VEIPX - Vanguard Equity-Income Fund Investor Shares

Nasdaq - Nasdaq Delayed Price. Currency in USD
28.58
+0.88 (+3.18%)
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Previous Close27.70
YTD Return-11.17%
Expense Ratio (net)0.27%
CategoryLarge Value
Last Cap Gain0.00
Morningstar Rating★★★★★
Morningstar Risk RatingBelow Average
Sustainability Rating
Net Assets35.22B
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.90
Yield2.90%
5y Average ReturnN/A
Holdings Turnover32.00%
Last Dividend0.00
Average for CategoryN/A
Inception DateMar 20, 1988
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    [Editor's note: This article is regularly updated to include the most relevant information available.]At their core, mutual funds should be lower-risk investments. The aim of many mutual funds is to provide broad-based exposure to a particular asset class; stocks, bonds, etc. With that diversity, at least in theory, should come to a lower risk profile for investors.According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips"All funds carry some level of risk. With mutual funds, you may lose some or all of the money you invest because the securities held by a fund can go down in value. Dividends or interest payments may also change as market conditions change…A fund's past performance is not as important as you might think because past performance does not predict future returns. But past performance can tell you how volatile or stable a fund has been over a period of time. The more volatile the fund, the higher the investment risk."Indeed, an array of low-risk mutual funds spanning multiple asset classes are currently available to investors. Still, even low-risk mutual funds are not entirely free of risk. Even those with fixed-income exposure have some risk."Bond mutual funds -- like all mutual funds -- involve investment risk, including the possible loss of principal. A fundamental principle of investing known as the risk/reward tradeoff means that when you make an informed decision to assume some risk, you also create the opportunity for reward. Investors should be aware of the risks and potential for losses associated with bond mutual fund investing," according to the Investment Company Institute (ICI). * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid Here are a few low-risk mutual funds for conservative investors to consider. Fidelity Income Conservative Bond Fund (FCONX)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.35% per year, or $35 on a $10,000 investment.The Fidelity Income Conservative Bond Fund (MUTF:FCONX) epitomizes "low-risk mutual fund," particularly at any time when interest rates could rise. Short-term bond funds are often among the most popular fixed-income funds due to the lower duration risk profile offered by short-dated bonds.Credit risk is benign with this Fidelity fund because its holdings are comprised primarily of sovereign debt. Over 60% of FCONX's holdings are rated AA or A. Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund (VIPSX)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.2%When looking for low-risk mutual funds, the Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund (MUTF:VIPSX) highlighted here is the investor class of this popular product.Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), the bonds held by this Vanguard fund, are low-risk bonds. Reduced risk in the fixed income space usually means lower yields, and that is true of TIPS. * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid Income on this low-risk mutual fund "can fluctuate more in this fund because payments depend on inflation changes. Investors with a long-term time horizon may wish to consider this fund as a complement to an already diversified fixed income portfolio," according to Vanguard. Vanguard Equity Income Fund (VEIPX)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.27%Over long holding periods, dividend stocks can reduce a portfolio's risk profile and there are plenty of dividend funds that can be classified as low-risk mutual funds, include the Vanguard Equity Income Fund (MUTF:VEIPX). VEIPX is the investor share class of this popular Vanguard offering.This low-risk mutual fund holds 97.4% stocks, and most of them have large market capitalizations. Financial services and technology stocks combine for over 28% of VEIPX's roster while the healthcare and industrial sectors combine for nearly 25% of its holdings.VEIPX does not explicitly have a dividend increase streak requirement, but this fund is home to some stocks with lengthy histories of rising payouts. Several of VEIPX's top ten holdings have dividend increase streaks that can be measured in decades. American Century Mid-Cap Value Fund (ACLAX)Expense Ratio: 1.23%Some words of advice regarding the American Century Mid-Cap Value Fund (MUTF:ACLAX). As the above expense ratio indicates, this is not a cheap fund, and that status is further cemented by a 5.75% sales load -- meaning investors considering this low-risk mutual fund should be in it for the long-term.On to better news, mid-caps have a lengthy history of outperforming large-caps while doing so with less volatility than small-cap stocks. * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid The financial services and industrial sectors combine for nearly 40% of ACLAX's weight. None of the fund's holdings exceed a weight of 3.1% as of the start of the year. