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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 March 31, 2019

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%2.98%4.54%1.99%2.68%3.68%none%0.04%
BondVanguard Total International Bond Index Fund ETF SharesBNDX53.075.153.24.13none0.09
StockVanguard Small Cap ETFVB516.195.5912.797.9116.98none0.05
BondVanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond Index Fund ETF SharesVCIT405.426.173.43.89none0.07
StockVanguard Total Stock Market ETFVTI2014.038.8213.5310.3416.06none0.03
StockVanguard Total International Stock Index Fund ETF SharesVXUS1010.25-5.198.072.778.9none0.09
StockVanguard High Dividend Yield ETFVYM510.737.2710.859.6315.54none0.06
   1007.965.296.525.46.28 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 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.