|Bid||0.00 x 3200|
|Ask||0.00 x 2900|
|Day's Range||88.52 - 88.75|
|52 Week Range||76.49 - 89.32|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||6.90%|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.02|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.03%|
When building a retirement portfolio, the goal is to grow your assets for the long term. Since no one knows which asset classes will lead and which will lag, diversification is paramount. And Vanguard ETFs are an easy way to get some diversification.If you're further than 10 years from retirement, it's wise to lean towards a more aggressive portfolio to capture the higher equity returns. As retirement approaches, dial back equities and increase fixed and cash equivalent holdings.If you're healthy and retire in your 60's you might have an additional 20-plus years in retirement, so don't forgo the stock market. In fact, you may want to ramp up equity investing as your retirement advances. This reverse glidepath strategy was suggested by Michael Kitces and Wade Pfau in an article on the Nerd's Eye View entitled, "Should Equity Exposure Decrease In Retirement, Or Is A Rising Equity Glidepath Actually Better?"InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThese three Vanguard exchange-traded funds will work when building a retirement portfolio as well as during the drawdown years. Each of the Vanguard funds can be purchased through any investment account, while other financial firms offer comparable funds. The key to this simple retirement portfolio is to invest in low-fee index ETFs that fit within these categories. * 7 A-Rated Growth Stocks That Are Loaded With Long-Term Potential The rationale for a three-fund retirement portfolio is as follows. First, a simple investment portfolio in retirement leaves time for what matters most. Second, it provides diversification to minimize losses in a particular sector while maintaining broad exposure to the main asset classes and global markets. And finally, it cuts investment fees to the bone. * Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEARCA:VTI) * Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (NYSEARCA:VEU) * Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NASDAQ:BND)And now, let's get further into why I like these three funds in particular. Best Vanguard ETFs: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI)Expense Ratio: 0.03%, or $3 per $10,000 invested annually.This U.S. stock market fund tracks the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index. The benchmark includes companies spanning the mega-, large-, small- and micro-capitalization field and represents nearly 100% of the U.S. investable equity market.The fund utilizes a passively managed, index-sampling strategy. VTI offers rock-bottom expenses and minimal tracking error versus the benchmark index. This total stock market fund owns roughly 3,500 stocks, with 22.6% of the assets in the 10 largest names.The fund uses a market cap weighting, which means that returns will be influenced by the momentum growth of the biggest firms.Investors seeking a more value-leaning equal weight US stock index fund might consider the Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (NYSEARCA:RSP).The funds sector weightings approximate the benchmark index, with approximately 25% in the technology sector, 17% in financials, 15% in healthcare and 14% in consumer services.The largest holdings read like a who's-who in American commerce and include Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).The returns of the fund parallel those of the index with a 10-year average annual return of 12.8%, and one-, three- and five-year returns of 11.5%, 9.6%, and 9.2% respectively.Investing in the U.S. equity market has been a sound investment strategy for decades, and the 0.03% expense ratio is among the most affordable ways of capturing this growth. The current 1.8% 30-day SEC yield is higher than investors receive on most short-term cash equivalents. Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU)Expense Ratio: 0.08%This large-cap-leaning international fund invests in developing and emerging market global companies. The passively managed fund attempts to match the returns of the FTSE All World ex-U.S. index. Investors willing to take a bit more risk for potentially higher returns among Vanguard ETFs might consider the Vanguard Total Stock International Index ETF (NASDAQ:VXUS) instead, which includes greater small-cap international exposure.Like VTI, the VEU's holdings are weighted by market cap, so the larger companies are a greater proportion of the fund. The allocation is geographically diversified, with 41% invested in Europe, 23% in in Emerging Markets, 29% in the Pacific and the remaining firms from North America and the Middle East.The top holdings are well-known global names. Although, the top 10 holdings make up only 11.5% of the total fund assets. The largest holdings include Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Nestle (OTCMKTS:NSRGY) and Tencent Holdings (OTCMKTS:TCEHY). Other major companies are representatives of the auto, pharmaceutical, electronic and oil industries. * 10 Robotics Stocks on the Technological Cutting Edge The fund's 0.08% expense ratio keeps most investment dollars in the markets, not flowing to the fund manager. Recently, international markets have underperformed the U.S., but seem to be turning around this year. Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)Expense Ratio: 0.035%A total bond market fund rounds out this three-piece retirement portfolio of Vanguard ETFs. Bonds are still valuable to own as eventually; interest rates will rise along with bond yields.Another Vanguard low-fee offer, BND is an intermediate bond fund with the objective to track a broad, market-weight bond index. Included in the fund are taxable investment-grade U.S. bonds. With 9,568 bonds and an average duration of 6.4 years, the current SEC yield is 1.4%.The fund is heavily weighted to U.S. Government bonds, with 61% in this asset class. The next-highest weighting of 19% is in Baa rated bonds. And 12.6% of the fund is invested in A bonds with a small percent allocated to Aaa and Aa rated bonds. The 0.035% expense ratio is negligible.In summation, create your asset allocation to fit your comfort with investment volatility. Allot greater percentages to the stock market if you're younger and more comfortable with risk. If not, bulk up your bond investment.Retirees should consider their short and intermediate cash flow needs and invest accordingly. Meanwhile, it's prudent to keep at least one year's living expenses in a high yield cash account.Barbara A. Friedberg, MBA, MS is a veteran portfolio manager, expert investor, and former university finance instructor. She is editor/author of Personal Finance; An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management and two additional money books. She is CEO of Robo-Advisor Pros.com, a robo-advisor review and information website. Additionally, Friedberg is publisher of the well-regarded investment website Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.com. Follow her on twitter @barbfriedberg and @roboadvisorpros. As of this writing, she held positions in VTI and VEU. More From InvestorPlace * Why Everyone Is Investing in 5G All WRONG * Top Stock Picker Reveals His Next 1,000% Winner * The 1 Stock All Retirees Must Own * Look What America's Richest Family Is Investing in Now The post The 3 Best Vanguard ETFs for a Long-Term Retirement Portfolio appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Now the next wave is about to hit: Shutdowns, layoffs, and business bankruptcies will cause a sickening drop in tax revenues for state and local governments, plunging their budgets deep into the red. The loss in tax revenues may turn out to be staggering. A new study by Christos Makridis, a research assistant professor at Arizona State University and a Digital Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, and Robert McNab, a professor at Old Dominion University, estimates total declines in state tax revenues at a mind-boggling $289.4 billion, measured in 2019 dollars.
