Open-End TIPS Mutual Funds

An investor can buy or sell shares in an open-end TIPS mutual fund at any time without a brokerage account. A search on Morningstar returned 66 funds in the "Inflation-Protected Bond" category with no load, an initial investment of $10,000 or less, and an expense ratio of 1.0% or less. That's plenty to choose from.

More dollars are invested in the Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund (VIPSX) than any other fund in this group. It's ten times the size of the Fidelity fund and almost 100 times the size of the T. Rowe Price fund. There's a very good reason: the Vanguard fund has the lowest expense ratio.

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