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Balanced ETF Portfolio

September 2014

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Balanced ETF Portfolio

A simple approach using exchange-traded funds
 60% Stocks |  40% Bonds | 


 Data through October 31, 2017

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MAX LOAD EXPENSE RATIO
BondVanguard Total Bond Market Index ETFBND40%3.28%0.8%2.35%1.96%4.13%none%0.05%
StockVanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETFVEU2023.923.735.937.641.15none0.11
StockVanguard Total Stock Market ETFVTI4016.4123.9310.4915.087.72none0.04
   10012.6514.646.338.344.97 0.06
** 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 bundle holds only three ETFs, but it covers a lot of territory: With 60% in stocks and 40% in bonds, it offers exposure to almost every corner of the stock and bond markets — and pays yield, too.

Total Stock tracks an index that includes nearly every U.S. Stock. FTSE All-World ex-US covers the rest of the world.

Total Bond, which buys high-grade U.S. debt, doesn't own every IOU in the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index, but it holds enough of them (nearly 9,000) to track the index closely.