Vanguard, iShares and Schwab are some reputable exchange-traded fund providers, according to FutureAdvisor. Vanguard’s S&P 500 and Total Bond Market funds and iShare’s Core MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Markets funds offer significantly lower fees than other mutual funds.
Exchange-traded funds based on stock and bond indices are a good investment for retirement savings, as their low costs are a positive indicator of high performance, explains FutureAdvisor. These funds offer the diversification of index-based mutual funds but can be traded on the stock market. As of October 2014, the recommended Vanguard funds have annual fees ranging from 0.05 to 0.08 percent, and the recommended iShares funds have annual fees ranging from 0.14 to 0.18 percent.