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A low-cost investment leader that puts clients first
Stability and experience
What sets Vanguard apart – and lets Vanguard put investors first around the world – is the ownership structure of The Vanguard Group, Inc., in the United States.
Rather than being publicly traded or owned by a small group of individuals, The Vanguard Group is owned by Vanguard's US-domiciled funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Those funds, in turn, are owned by their investors.
This unique mutual structure aligns our interests with those of our investors and drives the culture, philosophy and policies throughout the Vanguard organisation worldwide.
In Europe, Vanguard leverages the scale, experience and resources of our established global business. Vanguard's ownership structure means that our clients don't have to worry that we'll be acquired. The company they invest with today will continue to serve them in the future.
Investors can’t control the markets, but they can control the costs of investing. Providing low-cost investments isn't a pricing strategy for us. It's how we do business.
We can keep costs low because of our unique ownership structure in the United States, which allows us to return profits to investors through lower costs.
Vanguard’s scale also helps to keep costs low. As our assets under management increase, we can reduce expense ratios for the investors in our funds globally.
The ownership structure of our parent company, The Vanguard Group, aligns our interests with those of our clients. Because Vanguard is not publicly traded, we can extend the benefits of that structure to our clients in Europe.
From rigorous risk management to transparent pricing to plain talk communications, we put our clients' interests first.
Everything we do at Vanguard is designed to give our clients the best chance for investment success.
The Vanguard Group, Inc.: Key facts and figures*
|Total assets under management||$4.2 trillion|
|Funds offered||180 in the US, and 190 funds in markets outside the US.|
|Headquarters||Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Chairman and CEO||William McNabb|
|Number of employees||More than 15,000 worldwide|
*Data as at 31 March 2017. Monetary figures are in US dollars.
**The Vanguard Group, Inc. is owned by its US-domiciled funds, which are owned by their shareholders.