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The best index funds of any kind are typically those that have the lowest expense ratios and are offered by large mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF) families: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index (VTSMX): Vanguard is the original indexer and VTSMX is among the first index funds to capture the total market.Are the cheapest index funds the best?
The cheapest index funds are often the best to buy, because they all do much the same thing: They passively track a market index. 1 It doesn't make sense to buy high-priced index funds, because the cheap ones can achieve the same goal.What are the best index fund companies?
If you want or need to keep your funds at one mutual funds company, the best mutual fund companies for index funds are Vanguard and Fidelity: Vanguard Investments: Home of the "Bogleheads," Vanguard is among the best and favorite of mutual fund companies for the do-it-yourself crowd.