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.04%The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (MUTF:VTSAX) is a passively managed index fund, not an active mutual fund. In the fund world, VTSAX is one of the true giants among equity products. As of the end of May, across various share classes, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund, had almost $211 billion of net assets.VTSAX can be considered a low-risk mutual fund among equity funds due in part to its massive roster. This Vanguard fund is home to over 3,000 stocks, giving it a lineup that is more than six times larger than the S&P 500.VTSAX is the Admiral share class of this fund and has an annual fee that makes this fund very cheap. Fidelity Advisor Strategic Income Fund (FSTAX)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.98%The Fidelity Advisor Strategic Income Fund (MUTF:FSTAX) is a multi-sector bond fund, offering investors exposure to multiple corners of the fixed income universe."The fund uses a neutral mix of approximately 45% high yield, 25% U.S. Government and investment-grade, 15% emerging markets, and 15% foreign developed markets. Engaging in transactions that have a leveraging effect on the fund," according to Fidelity. * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid The fund's managers can adjust credit and interest rate risk as market conditions. The fund has $16.94 billion of assets and has beaten its benchmark over the last three years. It has a 4% load. Invesco Global Low Volatility Equity Yield Fund (GTNDX)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 1.59%The Invesco Global Low Volatility Equity Yield Fund (MUTF:GTNDX) can be considered another low-risk mutual fund tracking the mid-cap space.Currently, GTNDX is underweight technology stocks, and overweight industrials and consumer discretionary. The latter category has kept its performance quite solid this year.This low-risk mutual fund "has dual objectives of providing income and long-term growth of capital. In addition to these objectives, the fund targets a level of total volatility that is less than that of its capitalization-weighted market index," according to the issuer.It also has a 5.5% load.As of this writing, Todd Shriber does not own any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Hot Stocks for 2020's Big Trends * 7 Lumbering Large-Cap Stocks to Avoid * 5 ETFs for Oodles of Monthly Dividends The post 7 Low-Risk Mutual Funds to Buy Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Actively managed mutual funds typically carry higher fees and expenses than index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), explaining why passive products have long been stealing market share from active funds.Another cost irritant associated with some active mutual funds is the load. A mutual fund load is real nuisance because it is a charge that goes to compensate a middleman, someone in between the investor and the fund issuer. Like any other fee, mutual fund loads can be drags on investor outcomes, which is never a positive thing.Given the peskiness and, arguably, lack of necessity associated with loads, it is easy to understand why investors who like mutual funds really like no-load funds. While many no-load mutual funds still carry higher costs than passively managed ETFs and index funds, the good news is that saving on loads enhances investors' returns.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 5 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirees Here are some no-load mutual funds to consider. American Century High-Yield Municipal Fund Investor Class (ABHYX)Expense Ratio: 0.6% per year, or $60 on a $10,000 investment.The American Century High-Yield Municipal Fund Investor Class (MUTF:ABHYX) requires a minimum investment of $5,000, but at least this is a no-load mutual fund and its expenses are below those found in the category average.This fund focuses on high-yield municipal debt and is "designed to provide shareholders with a high level federal tax-free income while maintaining low exposure to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)," according to the issuer.ABHYX has a portfolio turnover of 49%, a 30-day SEC yield of 3.27% and a trailing-12-month yield of 3.8%. The fund's average duration is 5.5 years and about half its holdings are rated A, BBB or BB. Fidelity Balanced Fund (FBALX)Expense Ratio: 0.53%Fidelity has long been a giant in the world of actively managed mutual funds, but the firm has recently been asserting its dominance in the passive spaces, even offering several no-fee index funds and some of the cheapest ETFs on the market. Part of Fidelity's low-cost push has been to eliminate minimum investments, so not only is the Fidelity Balanced Fund (MUTF:FBALX) a no-load mutual fund, it does not have minimum investment, either.This no-load mutual fund has been around for nearly 34 years and has low expenses compared to the category average, a better return profile and a five-star Morninstar rating.As a balanced fund, FBALX