|Bid||78.16 x 2900|
|Ask||78.25 x 900|
|Day's Range||78.16 - 78.22|
|52 Week Range||77.48 - 79.27|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.43|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.07%|
If you've built a solid portfolio of funds, the last thing you want to do is tear it apart and build a new one simply because the stock market is doing one of its periodic swan dives. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't tinker around the edges in a market that acts like it wants to go down. You might cut, say, 5% of your stock allocation and put the proceeds into a low-risk bond fund. If you think your investments need more rearranging, you might take your most volatile fund and replace it with a lower-risk offering. Where to look for a replacement? Vanguard funds include a fistful of first-rate defensive offerings that, while they'll still likely lose money in a bear market, they should still hold up better than most other funds. Here are the six best Vanguard funds to own in a bear market. Note: Some of these funds are only available directly from the low-cost provider. At the same time, if you use a discount broker, you may be able to buy cheaper Admiral shares without meeting Vanguard's minimum, which typically ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 depending on the fund. ### SEE ALSO: The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds You Can Buy
Last year was another banner year for Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). As of Dec. 27, Vanguard ETFs listed in the U.S. had $841.70 billion in assets under management, trailing only BlackRock's iShares brand. When 2018 ended four Vanguard ETFs ranked among the year's top 10 ETFs in terms of new assets added. Only iShares had more funds on that list with five. One of the reasons Vanguard ETFs are so popular with advisors and investors is the issuer's reputation for having some of the lowest fees in the fund industry. While there are some examples of ETFs with lower expense ratios than competing Vanguard ETFs, Vanguard has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the low-cost leaders in the index fund and ETF industry. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Oversold Stocks Due for a Bounce Here are some of the best Vanguard ETFs to consider in 2019: ### Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK) Expense ratio: 0.10% per year, or $10 on a $10, 000 investment. European stocks suffered through a dismal 2018, as highlighted by the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) losing almost 18% for the year. VGK finished 2018 residing nearly 13% below its 200-day moving average, a technical indicator the fund has not closed above since the second quarter. VGK follows the FTSE Developed Europe All Cap Index and its geographic selection universe includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, according to Vanguard. Much of the Europe rebound thesis revolves around low valuations. VGK's price-to-earnings ratio is just over 13, a discount to the S&P 500. In order for this Vanguard ETF to shine in 2019, European geopolitical volatility needs to ease and catalysts beyond valuation and "it cannot get much worse for European stocks" need to emerge. ### Vanguard Value ETF (VTV) Expense ratio: 0.05% per year Last year was another challenging one for value stocks, but the fourth-quarter slide in growth and momentum has some market observers speculating that investors will favor more defensive value fare in 2019. The Vanguard Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VTV), one of the cheapest value funds on the market, lost nearly 8% last year and trailed the S&P 500. Like many value funds, this Vanguard ETF was hamstrung in 2018 by a large combined weight to the financial services and energy sectors. Those sectors, two of the worst-performing groups in the S&P 500 last year, combine for nearly 31% of VTV's weight. * 7 Stocks to Buy Down 20% in December As is the case with European stocks, much of the case for value stocks in 2019 revolves around investors saying enough is enough with the declines and earnestly rotating away from growth into value. Investors added $2.54 billion to VTV in the fourth quarter, indicating some are willing to bet on a value rebound in 2019. ### Vanguard High Dividend ETF (VYM) Expense ratio: 0.08% per year The combination of rising interest rates and weakness in the broader market hampered high dividend strategies, such as the Vanguard High Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:VYM), in 2018. This Vanguard ETF finished 2018 with a loss of nearly 9%. If investors flock to defensive sectors in 2019, something that started happening late last year, VYM could be one of the best Vanguard ETFs in the new year. "A Reuters analysis of 2019 outlooks from 10 major financial institutions found eight, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Barclays, with 'overweight' ratings on at least one defensive sector for 2019," reports Reuters. "That marks a big change from last year, when just two of those banks favored any defensive sectors." VYM, which yields 2.78%, allocates about 35% of its combined weight to the defensive consumer staples, healthcare and utilities sectors. ### Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) Expense ratio: 0.14% per year Something investors heard plenty of in 2018: Emerging markets stocks got punished. From China to Chile and many, many more, emerging markets stocks were a dismal asset class last year as reflected by an annual decline of 17% for the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO). VWO, one of the largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, shares some similarities with the aforementioned VGK heading into 2019. Like European stocks, emerging markets equities look like value plays and there is a chorus of investors willing to say things will not get much worse for developing economies. If the Federal Reserve slows its pace of rate hikes in 2019 and the dollar weakens, there could be upside to be had with emerging markets equities. * 7 Tech Stocks Without China Exposure "There are at least some reasons to be hopeful for emerging Asian assets: oil prices have dropped about 40% from their October peak, which is a boon for countries that import the commodity. Central banks remain vigilant, while a growing number of analysts, including those at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and UBS Group AG, say the dollar is close to its peak," according to Bloomberg. ### Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) Expense ratio: 0.07% per year One way for investors to Fed-proof fixed income portfolios is to lower duration risk. The Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VCSH) is one of the best Vanguard ETFs on the short-duration side of the ledger. Plus, this Vanguard fund does not skimp on yield. VCSH has a yield of 2.58%, which is solid when considering the fund's average duration is just 2.7 years. This Vanguard ETF holds over 2,200 investment-grade corporate bonds with an average maturity of 2.9 years. Over 53% of VCSH's holdings are rated AA or A while 45% are rated BBB. This Vanguard ETF outperformed the longer duration Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Index by about 600 basis points last year. ### Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (VOE) Expense ratio: 0.07% per year As is the case with the aforementioned VTV, investors embracing the value factor in 2019 would benefit the Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VOE). Mid-cap stocks are coming off a rough 2018 and value stocks were among the more egregious offenders in that category. This Vanguard ETF lagged the S&P MidCap 400 Index by about 240 basis points last year. VOE holds 204 stocks with a median market value of $13.1 billion, which is just outside of mid-cap territory. Like large-cap value strategies, this Vanguard ETF has a large financial services weight (24.50%). Consumer sentiment is important to the fortunes of this Vanguard ETF as the two consumer sectors combine for 27.20% of VOE's roster. * 5 Turnaround Stocks to Buy as They Rise Amid the Chaos VOE's rock-bottom annual fee makes it cheaper than 94% of competing funds, according to Vanguard data. ### Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (VTEB) Expense ratio: 0.09% per year After establishing a rich tradition in the municipal bond index fund and mutual fund arenas, Vanguard got into muni ETFs with the Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VTEB). This Vanguard ETF follows the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index, one of the most widely followed gauges of municipal bonds. In terms of sheer number of holdings, the $3.7 billion VTEB is one of the largest municipal bond ETFs as it is home to nearly 4,200 bonds. This Vanguard ETF's holdings have an average maturity of 13.4 years an average duration of 5.9 years. As is to be expected with investment-grade municipal bond funds, credit risk is not an issue with this Vanguard ETF as over 90% of its holdings are rated AAA, AA or A. As of this writing, Todd Shriber owns shares of VWO. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Top Stock Picks From the Street's Best Analysts * 7 Tech Stocks Without China Exposure * 5 Strong-Buy Stocks That Crushed 2018 Compare Brokers The post 7 Top-Rated Vanguard ETFs to Buy in 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Bond funds are for your "safe" money. They give your portfolio ballast - and they're a ready source of cash when you spot opportunities in the stock market. Just keep the very long-term in mind and don't get greedy with bonds in 2019. Almost every flavor of bond and bond fund lost at least a little money last year, and the same could happen this year. For instance: Even the best long-term and even intermediate-term bonds and bond funds will likely do well only if there's a dramatic slowdown in the economy, which would push down bond yields and boost their prices. (Bond yields and prices move opposite one another). Lower-credit-quality bonds, meanwhile, will only earn big profits if the economy, which seems likely to grow at a slower pace this year, instead continues to grow as rapidly as it did in 2018. Neither event looks likely. But while bond funds may not make you rich, they'll likely at least keep up with inflation, and they almost certainly won't make you poor. They're a safety play in a Wall Street environment that makes safety a necessity. With that in mind, here are my favorite bond funds for retirement savers in 2019. The focus? Low-risk bond funds that invest mainly in short-term, high-quality bonds. The goal? Protection. ### SEE ALSO: The 27 Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans
Liquidity in Bond Markets Crimped As Treasury Auctions Crowd Out Corporates Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s impromptu calls to bank CEOs on Christmas Eve aiming to assuage investors by inadvertently causing panic, may have missed the mark. The real liquidity crunch appears to be not in banks, but in the corporate bond market, funding for which […] The post Market Morning: Corporate Bond Stress, Gold Swoons, Goldman Balks, Trump Says Buy appeared first on Market Exclusive.
