The Vanguard Dog That Just Won’t Die

For the past decade, Vanguard U.S. Growth has puttered along with poor to mediocre performance. But Vanguard stands by the fund.

This has surely happened to you at some point in your experience as an investor: You buy a winning fund or stock that then falls on hard times. But you hold on to your investment as it drops further and further, convinced that it’s going to come back.

You’re in good company. Vanguard has stuck with a dog of a fund, Vanguard U.S. Growth (symbol VWUSX), through ten years of bumbling performance. And Vanguard is still singing the “it’ll come back” tune.

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Elizabeth Leary
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Elizabeth Leary (née Ody) first joined Kiplinger in 2006 as a reporter, and has held various positions on staff and as a contributor in the years since. Her writing has also appeared in Barron's, BloombergBusinessweek, The Washington Post and other outlets.