Vanguard Bolsters Commission-Free ETF Suite

Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, has offered its own ETFs to clients on a commission-free basis since 2010, but the fund giant is broadening access to commission-free ETFs by offering rivals’ funds without commissions.

In a statement out Monday, Pennsylvania-based Vanguard said it will offer nearly 1,800 ETFs, including funds from rivals such as BlackRock iShares, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) and Schwab, on a commission-free basis.

ETFs deemed overly complex or speculative will be excluded.

“Vanguard has led the industry in reducing the cost and complexity of investing for all investors for more than four decades. We’ve driven down the costs of funds. We’ve driven down the cost of advice. Now, we’re driving down the cost of investing in ETFs,” said Karin Risi, Managing Director of Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group, in the statement. “We believe giving investors access to a broad choice of low-cost, broadly diversified, commission-free investments is good for investors and good for the asset management industry.”

A Massive Suite of ETFs

Commission-free platforms for exchange traded funds are popular throughout the brokerage industry with some of the largest brokerage firms, including E*Trade, Schwab and TD Ameritrade, offering expansive of ETFs on a commission-free basis.

By offering close to 1,800 ETFs without commissions, Vanguard is now home to the brokerage industry’s largest commission-free ETF platform.