Vanguard vs. Blackrock Funds: Is One Better Than the Other

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If you’re an owner of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) or index fund, chances are they are from either Vanguard or Blackrock. These two companies are the powerhouses in the industry. Vanguard has $7.9 trillion in assets under management, and Blackrock has $9.5 trillion.

Index Funds, Exchange-Traded Funds, and Mutual Funds

Before we get into some of the differences in Vanguard vs. Blackrock funds, let’s first cover some of the terminologies.

Index Funds

An index fund is a type of mutual fund or ETF, though the unique aspect always matches the components of an index or specific financial market. Index funds represent a theoretical segment of the market and aim to match the risk and reward of a specific need.

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF)

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) typically matches an index similar to index investing. However, an ETF can trade on an exchange, one of the most significant differences between an ETF and an index fund.

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