VBMFX - Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund Investor Shares

Nasdaq - Nasdaq Delayed Price. Currency in USD
11.09
+0.04 (+0.36%)
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Previous Close11.05
YTD Return9.25%
Expense Ratio (net)0.15%
CategoryIntermediate Core Bond
Last Cap Gain0.00
Morningstar Rating★★★★★
Morningstar Risk RatingAbove Average
Sustainability RatingN/A
Net Assets240.96B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.03
Yield2.63%
5y Average ReturnN/A
Holdings Turnover54.00%
Last Dividend0.00
Average for CategoryN/A
Inception DateDec 11, 1986
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