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Index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can help provide efficient access to a wide swath of markets—often at lower costs than actively managed funds.

Now offering access to more U.S. equity REIT segments for just 7 basis points.

Schwab U.S. REIT ETF

What we offer

In 1991, we launched our first index fund, the Schwab 1000 Index Fund, based on Schwab's proprietary index methodology. Since then, we've become the fifth-largest ETF provider in the U.S., with over $251 billion in AUM, and the third-largest retail index mutual fund provider in the U.S., with over $130 billion in AUM.1 We offer index products that give investors the tools to build a diversified portfolio.

Index solutions

Our approach

We focus on the investor, rather than chasing down the latest investment trend. Our index mutual funds and ETFs include simple, low-cost, core investment products, spanning both broad-based equity and bond markets, and can help offer the diversification required in a well-rounded portfolio.


  • Among the lowest costs in the industry. 
  • No minimum investment.
  • 21 out of 25 of our ETFs exceed $1 billion in AUM.2


  • Established, long-tenured investment management expertise.
  • Build a diversified portfolio for only four basis points on average by investing in just three Schwab ETF products.3
  • Average expense ratio of 11 basis points across our ETFs and 14 basis points across our index mutual funds.4

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Low-cost index philosophy

Expenses matter. Every basis point counts in helping investors achieve their investment goals. That's why we're focused on offering the index products investors and their advisors want—at competitive costs. 

Schwab market cap index ETFs

Schwab ETF expenses are among the lowest in the industry. More than 89% of Schwab market cap index ETFs have expenses lower than 0.10%, with an asset-weighted average expense ratio of just 0.05%.5

Compare costs of Schwab market cap index ETFs to Vanguard

market cap index ETFs

Schwab Fundamental Index* mutual funds and ETFs

While fund expenses should not be the only factor in choosing a strategic beta strategy, selecting a strategy with a low expense ratio remains an important consideration—especially over long time horizons. The average expense ratio for Schwab Fundamental Index ETFs and mutual funds is 0.30% and 0.32%, respectively —lower than the industry average of 0.43% for strategic beta ETFs and 0.84% for strategic beta mutual funds.6

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Schwab Fundamental Index mutual funds and ETFs

Schwab market cap mutual funds

Schwab offers market cap index mutual funds with no minimums at among the lowest costs in the industry. All Schwab market cap index mutual fund expenses are less than 0.10%, with an asset-weighted average expense ratio of just 0.03%.7

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Schwab market cap mutual funds

Advisor tools

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Advisor tools

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Fund explorer

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Featured index products

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Index insights

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Schwab Market Update

U.S. equities finished a shortened week lower, notching a third-consecutive week of losses, in what has been a volatile start to 2022. As has been the theme over the past sessions, early gains faded and succumbed to concerns over the economic implications of a potentially more aggressive Fed amid persistent inflation pressures, and the expectations of rising interest rates. The rebound in the Information Technology sector fell flat, leading in this week's sharp drop that pulled the Nasdaq into correction territory. Meanwhile, Energy stocks trimmed a recent rally as crude oil prices pared a recent run, and Financials also weighed on the broad markets with Treasuries sharply higher to apply noticeable pressure on yields. Adding to the Nasdaq's woes, Netflix plunged after its stronger-than-expected Q4 results were overshadowed by Q1 guidance that suggested subscriber growth and revenue would be decisively below the Street's forecast. In other equity news, CSX Corporation slightly beat quarterly estimates, but labor and fuel costs weighed on profitability, and Dow member Intel Corporation announced an initial $20 billion investment to build chip factories in Ohio. One of the few bright spots of the day was the tenth-straight monthly gain for the Leading Economic Index for the month of December. The U.S. dollar dipped, and gold prices traded to the downside. Markets in both Europe and Asia finished broadly lower as markets overseas also saw increased volatility.
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Aided by a sea change in fiscal policy, the potential for a high tide of growth is likely to help float the global economy in 2022, which bodes well for international equities. Use this chart to talk with your clients about the investment opportunity.

Stocks remain under pressure, led by selling in technology.