Vanguard Brokerage Services

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  • Savings For The Future

    Jan 7, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of investment info, easy access to your account.
    Cons: I haven't come across any yet.

    Summary: I have always been a big proponent of socking money away in a 401(k) plan. It's important to save for your future retirement, and with most companies matching your contribution rather generously, a 401(k) account is a no-brainer. To add icing to the ... read more

  • Vanguard Brokerage Services is a Clown Show

    Jan 30, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Very low cost for large accounts.
    Cons: Incompetent. Bungled implementation of mandatory cost basis record keeping and simple stock symbol change.

    Summary: I am long term Vanguard investor and fan of their low cost indexing philosophy. However, I also have a substantial portfolio of individual stocks and I have been very disappointed with the quality of Vanguard Brokerage Services.  I also have a ... read more

  • Worst website and phone customer service

    Oct 6, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: People tell me it has great funds
    Cons: read my story

    Summary: I had heard good things about Vanguard (it probably has good funds) but I simply cannot overstress how extremely disappointed I am with their website and phone customer service. Here is my experience with Vanguard: first I tried opening a Roth IRA ... read more

  • "Not impressed"

    Aug 31, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: If your a "Forrest Gump" investor this is the place for you.
    Cons: "You get What You Pay For" there are better super centers out there!

    Summary: I'm not going to try to impress you with my writing skill's like some of the other posters to this site, But I will get right to the meat of this review. I have had brokerage services with 3 of the big Financial Super Sites for 20 years, Schwab, ... read more

  • Vanguard: When You Want A Cruise, But Can Only Afford A Garbage Barge

    Apr 3, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Low yearly fees.
    Cons: Inexperienced and under-educated employees handling YOUR money? I don't think so.

    Summary: Ladies, I'm full of unrestrained enthusiasm as I announce my return to the forum! I've been blessed over the years as the few darlings who I initially met through Epinions have kept in contact with me and have finally persuaded me to try my ... read more

  • Good Mutual funds/best money funds

    Jul 1, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best Money Funds make easier to keep idle funds working. Low cost mutual funds
    Cons: Stock trading (thru 3rd party) an afterthought

    Summary: Cash Balances-Money fund Most investors ignor the low earnings on uninvested cash in a brokerage account. These are either in a captive money fund with excessive fees wiping out most of the return or cash interest at a very low rate. For very high ... read more

  • A few quick things to know

    Dec 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: These guys have their act together
    Cons: Don't buy penny stocks here.

    Summary: I'm thinking that people reading this might very well be new to the investment game. I have some background with Vanguard and think I can help such folks understand some things about these guys. First of all, in Mutual Funds there are good ... read more

  • Investing Kindergarden Style

    Nov 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Friendly personnel and very prompt
    Cons: Waste of paper

    Summary: About two years ago I had a boss who invested his money in mutual funds. I had NO clue as to what a mutual fund was. My boss kept telling me I should invest some money in a mutual fund. Every time he mentioned it I would think to myself, ... read more

  • A Vanguard IRA Strategy

    Aug 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Tax Avoidance
    Cons: Need to watch investments

    Summary: OK - this might not work for everyone, but I think that my IRA strategy (executed via Vanguard) is a good one which I'd like to share: 1) I keep about 50% of my IRA in index funds. A little of this in bond and REIT funds to get fixed income ... read more

  • Not for small amounts or active traders

    Aug 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Service, Fund selection,
    Cons: High initial balance required

    Summary: Vanguard is doing itís best to discourage active traders or small amount investors of using VBS for trading. They require high initial balances. Otherwise, their service is excellent. Fund selection capability is very nice. The commission of ... read more

  • Reliable Service

    Aug 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Service, Safety
    Cons: Higher Commissions

    Summary: I shopped around for an online broker for about six months before choosing Vanguard. I have used a few others, and have since decided to close those accounts and stick with Vanguard. This company gives me a sense of confidence about where my investment ... read more

  • Vanguard is not at the vanguard

    Aug 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: reliable
    Cons: few advanced capabilities

    Summary: I have brokerage accounts at Charles Schwab, E-trade and Vanguard. Although Vanguard seems competent enough at the basics, they lack a lot of features that Schwab and E-trade have for more sophisticated investing. They don't allow trades in 32nds or ... read more

  • Simple and Successful

    Jun 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fast, helpful, quick, secure
    Cons: none

    Summary: I am only 18 so you can see the inexperience I face when I try to find a location to place my money. I saw the company through the newspaper, and noticed that they had many options of which I could place my money. The Best ... read more

  • Investing For Dummies

    May 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Offers a very efficient, up to date website
    Cons: Pricey initial deposit

    Summary: While I'm still pretty much a newbie at the investment game, I'm open to exploring and learning more about different brokerage firms and investment strategies. With my dad's trusty research, I was led to Vanguard. The thought of investing primarily ... read more

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  • Best choice for index investors

    Jun 20, 2008 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: -Low fees on funds -Great website -Great customer service
    Cons: -Fees on buying ETFs and stocks -Boring (which is a pro, if you ask me)

    Summary: I just opened a taxable mutual fund account with Vanguard couple of months back. I chose the STAR fund because it has a $1,000 limit. The STAR fund is one of the best fund of funds available according to my research. My plan is to dollar cost average the ... read more

  • Overpriced and Not Competitive

    May 28, 2005 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: None that I could name
    Cons: Highest cost, extra fees, inferior web site

    Summary: Vanguard's reputation for low cost is not well founded. I had $80,000 invested at Vanguard, yet they charged me $30 per year to maintain an IRA account. When I sold shares in the only stock I owned there, they charged me $30 commission. It took ... read more

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