Use the app to do the following (some features may not be available for employer-sponsored plans):
• Manage account activity (check your balances, monitor performance, view account statements and messages, review employer-sponsored plan).
• Buy & sell (trade mutual funds, ETFs, and stocks; use your camera to invest by check into an eligible account; transact on your employer plan).
• Stay informed (use the portfolio analysis tool, track market index trends, research investments, view and share the latest news).
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**Vanguard ETF Shares can be bought and sold only through a broker (who may charge a commission) and cannot be redeemed with the issuing fund. The market price of Vanguard ETF Shares may be more or less than net asset value.**
U.S. Patent Nos. 6,879,964; 7,337,138; 7,720,749; 7,925,573; 8,090,646; and 8,417,623.
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Ratings and Reviews
The app has been generally useful but quite limited (I’m using it with an employer-sponsored retirement plan); its main value has been to check my account balance.
I have Touch ID enabled and it has worked well until recently. Now, when I login with Touch ID, the app shows me as logged-in but the screen has a (tiny) user id/password prompt on it, and I have to re-authenticate before I can do anything. I never remember my password for this account so I look it up which requires – wait for it – Touch ID. If this is supposed to be multi-factor authentication, then the app designers are clearly not familiar with the concept. It adds *nothing* to security and it’s annoying to deal with. If this is an employer-mandated change, then they need to bone up on MFA. If there’s a fix (e.g., unset or improperly-set option), I have yet to find it.
The only upside is that now I can (e.g.) see messages without going through the annoying id/password authentication a second time. Other than that, it’s just a pain.
Doesn’t work with Touch ID or face recognition
If you try to use Touch ID or face recognition to log in, it almost always fails. As a result, it then locks you out of the app. Then you have to quit the app and log on to their web site, where you have to input all your personal information, answer numerous security questions, and be sent a temporary password (so much information is demanded that you have to wonder if you’ve actually stumbled onto a phishing site and your life savings is about to disappear). Oh, but the temporary password doesn’t work with the app, so you have to log back in on the web site and change your password back to the original one. Then you can log back into the app. But if you accidentally touch the home button or allow the iPhone X to look at your face, it locks you out again, and you get to go through the same process again.
If you instead spend all that time working a second job, you’d make more money than you would by investing with Vanguard.
I and others have informed Vanguard of these problems, but they’re in denial on this matter.
In contrast, the Fidelity app works very well, has much more info on it, is much more intuitive, and doesn’t have any of these problems. And, by the way, Fidelity’s phone tech support is also much better. So there’s a simple solution: trash this app, ditch Vanguard, and invest through Fidelity. After fighting with this awful app, I did just this and am happy that I did.
This week was a tough week on the market. However, despite a minor hit, I’ve never felt more secure that our future and holdings are in great hands, and that my family and I have a bright financial future ahead. If I need something, Whether tips, training, or options to choose from, Vanguard is there to help. There knowledgeable staff is always confident and up to date on regulation. They set the bar for “Gold Standard” service. I’m very confident that we we getting the best service possible with such and up and down market challenges and fully believe that we will (together w/ Vanguard) accomplish our financial goals! Integrity matters, and they have it, and they always have time for the little guy, even me :-)
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.