holds both stocks and bonds. Its equity lineup is considered large-cap blend, but has often leaned toward large-cap growth. The technology and healthcare sectors combine for about 33% of FBALX's equity lineup. * 10 S&P 500 Stocks to Weather the Earnings Storm FBALX's bond roster spans more than 10 fixed-income categories, including Treasuries, investment-grade corporate debt and junk bonds. Vanguard Equity Income Investor Shares (VEIPX)Expense Ratio: 0.27%Just by the name, you should expect the Vanguard Equity Income Investor Shares (MUTF:VEIPX) to be a no-load mutual fund because Vanguard is a low-cost leader. Vanguard funds are among the industry's least expensive, and loads are not in the issuer's language.Because VEIPX "typically invests in companies that are dedicated to consistently paying dividends, it may have a higher yield than other Vanguard stock mutual funds," according to Vanguard. "The fund's emphasis on slower-growing, higher-yielding companies can also mean that its total return may not be as strong in a significant bull market."This fund holds 191 stocks with a median market value of $119.6 billion. Nearly a third of the fund's weight is allocated to financial services and healthcare names. VEIPX does require a $3,000 minimum investment. Oakmark Intenrnational (OAKIX)Source: USAFAExpense Ratio: 0.96%The Oakmark Intenrnational Fund (MUTF:OAKIX) is a no-load mutual fund for investors seeking international equity exposure. The investor class of this fund, which is highlighted here, has a minimum investment of just $1,000."Oakmark International invests in a diversified portfolio of common stocks of non-U.S. companies. The fund generally focuses on mid- and large-cap companies, though small-cap companies are also eligible for investment," according to Oakmark. * 7 Stocks to Buy for Spring Season Growth This mutual fund can be used as an alternative to passive EAFE (Europe, Asia and Far East) funds because OAKIX has similar geographic exposures, though the fund is significantly underweight Japan relative to the MSCI EAFE Index. The U.K. and Germany combine for 36% of the fund's geographic exposure. This is a targeted fund, a trait not often seen among passive EAFE strategies, as OAKIX holds just 61 stocks. Metropolitan West Total Return Bond Fund (MWTRX)Source: Shutterstock Expense Ratio: 0.67%The Metropolitan West Total Return Bond Fund (MUTF:MWTRX) is an actively managed alternative to passive aggregate bond funds. MWTRX usually has a duration of two to eight years and an average maturity of two to 15 years.The fund can invest in "corporate bonds, notes, collateralized bond obligations, collateralized debt obligations, mortgage-related and asset-backed securities, bank loans, money-market securities, swaps, futures, municipal sercurities, options, credit default swaps, private placements and restricted securities," according to the issuer.At the end of last year, the bulk of MWTRX's holdings were Treasuries, U.S. government agency debt and mortgage-backed securities (MBS), ensuring the fund's credit quality was high. Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund -- Admiral Shares (VIMAX)Expense Ratio: 0.05%For investors looking for a cost-efficient, no-load mutual fund focusing on mid-cap stocks, the Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund -- Admiral Shares (MUTF:VIMAX) is one of the better options to consider. VIMAX is cheaper than 95% of competing funds, according to Vanguard data. It requires a minimum investment of $3,000.This no-load mutual fund is a mid-cap blend fund, meaning its 368 holdings include both growth and value stocks. The median market value of VIMAX's holdings is $14.7 billion, meaning this fund actually resides in the lower end of large-cap territory.Financial services, industrial and technology stocks combine for over 55% of the fund's weight. This no-load mutual fund carries a five-star Morningstar rating. * 7 Stocks That Can Outperform for Years "Vanguard Mid-Cap Index is one of the best funds available for U.S. mid-cap stock exposure," according to the research firm. Fidelity New Markets Income Fund (FNMIX)Expense Ratio: 0.84%.For investors willing to take on more risk with their fixed-income investments, the Fidelity New Markets Income Fund (MUTF:FNMIX) is a compelling option. This Fidelity fund, which does not have a minimum investment, targets emerging markets bonds. Due to the risks associated with emerging-markets debt relative to U.S. government bonds, emerging markets bond funds usually carry higher yields. FNMIX fits that bill with a 30-day SEC yield of 5.6% and trailing-12-month yield of 4.8%.The fund's average maturity is just over 11 years. Credit quality is usually the primary consideration with emerging-markets bond funds and FNMIX is no different. This no-load mutual fund allocates about 64% of its weight to bonds rated BBB, BB or B, indicating a fair amount of the fund's holdings carry non-investment-grade ratings.Mexico, Turkey and Brazil are FNMIX's largest geographic exposures. The fund, which has a four-star Morningstar rating, has a duration of 6.48 years.As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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