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Mutual Funds

Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade

Symbol: VFSTX
Expense ratio: 0.20%

Vanguard Short-Term Investment grade is a bond fund and a member of the Kiplinger 25, the annual list of our favorite funds.

Manager Greg Nassour has half of the portfolio in corporate bonds; the rest is in cash, Treasuries, and asset- and mortgage-backed bonds. The short maturities limit the damage from rising interest rates. The fund yields 2.0%.

See FUND TABLES: Kiplinger 25 at a Glance for the complete list of our favorite no-load mutual funds. Visit Kiplinger's Model Portfolios for three examples of how you can put Kiplinger 25 funds to work. And for the full collection of our Kiplinger 25 content, see KIPLINGER 25: A Guide to Our Favorite No-Load Funds.