|Bid||60.89 x 2900|
|Ask||60.92 x 1800|
|Day's Range||60.89 - 60.93|
|52 Week Range||59.70 - 61.15|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||3.32%|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.26|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.07%|
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") assigned a B3 rating to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers Inc.'s ("HMH") newly launched $350 million senior secured notes due 2025, which together with the recently launched $330 million senior secured term loan and cash on the balance sheet are anticipated to refinance the existing term loan maturing in 2021. HMH's B3 CFR reflects material improvement in the company's performance during 2019 adoption cycle, with outperformance in the Texas Reading product portfolio, and strong performance in other locations combined with the pending gross debt reduction.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") upgraded Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers Inc.'s ("HMH") Corporate Family Rating ("CFR") to B3 from Caa1, and HMH's Probability of Default Rating ("PDR") to B3-PD from Caa1-PD upon strong performance in its adoption markets during 2019, expectations of strong performance in 2020 and pending refinancing of its capital structure, with maturity extensions. Moody's also assigned B3 rating to newly launched $330 million senior secured term loan, which together with additional secured debt and cash on the balance sheet is anticipated to refinance existing term loan maturing in 2021.
[Editor's note: This story was last updated in September 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]Vanguard should probably be thanking Warren Buffett.In Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE:BRK.B) 2014 shareholders letter, Buffett mentioned Vanguard funds in a big way. Specifically, he recommended that the cash left to his wife be invested 10% in short-term government bonds and 90% in a very low-cost S&P 500 index fund. Not just any index fund mind you, but a Vanguard fund in particular.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals Whether it be exchange-traded funds (ETFs) or mutual funds, the Oracle of Omaha believes Vanguard funds are the way to go. With that in mind, I've put together a portfolio of two ETFs, two mutual funds and a fifth wildcard. The resulting portfolio should be appropriate for Buffett's wife -- or anyone else, for that matter. 1\. Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares (VFIAX)Source: Shutterstock Allocation: 50% of Portfolio 10-year performance: 13.2%The goal is to keep costs to a minimum while generally sticking to Buffett's hypothesis when it comes to his wife's investments.In that case, it makes more sense for the S&P 500 investment to be a mutual fund rather than an ETF (although Vanguard Funds do offer commission-free ETFs) to avoid paying commissions on the largest segment of the portfolio. The Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares (VFIAX) charge an annual expense ratio of just 0.04%.Your annual fees would amount to a mere $20 on a $50,000 portfolio. That's hard to beat, and Buffett knows it. The largest holdings in this fund include Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG). The minimum investment is $10,000. 2\. Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund Admiral Shares (VIMAX)Allocation: 20% of Portfolio 10-year performance: 13% The VFIAX covers the large-cap portion of the portfolio quite nicely. While Buffett might not be fond of mid-cap stocks being added to the mix, but evidence suggests mid-caps outperformed large-cap stocks over a four-year period between 2009 and 2013.In fact, John Hancock published a report in 2012 that cautions investors about underweighting mid-caps because of an assumption that a large-cap fund combined with a small-cap fund will do the job. That's simply not the case.Mid-cap stocks tend to provide an attractive combination of risk and reward. For this reason, I recommend the Vanguard Mid-Cap Index Fund Admiral Shares (VIMAX), which tracks the CRSP Mid Cap Index, an index composed of stocks that fall between the top 70%-85% of investable market capitalization. * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals They're big enough to survive an economic hit but small enough to still be growing. With an expense ratio of 0.05%, this entry on our list of Vanguard funds is giving you safety and performance in one. Top holdings include Moody's (NYSE:MCO) and Roper Technologies (NYSE: ROP). 3\. Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF (VSS)Source: Shutterstock Allocation: 10% of Portfolio 3-year performance: 3.75% Although I just said mid-caps are a key part of any portfolio and tend to outperform small caps while utilizing less risk, there is always a place for small caps in your portfolio.That's especially true when the two previous picks from Vanguard Funds are almost 100% invested in the U.S. with virtually no international exposure. For this reason, a little bit of love outside America makes total sense.My recommendation is to go with the Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US Small-Cap ETF (VSS), a fund that tracks the performance of the FTSE Global Small Cap ex US Index, which consists of over 3,000 stocks in dozens of countries. Investing in both developed and emerging markets, the fund provides good exposure to some of the world's future stars at an annual expense ratio of just 0.12%.With such low fees, it's no wonder $6.37 billion is invested in this ETF. 4\. Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH)Source: Shutterstock Allocation: 10% of Portfolio 5-year performance: 1.26% Buffett recommends that 10% of his wife's portfolio go to short-term government bonds. Vanguard Funds has an ETF that does exactly that.The Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH) invests in investment-grade U.S. government bonds with average maturities between one and three years. The risk, on a scale of one to five, is one -- meaning this Vanguard ETF is for conservative investors looking for stable share prices. * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals And with an expense ratio of 0.07%, this ETF should give you peace of mind for your short-term needs. 5\. Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC)Source: Shutterstock Allocation: 10% of Portfolio 10-year performance: 12.26% On this final piece of the puzzle, I'm going defensive. The mutual fund version of the S&P 500 has less than 10% invested in consumer staples' stocks. I mean to remedy that by putting the final 10% in the Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC), a collection of 109 household names including Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO).Since its inception in 2004, VDC has had but one year of negative annual total returns, and that was in 2008 when it experienced a 17% decline -- 20 percentage points better than the S&P 500. When the you-know-what hits the fan, you'll be glad you own this particular low-cost ETF (with a 0.10% expense ratio) from Vanguard Funds.It seems the "keep it simple" rule holds true, and Warren Buffett is the No. 1 follower.As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not own a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals * 7 Under-The-Radar Growth Stocks That Could Benefit New Investors * 5 Excellent High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Although the Federal Reserve has lowered interest rates twice this year and could continue doing so, some investors may want to manage duration risk with short-term Treasury ETFs, such as the Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH) . Bond funds hold a collection of debt with varying maturities, buying and selling debt securities to maintain their short-, intermediate- or long-term strategy. When it comes to bond ETFs, investors should look at the duration, or a bond fund’s measure of sensitivity to gauge their investment’s exposure to changes in interest rates – a higher duration means higher sensitivity to shifts in rates.
Here, I will share some simple ways to cut back on the amount of risk in your investment portfolio. The relationship between stocks and bonds provides some insight as to how we can think about the stock-bond mix. The point in the upper right-hand corner represents a 100% stock portfolio and the point on the lower left a 100% bond portfolio.
Ultrasafe investments, like short-term Treasuries, are an effective way to diversify an all-stock portfolio as they tend to hold up well during periods of market distress. Treasuries are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, so they don't carry the credit risk that is embedded in corporate bonds. Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF SCHO provides great exposure to these stable assets.
U.S. two-year treasury note yield briefly dropped below 2.4% on Jan 3, reaching parity with the federal funds effective rate for the first time since 2008.
As chances of a Fed rate hike in December are pretty high and can cause some turmoil in the markets, these ETF areas could provide cushion to investors.