How Much Does an ETF Truly Cost?

In the past decade, investors have started to factor in the cost of a product when they make decisions. Issuers have responded by lowering expense ratios, but there are other factors that can contribute to a product’s total cost. Tracking error and trading expense can also impact the total cost of a given ETF, for example.

Join the experts at Vanguard on June 20th at 2pm ET and learn all about the benefits of reducing all costs associated with an ETF.

June 20, 2024
11am PT | 2pm ET
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Topics will include:

  • The importance of looking at a complete range of costs instead of simply focusing on expense ratio.
  • How Vanguard ETFs approach each dimension of cost to offer long-term value and benefits.
  • How investors can approach thinking about cost in a holistic fashion.

This program has been approved for one hour of continuing education (CE) credit by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards for the CFP® designation, The Investment and Wealth Institute for CIMA®, CPWA®, RMA®, CIMC designations and The American College of Financial Services.

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David Sharp

Senior ETF Capital Markets Specialists
The Vanguard Group

Ian O'Brien Cannon

Senior Investment Product Manager
The Vanguard Group

Lara Crigger


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Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable with the issuing fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. Instead, investors must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares in the secondary market and hold those shares in a brokerage account. In doing so, the investor may incur brokerage commissions and may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling.

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