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Index Funds


For an extensive selection of index funds, look no further than Schwab. Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. (CSIM) provides experienced management, no investment minimums and some of the lowest expense ratios in the industry. Choose from traditional market cap index funds or Fundamental Index* funds.

Why invest in equity index funds?

Index funds are funds that track the performance of a specific index, such as the S&P 500® Index. Because portfolio decisions are rules based and transactions are generally less frequent than they would be for an actively managed fund, expenses tend to be low. Index funds may also help to lower risk through diversification, as one fund can offer exposure to hundreds of securities.

What Schwab offers.

Schwab makes it easy to invest in a low-cost, diversified index fund portfolio that reflects your goals.

  • Low costs. Our expenses are some of the lowest in the industry.
  • No minimums.1 You can start investing in our competitively priced funds no matter how much you have to invest.
  • Experienced management. Charles Schwab Investment Management is a leader in index fund management.  

Compare your options.

We offer traditional market cap index funds as well as our Fundamental Index funds. Both types of index funds offer lower turnover, low fees and expenses, and full market participation. There are a few key differences, though:

  Traditional Cap-Weighted Methodology Fundamental Index Methodology
Index Construction
  • Weights companies in an index based on their market capitalization (the total market value of their stock).
  • Most major market indexes, such as the S&P 500, follow this approach.
Weights companies in an index based on fundamental measures of company size:

  • Adjusted sales
  • Retained operating cash flow
  • Dividends plus buybacks

This approach seeks to weight companies based on economic size, rather than how the market is currently valuing them.

See all index funds.

Operating Expense Ratio
Symbol Description  Investment Strategy Fund
SWPPX Schwab® S&P 500 Index Seeks to track the total return of the S&P 500® Index by investing in leading U.S. publicly traded companies from a broad range of industries. 0.03%   
SWTSX Schwab Total Stock Market Index® Seeks to track the total return of the Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market IndexSM, which includes all U.S. headquartered equity securities with readily available price data. 0.03%
SNXFX Schwab 1000 Index®  Fund Seeks to track the total return of the Schwab 1000 Index® by investing in the stocks of the 1,000 largest publicly traded companies in the United States. 0.05%
SWSSX Schwab Small Cap Index Fund® Seeks to track the total return of the Russell 2000® Index. This index includes the stocks of the 2,000 smallest companies listed in the Russell 3000®  Index, that contains the 3,000 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. 0.05%
SWISX Schwab International Index Fund® Seeks to track the total return of the MSCI EAFE Index, which includes stocks from the developed markets outside North America – Europe, Australasia, and the Far East. 0.06% 

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Investment value will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.