2019: Can I buy/trade/invest in popular Vanguard ETFs (VTI, SPY, IJH, VYM, VGT, VNQ, VT) on TD Ameritrade?

Investing in Vanguard ETFs on TD Ameritrade

If you recently opened an account with TD Ameritrade you may be wondering what you are able to buy. The good news is Ameritrade offers one of the most robust selections of investments you will find, including popular ETFs from Vanguard, iShares, and SPDR. This article will offer an overview of some of these popular ETFs and how to browse them in your Ameritrade account.

How to View Vanguard, iShares, and SPDR ETF Offerings

TD Ameritrade offers a great ETF screener (below) that you can use to browse their 2,000+ ETFs. You can filter them by a number of criteria, such as expenses, Morningstar category, distribution yield, and fund family. You can see below that they offer 80 ETFs managed by Vanguard. Next, we’ll take a look at some of the popular choices you can trade with Ameritrade.


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SPDR® S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Arguably one of the most well-known ETFs is the SPDR SPY ETF managed by State Street Global Advisors. This passive ETF tracks the total performance of the S&P 500 index with an expense ratio of 0.09%. Its massive size ($268 billion) and high liquidity (it trades more than $16billion worth of shares on any given day) make this the “go-to” ETF for S&P 500 exposure.

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iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (IJH)

The iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF, although smaller than SPY, still offers liquid and cost-effective exposure to the S&P MidCap 400 index. It has $50 billion in assets and boasts an attractive 0.07% expense ratio.

Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF (VTI)

If you thought the SPY ETF was big (and it is), it dwarfs in comparison to the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund ETF, which has an incredible $814 billion in assets. This Vanguard ETF tracks the performance of the total U.S. stock market (as defined by equities listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ); inclusive of small, mid and large cap stocks. As is typical of Vanguard funds, this ETF has an almost non-existent expense ratio of 0.03%.

Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF (VYM)

The Vanguard High Dividend Yield Index Fund ETF is another popular choice, especially among investors focused on dividend payments. This fund seeks to track the FTSE High Dividend Yield Index and invests primarily in U.S. stocks that pay higher than average dividends. The ETF’s distribution rate is currently around 3%. With $33 billion in assets and a 0.06% expense ratio, this ETF could be a smart addition to your portfolio.

Vanguard Information Technology Index Fund ETF (VGT)

Vanguard also offers ETFs with more targeted exposures, such as the Vanguard Information Technology Index Fund ETF, which seeks to track the performance of the MSCI US Investable Market Index/Information Technology 25/50. This index consists of public companies within the Information Technology GICS sector. It has $23 billion in AUM and charges an expense ratio of 0.10%.

Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund ETF (VNQ)

Similar to VYM, the Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund ETF prioritizes income distribution with a dividend rate of roughly 4%. This ETF seeks income generation first and capital appreciation secondly by investing in publically traded U.S. real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other real estate-related investments.

Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund ETF (VT)

Last but not least, we have another Vanguard ETF. The Vanguard Total World Stock ETF seeks to mirror the performance of the FTSE Global All Cap Index by investing in publically traded companies from across the developed and emerging worlds. This ETF is on the smaller size with $18 billion in assets but still has an attractive 0.09% expense ratio given its global focus.

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