Several of this year's top asset-gathering fixed income exchange traded funds are of the low or ultra-low duration varieties, indicating investors' preference for bonds that are less sensitive to rising interest rates. The IQ Short Duration Enhanced Core Bond U.S ETF (NYSE: SDAG) debuted Tuesday as the second new ETF introduced by IndexIQ over the past week. SDAG follows the IQ Short Duration Enhanced Core Bond U.S. Index, a benchmark comprised of other ETFs.
Despite the Twitter scolding from U.S. President Donald Trump, the capital markets are expecting the Federal Reserve to hike rates a fourth time for 2018. As such, fixed-income exchange-traded fund (ETF) ...
Bonds can reduce risk in an investment portfolio. This is a solid option for low-cost, efficient exposure to U.S. short-term investment-grade corporate bonds. Its conservative strategy keeps credit and interest-rate risk low and has a durable cost advantage over Morningstar Category peers.
Rising interest rates may reach a level that matches U.S. President Donald Trump’s relationship with the media. The president’s disdain for rate hikes won’t gain any sympathy from the Federal Reserve as ...
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 300 points in the early session as the ebbs and flows of volatility made a reappearance with the index erasing its previous losses to post a mild gain before settling to a 20-point loss as of 1:20 p.m. ET. Treasury yields followed the rise in U.S. equities as the benchmark yields edged higher, highlighting the confluence between the stock and bond markets that have been seen as of late. The lockstep between stocks and bonds as of late is not something typically seen within the capital markets as both are prone to marching to the beat of their own drum. Last week's equity sell-off was paired with rising yields as the capital outflows from both markets resulted in a sea of red across the two capital markets.
Compared to their longer duration counterparts and U.S. equities, short-term bond strategies have been an option for fixed-income investors seeking a return in today's rising rate environs, while also avoiding the volatility of the extended bull run in the stock market. While trade wars continue to cause bouts of volatility in the capital markets, short-term bond funds can be the elixir for risk-averse investors who want to minimize the impact of volatility and still earn a return given the rising rate landscape. Bonds with a shorter duration also reduce the exposure to inflation, which can tamp down the returns of fixed-income investments. In addition, bond giant Pimco found in an analysis that these short-term strategies have produced an annualized volatility of less than 1% over a 10-year period--compare this to stocks, which have produced a 15% annual volatility and 10% for long-term bond strategies.
Market mavens like hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio and just recently, David Tepper, founder of hedge fund Appaloosa, have likened the current state of the bull market to a baseball game that is in its ...
In the current interest rate environment, fixed-income investors can adjust their strategies to mitigate interest rate risk, especially if the economic activity slows and worse, monetary policy might even ...
