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Like most mutual fund companies, Vanguard charges a higher commission for stock trades since that's not their main business; they just have it in case somebody wants it.

What you should be concerned about is how much you will be paying in commissions related to your whole portfolio. On a $2000 account, if you make 5 trades in a year at $10 a trade, you'll pay $50 in commissions. That's 2.5% of your portfolio -- which is tolerable, although getting into the "uncomfortable" range, since that limits your returns by that much. If you made 10 trades in a year at $10 a trade, you'd lose 5% of your performance that year--clearly unacceptable.

Wherever you invest, make sure to take all relevant measures of trading costs into account, not just what they advertise as the commission.
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