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The 5 Best Vanguard Funds of 2014

Here's a look at the best of Vanguard's low-cost arsenal for the current market environment

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Vanguard funds are known for two things: Low cost and simplicity.

best vanguard funds galleryAs the godfather of the index fund movement, John C. Bogle created the Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX) in 1975 as the first index fund in history. The idea was simple: If you can’t beat the 500 biggest stocks on the market … join them!

Now, Vanguard has grown to the largest mutual fund organization in the world with assets of more than $2 trillion, with a host of low-cost offerings to help investors save money as well as make money.

But one challenge that Vanguard has created thanks to its massive success is that its current suite of mutual fund products spans multiple asset classes, geographic regions and investment styles. There are so many options that it can be difficult to choose.

So what are the best Vanguard funds right now, for this market?

Based both on the unique benefits of these products and the unique situation in the current market, here are five Vanguard funds to buy now:

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