A raging bull market combined with the latest data from the Department of Commerce showing that gross domestic product rose 4.1% in the second quarter gives the Federal Reserve ample reason for rate hikes. ...
The benchmark 10-year and 30-year Treasury yields fell Friday, slipping to 2.956 and 3.098 respectively as the U.S. Department of Labor reported today that total nonfarm payrolls increased by 157,000 for ...
The Federal Open Market Committee is in the midst of a two-day meeting to discuss the current economic landscape and upcoming moves on monetary policy, which will include a policy decision announcement set to take place today with bond markets already reacting ahead of the decision. The latest data from the Department of Commerce reveals gross domestic product rising by 4.1% in June, which could be a key motivator for the Fed with respect to determining monetary policy. Yesterday, Vanguard Interm-Term Corp Bd ETF (JNK) received an influx of 35.82 million and SPDR Blmbg BarclaysST HY Bd ETF (SJNK) saw an uptick in buy volumes with $39.03 million worth of trading volume experienced. “We expect only minor changes to the policy statement to reflect the latest developments in the economy,” economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch wrote in a research note.
The Federal Open Market Committee is in the midst of a two-day meeting to discuss their next moves on monetary policy, which will include a policy decision announcement set to take place on Wednesday. ...
With the economy growing at a rampant pace, the capital markets are predisposed to the idea that the Federal Reserve will continue to raise rates, but the latest real estate data published by the Commerce ...
In the current rising rate environment, a number of financial advisors are suggesting investors to treat fixed income like the sun and limit prolonged exposure. In this case, as the Federal Reserve's predilection for raising interest rates does not appear to be changing anytime soon, it's best to take advantage of these short-term rate adjustments by limiting duration. In the current economic landscape, Collin Martin, director of fixed income for Charles Schwab's Schwab Center for Financial Research, is advising bond investors to avoid fixed-income investments with long-term yields in the interim.
U.S. government debt yields got a boost today, piggybacking on increases in Japanese bond yields as reports surfaced last week suggesting that Japan may tighten their monetary policy. Japanese 10-year yields climbed four basis points--its highest level since February and the U.S. 10-year responded with its own 7-basis point jump to its current 2.96 percent yield as of 2:15 p.m. ET. The Bank of Japan is currently holding preliminary discussions to adjust its interest-rate targeting and stock-buying techniques--a move communicated by the BOJ as one that does not suggest a tightening of monetary policy, but one that the markets are interpreting as such. "Although [the Bank of Japan] tried to really make clear this wasn’t a tightening policy, the market looked at it as another step away from easy money," said Kathy Jones, chief fixed income strategist for the Schwab Center for Financial Research.
"If you had to choose between buying long-term bonds or equities, I would choose equities in a minute," Buffett told CNBC's "Squawk Box" in an interview earlier this year. Buffett continued to lambaste bonds, telling Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in an annual letter that debt issues were not a lower-risk investment over the long term compared to stocks. "I want to quickly acknowledge that in any upcoming day, week or even year, stocks will be riskier — far riskier — than short-term U.S. bonds," Buffett wrote.
According to an article on Forbes, Canadian businessman and “Shark Tank” reality television show personality Kevin O’Leary based his investing principles on lessons espoused by his mother who built a successful ...
Treasury yields changed little following Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s semiannual monetary policy report today to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, citing that the ...
Investors looking for the income benefits of investment-grade corporate bonds while limiting duration risk have plenty of options to consider in the world of ETFs. One of the most cost-effective options is the Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) . In a rising rate environment, the price of older bonds with lower rates will fall since these older debt securities appear less attractive and traders would demand a discount on the older lower-yielding debt.
Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, said it has filed plans with the Securities and Exchange Commission to introduce the Vanguard Total World Bond ETF. Vanguard previously used the ETF of ETFs on one of its other bond ETFs. The Vanguard Total Corporate Bond ETF (VTC) debuted last year and holds the Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) , Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCIT) and Vanguard Long-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCLT) .