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

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.

Background: Vanguard vs Blackrock Funds


Vanguard was established in 1975 by Jack Bogle, who believed that a mutual fund company should not have outside owners. Instead, shareholders of the Vanguard Group own the company’s different funds.


Blackrock started in 1988 with eight people in a single room who shared a determination to put clients’ needs first. By 1999, Blackrock rapidly grew to $165 billion in assets under management and then went public on the New York Stock Exchange.

Most Popular Vanguard vs. Blackrock Funds

S&P 500 ETFs: VOO vs. IVV

The Vanguard and Blackrock funds are the Vanguard 500 Index Fund ETF (VOO), and iShares Core S&P ETF (IVV) are two of the most popular funds. IVV has more assets under management with $326.25 billion vs. VOO’s $272.97 billion. The underlying index for both is, of course, the S&P 500.

Total Stock Market ETFs: VTI vs. ITOT

VTI and ITOT are similar but have more significant differences than VOO vs. IVV. For example, the assets under management for VTI are 284.47 billion and $44.31 billion for ITOT. A higher daily trading volume means that the security is more competitive and less volatile.

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