Vanguard Review

as of 10/09/2018 at 3:01 pm

Holly's View

Low-cost. Huge global player. Fair. Good choice to get started as a default option. Vanguard has an almost evangelical following from people who like the low-cost simple mantra of this firm. They offer cheap ready-made investment portfolios which are great options for many but don’t expect much help on navigating your way into them. It’s still a bit lacking in help and support but is worth a look for many.

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Low cost

No access to shares

Straightforward investments

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What to Expect

Investment Choice


Stocks and Shares ISA

Junior ISA

Investment Account

Investments available

Own brand funds

Investment help

Robo advice / ready-made portfolios

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Vanguard is one of the world's largest asset management groups, which recently launched Vanguard Investor so investors can buy its funds directly. There are just investments and ISAs today – there's no pension yet. You can only hold their investments – so you can’t access other fund managers or buy shares here.

This low-cost service won’t offer research and shares, bells or whistles; but with its LifeStrategy range of funds it will manage your money in a decent portfolio, spread around lots of global investments which are picked and run for you, for just 0.37%.

Important Facts & Figures

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New investment service from one of the world's largest asset managers.

Minimum amounts: £100 minimum monthly amount
£500 minimum initial amount
12 month indicative performance:

A medium risk fund (Vanguard LifeStrategy 60%) returned 8.6% in 2017, after charges.

Your Questions

"I would like to open a Junior shares ISA for my Grandson for about £50/month. How do I go about it and can you recommend some reliable companies? I intend to keep this going for approx 15 years, so am looking for some sort of 'Tracker' fund that does not need my constant attention."

Roger, Surrey


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"I am confused about index funds, e.g. Vanguard Equity fund. Do they track an index or include the yield? In the case of Vanguard, their low cost is attractive but their portfolio is made up of other Vanguard funds. I assume these probably each carry a fee structure - is this correct?"

Robin, Gloucestershire


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