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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 October 31, 2018

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%-2.39%-2.06%1.01%1.79%3.88%none%0.05%
BondVanguard Total International Bond Index Fund ETF SharesBNDX51.361.782.783.5none0.11
StockVanguard Small Cap ETFVB5-0.153.3310.238.4313.9none0.05
BondVanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund ETF SharesVCIT40-2.88-2.782.233.02none0.07
StockVanguard Total Stock Market ETFVTI202.456.6311.2710.7913.4none0.04
StockVanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF SharesVXUS10-11.17-8.634.671.976.9none0.11
StockVanguard High Dividend Yield ETFVYM5-0.444.0510.3810.0212.22none0.08
   100-2.1-0.494.934.945.26 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.