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Mutual Funds

Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade

Symbol: VFSTX
Expense Ratio: 0.20%

Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade invests in high-quality bonds maturing in one to five years.

Manager Gregory Nassour delivers a 2.8% yield by playing around with the mix of short-term corporate debt, government bonds, and mortgage-and asset-backed securities.

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