Fidelity Rewrites the Rules of Investing to Deliver Unparalleled Value and Simplicity to Investors

  • First-Ever Zero Expense Ratio Self-Indexed Funds for Individual Investors
  • Zero Investment Minimums, Account Fees and Account Minimums
  • Significantly Reduced Expenses on Existing Fidelity Index Mutual Funds

Fee Comparison: Fidelity vs. Charles Schwab and Vanguard, Page 2 (Graphic: Business Wire)

BOSTON--()--Fidelity Investments®, one of the largest index mutual fund providers with over $7 trillion in total client assets, announced today a series of industry-changing moves that will give investors unparalleled value, simplicity and choice. Fidelity’s groundbreaking enhancements include:

  • Zero expense ratio mutual funds (Fidelity ZERO Index Funds)
  • Zero minimums to open accounts
  • Zero account fees
  • Zero domestic money movement fees
  • Zero investment minimums on Fidelity retail and advisor mutual funds and 529 plans1
  • Significantly reduced and simplified pricing on existing Fidelity index mutual funds

“Fidelity is once again rewriting the rules of investing to deliver the unparalleled value and straightforward investing options that individuals need and deserve,” said Kathleen Murphy, president of Fidelity Investments’ personal investing business. “We are charting a new course in index investing that benefits investors of all ages – from millennials to baby boomers – and at all affluence levels and stages of their lives. The ground-breaking zero expense ratio index funds combined with industry-leading zero minimums for account opening, zero investment minimums, zero account fees, zero domestic money movement fees and significantly reduced index pricing are unmatched by any other financial services company.

“Fidelity’s relentless focus on enhancing the value we provide to investors, combined with our award-winning platforms and broad-based financial planning and advisory services, demonstrate the clear advantage of investing with Fidelity,” continued Murphy. “With Fidelity, investors never have to compromise on great value or comprehensive service.”

Watch Kathleen Murphy discuss Fidelity’s enhancements in a live broadcast on or at around 10:45 a.m. today, Aug. 1, 2018.

Zero, Zilch, Nada – The Zeros Really Add Up

  • Zero Expense Ratio Fidelity ZERO Index Funds. Fidelity ZERO Total Market Index Fund (FZROX) and Fidelity ZERO International Index Fund (FZILX) are the industry’s first self-indexed mutual funds with a zero expense ratio available directly to individual investors. This means investors will pay a 0.00% fee, regardless of how much they invest in either fund, while gaining exposure to nearly the entire global stock market. The funds will be available on as of Aug. 3, 2018. For more information on these funds, click here.
Firm     Fidelity     Vanguard     Charles Schwab
Fund name    

Fidelity ZERO Total
Market Index Fund


Vanguard Total Stock
Market Index Fund


Schwab Total Stock
Market Index Fund

Net Expenses     0.00%     0.14%     0.03%
Investment Minimum     $0     $3,000     $0
Firm     Fidelity*     Vanguard     Charles Schwab
Fund names    

Fidelity ZERO
International Index Fund


Vanguard FTSE All-
World, Ex-U.S. Index
Fund (VFWIX)


International Index
Fund (SWISX)

Net Expenses     0.00%     0.23%     0.06%
Investment Minimum     $0     $3,000     $0

* Comparisons based on fund expense ratios only. Please consider other important factors including that each fund’s investment objectives, strategy, and index tracked to achieve its goals may differ, as well as each fund’s features and risks.

  • Zero minimums to open accounts; zero account fees; and zero domestic money movement fees for individual investors. Investors of all ages and affluence crave an investing approach and fee structure that is straightforward and simple. Fidelity is taking a leading approach in the industry by implementing across-the-board zero investment minimums to open a Fidelity retail brokerage account (including the Attainable Savings Plan) as well as eliminating account and domestic money movement fees on these accounts. For example, Fidelity will not charge individual investors for domestic bank wires, check stop payments, returned checks and low balance maintenance fees. These changes are effective immediately.
  • Zero investment minimums on Fidelity mutual funds and 529 plans1. Fidelity will impose no investment minimums on its mutual funds and 529 college savings plans available to individual investors directly from Fidelity or through a financial advisor. These changes are effective immediately.
  • Reduced and simplified pricing on existing Fidelity index mutual funds. In addition to offering the industry’s first self-indexed mutual funds with a zero expense ratio, Fidelity is reducing the pricing on its existing stock and bond index mutual funds. Fidelity will provide investors the lowest priced share class available, ensuring every investor, regardless of how much they invest, will benefit from the lowest possible fees. The average asset-weighted annual expense across Fidelity’s stock and bond index fund lineup’s will decrease by 35 percent, with funds as low as 0.015 percent. These changes will save shareholders approximately $47 million annually2. With this action, 100 percent of Fidelity’s stock and bond index mutual funds and sector ETFs will have total net expenses lower than all of Vanguard’s comparable funds that are available to individuals, advisors and institutional investors.3 In addition, Fidelity beats Schwab’s prices for nine of 10 comparable index mutual funds (and is tied on the 10th index mutual fund).

Please see the attached appendix for additional details on competitive pricing comparisons.

About Fidelity Investments

Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $7.0 trillion, including managed assets of $2.5 trillion as of June 30, 2018, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 27 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 12,500 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money. Privately held for 70 years, Fidelity employs more than 40,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit

Before investing, consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the mutual fund, exchange-traded fund, 529 plan, Attainable Savings Plan, or annuity and its investment options. Contact Fidelity for a prospectus, offering circular, Fact Kit, disclosure document, or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this information. Read it carefully.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Zero account minimums and Zero account fees apply to retail brokerage accounts only.
Expenses charged by investments, such as funds and managed accounts, and for commissions, interest charges, or other expenses for transactions may still apply.
All Fidelity funds with investment minimums of $10k or less, and in stock and bond index fund classes with minimums of $100 million or less, now have zero minimums.
See the fund’s prospectus and for further details.

Some Fidelity mutual funds have minimum investment requirements. Other fees and expenses may apply to continue investment as described in the fund’s current prospectus. See the fund’s prospectus for details.

Stock markets, especially foreign markets, are volatile and can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, or economic developments. Foreign securities are subject to interest rate, currency exchange rate, economic, and political risks, all of which are magnified in emerging markets.

In general, the bond market is volatile, and fixed income securities carry interest rate risk. (As interest rates rise, bond prices usually fall, and vice versa. This effect is usually more pronounced for longer-term securities.) Fixed income securities also carry inflation risk, liquidity risk, call risk, and credit and default risks for both issuers and counterparties. Unlike individual bonds, most bond funds do not have a maturity date, so holding them until maturity to avoid losses caused by price volatility is not possible. Any fixed income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to loss.

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The third party trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Investing in stock involves risks, including the loss of principal.

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1 Minimums have been eliminated for funds that previously required an initial investment of $10,000 or less, as well as for stock and bond index funds that previously had minimums up to $100 million. A very small number of institutionally-priced fixed income and Freedom Index funds will maintain their current investment minimums.
2 Based on June 30, 2018 ending AUM
3 This excludes certain Vanguard shares that are only available to institutional investors.


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Fidelity rewrites the rules of investing to deliver unparalleled value and simplicity to investors


Fidelity Investments
Corporate Communications, 617-563-5800
Follow us on Twitter @FidelityNews
Nicole Goodnow, 617-563-3785