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Vanguard vs. iShares by BlackRock

Samuel A. Kiburz Mar 9, 2022


Since we use both Vanguard and iShares by BlackRock Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) extensively, one of my pleasures over the last few years has been seeing each company try to outdo the other by lowering costs. As they continue to lower costs, they gather more and more investments. As referenced in a recent Bloomberg article, together they account for 64% of the ETF market as Vanguard is getting close to the size of BlackRock.

This competition and others has reduced the expenses on our equity ETF portfolios to an ultra-low cost of only 0.05%. This is significantly less than the average cost of 0.53% per ETF or 0.93% for an actively managed fund. On a $1,000,000 portfolio, this can save a client between $4,800 to $8,800 a year.

Costs may change. Past performance does not guarantee future results. 

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