The ETF fee war continues after Vanguard decided to cut fees on 21 of its ultra low-cost ETF funds last week. This includes eight of its ten biggest ETFs.

Among the ETFs in this latest round of expense ratio cuts included a variety of popular funds such as: the $114 billion Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) as well as the $112 billion Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO). The two popular funds rank as third and fourth largest funds, respectively. Costs on VTI and VOO have been reduced to 0.03%, down 1 basis point apiece.

SymbolETFExpense Ratio (Previous)
Expense Ratio (New)
BNDVanguard Total Bond Market ETF0.05%0.04%
BNDXVanguard Total International Bond ETF0.11%0.09%
VEAVanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF0.07%0.05%
VEUVanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF0.11%0.09%
VGKVanguard FTSE Europe ETF0.10%0.09%
VNQIVanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate ETF0.14%0.12%
VOVanguard Mid-Cap ETF0.05%0.04%
VOOVanguard S&P 500 ETF0.04%0.03%
VPLVanguard FTSE Pacific ETF0.10%0.09%
VSSVanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF0.13%0.12%
VTVanguard Total World Stock ETF0.10%0.09%
VTEBVanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF0.09%0.08%
VTIVanguard Total Stock Market ETF0.04%0.03%
VTVVanguard Value ETF0.05%0.04%
VUGVanguard Growth ETF0.05%0.04%
VVVanguard Large-Cap ETF0.05%0.04%
VWOVanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF0.14%0.12%
VWOBVanguard Emerging Markets Government Bond ETF0.32%0.30%
VXFVanguard Extended Market ETF0.08%0.07%
VXUSVanguard Total International Stock ETF0.11%0.09%
VYMVanguard High Dividend Yield ETF0.08%0.06%

 

This is not the first time that Vanguard has cut costs on its popular funds of late.

In February, Vanguard trimmed fees on a handful of ETFs such as the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NasdaqGM: BND), Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US (NYSEArca: VEU), Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEArca: VGK), Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF (NYSEArca: VPL), Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (NYSEArca: VTEB), Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (NASDAQ: VXUS), the Wall Street Journal reported.

Despite the recent cuts, Vanguard funds still remaining more expensive than several of the most popular competitor ETF offerings by investment companies such as Schwab, JP Morgan, and State Street.

Still, for those who are waiting on the sidelines, looking for a reason to invest in an ETF, this could be an opportunity to get involved in the markets.

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