The first Vanguard exchange-traded fund, the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (ticker: VTI) began trading in 2001, growing to more than $1.2 billion in assets during its initial seven months. ETFs from Vanguard | 32 select Vanguard ETFs™ from highly targeted sectors to international markets to broad domestic indexes. Built on 30+ years of indexing expertise. Designed for better market tracking. Significantly lower costs than other ETFs.* Expertise, lower costs and trusted name. Just what you'd expect from Vanguard.™ Vanguard is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and is the second-largest issuer of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).. The company offers scores of ETFs, but we distilled the list down to 10 that we think are the best overall.