The Well-Balanced Vanguard Wellington

Vanguard's oldest fund offers a ready-made mix of stocks and bonds.

Editor's note: This article is part of a continuing series on the 20 largest no-load stock funds.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could buy and hold a fund forever, making pretty much a single allocation decision? That's essentially the principle behind Vanguard Wellington, the granddaddy of balanced funds. Launched in 1929, this is Vanguard's oldest fund. And it's the largest balanced fund (65% stocks, 35% bonds) in the industry.

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Andrew Tanzer is an editorial consultant and investment writer. After working as a journalist for 25 years at magazines that included Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, he served as a senior research analyst and investment writer at a leading New York-based financial advisor. Andrew currently writes for several large hedge and mutual funds, private wealth advisors, and a major bank. He earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, an MS in Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and holds both CFA and CFP® designations.