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Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio

September 2016

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Vanguard Conservative ETF Portfolio

Based on the Kiplinger ETF 20, our favorite exchange-traded funds.
 40% Stocks |  60% Bonds | 


 Data through August 31, 2017

FUND NAME SYMBOL % OF
PORTFOLIO
YTD
RETURN
1-YR
RETURN
3-YR
RETURN
5-YR
RETURN
10-YR
RETURN
MAX LOAD EXPENSE RATIO
BondVanguard Total Bond Market Index ETFBND15%3.75%0.37%2.57%2.1%4.35%none%0.05%
BondVanguard Total International Bond Index Fund ETF SharesBNDX51.76-0.373.31none0.12
StockVanguard Small Cap ETFVB55.9312.876.913.578.35none0.06
BondVanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund ETF SharesVCIT405.431.983.883.86none0.07
StockVanguard Total Stock Market ETFVTI2011.2115.999.0214.217.81none0.04
StockVanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF SharesVXUS1019.4718.852.97.871.76none0.11
StockVanguard High Dividend Yield ETFVYM56.3412.078.7513.337.39none0.08
   1007.637.164.996.843.18 0.07
** Closed to new investors. # Closed to new investors; other share classes are available.
r Maximum redemption fee charged when you sell shares. s Front-end load; redemption fee may apply.
— Fund has not existed for the specified time. Source: Morningstar, Inc..

This portfolio is for Vanguard clients who want some growth but don't want too much stock-market risk — ETFs holding high-quality corporate and governent bonds make up the largest share of the pie.

If you want to cut risk even more, drop the small-cap ETF and cut the allocation to the foreign-stock ETF to 5%.

These Vanguard-sponsored ETFs won't cost you a penny to trade if you have a Vanguard brokerage account.