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Mutual fund and ETF screener help

The mutual fund and ETF screener lets you search and compare Vanguard funds, Vanguard ETFs®, and funds from other fund families available through FundAccess® using criteria that you select.

When the number of funds found is 250 or less, you can view your results by clicking Get Results at the bottom of the page.

Results display as a table, in alphabetical order, with any Vanguard funds listed first. Use the arrow icons at the top of the columns to sort the results. The Select a category dropdown allows you to change the criteria displayed. Checkboxes to the left of each fund name allow you to narrow your results by selecting the funds you want to continue to display.

Registered users of can save search criteria or results using the buttons at the bottom of each page. Up to ten sets of criteria and ten sets of results can be saved.

Average annual total return

The average annual profit or loss realized by an investment at the end of a specified calendar period, stated as the percentage gained or lost per dollar invested.

Average maturity

For Vanguard balanced and taxable bond index funds, average maturity represents the average of the stated maturity dates for all fixed income securities held by a fund.

For Vanguard money market funds, average maturity represents the weighted average maturity of the fund's holdings using the date of the next interest rate adjustment for certain adjustable-rate securities held by the fund.

For Vanguard municipal bond funds, actively managed taxable bond funds, and non-Vanguard bond funds, average maturity is the average effective maturity of holdings, defined as the average length of time until fixed income securities held by a fund reach maturity and are repaid, taking into consideration that an action such as a call or refunding may cause some bonds to be repaid before they mature.

The longer the average maturity, the more a fund's share price will move up or down in response to changes in interest rates.

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A measure of the magnitude of a portfolio's past share-price fluctuations in relation to the ups and downs of the overall market (or appropriate market index). The market (or index) is assigned a beta of 1.00. If the overall market rose or fell by 10%, a portfolio with a beta of 1.20 would have seen its share price rise or fall by 12%.

Dollar-cost averaging

A technique of investing equal amounts of money at regular intervals on an ongoing basis, which enables investors to reduce the short-term impacts of market highs and lows. Dollar-cost averaging does not guarantee that your investments will make a profit, nor does it protect you against losses when stock or bond prices are falling. When dollar-cost averaging is selected, only funds with automatic purchase or redemption options are included in the results.


A measure of the sensitivity of bond—and bond mutual fund—prices to interest rate movements. For example, if a bond has a duration of two years, its price would fall about 2% when interest rates rose 1 percentage point. On the other hand, the bond's price would rise by about 2% when interest rates fell by 1 percentage point.

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Earnings growth rate

The average annual rate of growth in earnings over the past five years for the stocks in a portfolio.

Expense ratio

A mutual fund's annual operating expenses expressed as a percentage of average net assets. The expense ratio includes management fees, administrative fees, and any marketing and distribution fees (also known as asset-based sales charges). Expense ratios, which directly reduce returns to investors, do not take into account loads, redemption fees, or purchase or transaction fees.

Fund category

Describes the predominant style or geographic region of the securities in a fund. If a fund type is selected, only categories appropriate to that fund type will appear for selection. Click a category and use the Add button to select it. You can select up to five fund categories at a time.

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Fund family

A group of mutual funds sponsored by the same organization. [NTF] indicates that at least one fund within the family is available through FundAccess with no transaction fee. You can select up to five fund families at a time.

Fund size

The total value of a portfolio's securities, cash, and other holdings, minus any outstanding debts.

Fund type

Describes funds using the asset class or classes of the fund's securities. Use the radio buttons to select Stock, Bond, Balanced, or Vanguard money market. The checkboxes allow you to narrow the fund type further. When you select a fund type, the criteria will display only the fund categories that apply.

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Management style

Funds are managed according to one of two management styles or strategies—indexing or active management. Indexed funds follow a low-cost investment strategy that seeks to match, rather than outperform, the return and risk characteristics of an index by holding all securities that make up the index or a statistically representative sample. This is also known as passive management. Actively managed funds follow an investment strategy that seeks to outperform the average returns of the financial markets. Active managers rely on research, market forecasts, and their own judgment and experience in selecting securities to buy and sell.

Management tenure

The number of years the fund's manager has been responsible for the fund. 

Number of stocks

The number of individual stocks held in a fund's portfolio.

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Price/earnings (P/E) ratio

The share price of a stock divided by its per-share earnings over the past year or, for a portfolio, the weighted average P/E ratio of the stocks in the portfolio. P/E is a good indicator of market expectations about a company's prospects; the higher the P/E, the greater the expectations for future earnings growth.

Price/book ratio

The price per share of a stock divided by its book value (i.e., net worth) per share. For a portfolio, the ratio is the weighted average price/book ratio of the stocks it holds.


A measure of how much of a portfolio's performance can be explained by the returns from the overall market (or a benchmark index). If a portfolio's total return precisely matched that of the overall market or benchmark, its R-squared would be 1.00. If a portfolio's return bore no relationship to the market's returns, its R-squared would be 0.

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Share class

A mutual fund may offer more than one "class" of shares to investors. Each class represents a similar interest in the mutual fund's portfolio but is offered at a different price. Fees and expenses will vary according to class; therefore, investment returns will differ. Share class is available when searching only for Vanguard funds and can't be selected when other fund families are included in the search. Admiral™ Shares require a minimum investment of $100,000.

Transaction-fee and no-transaction-fee (NTF) or load funds

Types of fees relating to mutual fund transactions. A transaction fee is a charge assessed by an intermediary, such as a broker-dealer or a bank, for assisting in the sale or purchase of a security. No-transaction-fee (NTF) funds do not carry a service charge, but may carry redemption fees. A load fund is a mutual fund that levies a sales fee, whether it's when shares are bought (a front-end load) or when they are sold (a back-end load, also known as a contingent deferred sales charge). See the Vanguard brokerage commission and fee schedule for more information.

Please note that choosing to exclude funds with redemption fees will exclude only funds with redemption fees charged by the outside fund company. NTF funds subject to the short-term redemption fee described above will be included in your results.

Turnover rate

An indication of trading activity during the past year. Portfolios with high turnover rates incur higher transaction costs and are more likely to distribute capital gains (which are taxable for nonretirement accounts).


The yield for a non-money-market fund is based on a formula mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that calculates a fund's hypothetical annualized income as a percentage of its assets. A security's income, for the purposes of this calculation, is based on the current market yield to maturity (in the case of bonds) or projected dividend yield (for stocks) of the fund's holdings over a trailing 30-day period. This hypothetical income will differ (at times, significantly) from the fund's actual experience. As a result, income distributions from the fund may be higher or lower than implied by the yield. The yield for a money market fund is calculated by annualizing its daily income distributions for the previous seven days.

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