List of Low Cost Index Funds

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Index funds offer investors the opportunity to diversify their portfolio while carrying fewer costs and financial risks than actively managed funds. For first-time investors, index funds are a good way to build the foundation for a sound investing strategy. If you're looking to invest and want to avoid hefty fees, consider low-cost index funds.

Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Investor

  • The Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Investor Fund (FSMKX) is a large-cap fund fund tracking the S&P 500. Operating expenses for this no-load growth and income fund are low at .10 percent, however, the required minimum investment is $10,000.

Fidelity Spartan International Index Investor

  • The Fidelity Spartan International Index Investor Fund (FSIIX) carries a relatively low operating expense ratio of .10 percent with a minimum investment of $10,000. A large-value foreign stock fund, it tracks the Morgan Stanley Capital International Europe, Australasia and Far East Index (MSCI EAFE), as well as lending securities.

Vanguard 500 Index Investor

  • The Vanguard 500 Index Investor Fund (VFINX) is a large-cap fund that tracks the S&P 500. A no-load growth and income fund, it carries a .18 percent expense ratio. A $3,000 minimum investment is required.

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund

  • The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSMX) is a large-cap growth fund that tracks the MSCI U.S. Broad Market Index. Operating expense ratio for this no-load fund is .18 percent, and the minimum investment is $3,000

Schwab S&P 500 Index Fund

  • The Schwab S&P 500 Index Fund (SWPPX) has a lower operating expense of .09 percent as well as a low minimum investment of $100. The fund tracks the S&P 500 and is a no-load, large-blend growth fund.

Schwab Total Stock Market Index Fund

  • The Schwab Total Stock Market Index Fund (SWTSX) tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index. Expense ratio is low at .09 percent and the minimum investment is $100. This is also a no-load, large-blend fund.

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