|Expense Ratio (net)||0.25%|
|Category||Allocation--50% to 70% Equity|
|Last Cap Gain||0.00|
|Morningstar Risk Rating||Average|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.01|
|5y Average Return||N/A|
|Average for Category||N/A|
|Inception Date||Jul 1, 1929|
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The stock market has given investors a bad case of whiplash over the past few months. In December, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index tumbled 9%. Since then, however, the benchmark has reversed course and climbed 11%.When the market makes violent swings, the worst thing you can do is to try to stay in sync with it by selling when stocks fall and purchasing when they rebound. But if you own a fistful of volatile funds - even excellent ones - a market like today's can sucker you into making the wrong trades.The solution? If you've made a bad trade or two, or simply are losing sleep over the potential for another bout of market rockiness, consider replacing one or two of your most volatile funds - no matter how good they are - for more placid vehicles.Excellent work by Russel Kinnel at Morningstar has shown that individual investors have a much easier time holding on to less volatile funds than more volatile fare. Consequently, investors in those lower-risk funds, on average, tend to make more money over time than do investors in jackrabbit funds.The point, after all, isn't to own funds that will beat the benchmark in full-throttle bull markets. Less volatile funds likely will outpace the indexes during bear markets and earn healthy overall returns over a full market cycle while giving you more peace of mind.Here are five of the best mutual funds for a jumpy market like today's. Some are pure stock funds, while others hold some bonds. SEE ALSO: The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds You Can Buy
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
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