Fee -
Trade Fee -

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