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Intermediate-Term Bond Managers Pull Ahead

John Rekenthaler (john.rekenthaler@morningstar.com)

Morningstar's Miriam Sjoblom caught my attention. For the first time in since forever, she surmised, the 10-year average return for intermediate-term bond funds was above that of  Vanguard Total Bond Market Index VBMFX . As shown below, until this summer, Vanguard Total Bond Market Index had beaten its actively run competitors in every trailing 10-year period since December 1999.