Inquirer: For Vanguard Employees, the Firm Will No Longer Offer its Signature S&P 500 Index Fund

by Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer

At Vanguard, which popularized the S&P 500 index funds, workers will no longer be able to choose that option in their 401(k) retirement plan.

The S&P 500 index fund, one of the low-cost examples of passive investing that put the firm on the investing map, will be dropped this month from the mutual fund giant’s menu of options for its employees’ 401(k) plans.

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Effective June 25, the following investments will be removed from Vanguard’s 401(k) retirement plan:

  • Vanguard High Yield Corporate Fund
  • Vanguard Short-Term Inflation Protected Securities Index Fund
  • Vanguard Balanced Index Fund
  • Vanguard Institutional Index Fund (S&P 500)
  • Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund
  • Vanguard Selected Value Fund
  • Vanguard U.S. Growth Fund
  • Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund
  • Vanguard Windsor II Fund
  • Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund
  • Vanguard Explorer Fund
  • Vanguard International Value Fund


Do you have any of these funds in your retirement accounts?