The stock market’s incredible rally over the past couple of months has not been fueled by transfers out of bond funds and into stocks. On the contrary, according to data from EPFR, a division of Informa Financial Intelligence, fund flows over the past eight weeks have gone in the opposite direction. U.S. equity funds (both open-end funds and ETFs) have experienced total net outlflows of $11 billion, while U.S. bond funds have seen net inflows of $95 billion.
AT&T (T) honcho Randall Stephenson landed a complimentary insult from the chief executive of the United States two weeks ago when he announced he was standing down at 59. Randall Stephenson, the CEO of heavily indebted AT&T, which owns and presides over Fake News @CNN, is leaving, or was forced out. Don’t tell the president, but Stephenson will not be crying into his face mask after he leaves.
“I think one of the biggest stories we’ve seen, particularly from last year or so, has been flows into fixed-income products. It feels like folks are starting to understand that market, and the market continues to evolve,” Ryan Ludt, Global Head of ETF Capital Markets and Index Relations, Vanguard, said at the Inside ETFs conference. According to XTF data, Vanguard fixed-income ETFs attracted $34.6 billion in net inflows in the past year. Among its most popular bond ETF plays, the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND A) attracted $9.9 billion in inflows over the past year. BND provides investors with broad exposure to U.S. investment-grade bonds and can act as a core component in any long-term investment strategy, helping investors produce reliable income. The Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund ETF Shares (BNDX A-) also brought in $9.6 billion in inflows over the past year. BNDX seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of international non-U.S. dollar-denominated investment-grade bonds. Additionally, the ETF includes a U.S. dollar currency hedge to limit the harmful effects of foreign exchange or forex swings. Additionally, the Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH A) saw $3.4 billion in net inflows. VGSH tracks short-term Treasuries, which provides in a portfolio carrying very little interest-rate and credit risk. While this fund will not generate spectacular results, it will deliver consistent returns and provide strong downside protection.
Building wealth is essential to accomplish a variety of goals, from sending your kids to college to retiring in style. But establishing a solid financial foundation will also help you survive stock market corrections and bear markets, recessions, health emergencies and other setbacks.Our plan outlined here covers every aspect of your financial life, from investing to insurance to building credit. Most of our advice is basic, because a strong foundation sets you up to reach your financial goals. If you're just starting out, these fundamentals should stay with you throughout your wealth-building journey, although they will likely evolve along with your situation. Even if you have been practicing sound financial principles for decades, all of us can use a refresher every now and then. See Also: Money Moves to Make Right Now in the Wake of the Coronavirus Outbreak
As the stock market continues to take a beating, nervous investors look to bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for protection and sanity. After all, fixed income typically provides regular cash and lower volatility when markets hit turbulence.And the markets are absolutely hitting turbulence. For instance, between Feb. 19 and March 10, not only did the S&P; 500 experience a historically rapid loss of 14.8% - it experienced a dramatic rise in volatility, too, hitting its highest level on that front since 2011, says Jodie Gunzberg, chief investment strategist at New York-based Graystone Consulting, a Morgan Stanley business. The index's losses and volatility have escalated even more since then.Bonds offer ballast - "not only downside protection but also moderate upside potential as investors tend to seek out the safety of U.S. government and investment-grade corporate bonds amid stock market uncertainty" - says Todd Rosenbluth, senior director of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA, a New York-based investment research company.Bond prices often are uncorrelated to equities. Stocks typically do well in periods of economic growth, whereas bonds typically do well in periods of declining economic activity, Gunzberg says."Even though the current 30-day correlation has risen between stocks and bonds, the correlation between the S&P; 500 and the S&P; U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is still negative," she says. "Bonds are strong diversifiers, with the exception of high yield (junk), when added to a portfolio of equities throughout different economic scenarios." Indeed, junk debt has been punished severely of late.Here are 12 bond mutual funds and bond ETFs to buy. These funds offer diversified portfolios of hundreds if not thousands of bonds, and most primarily rely on debt such as Treasuries and other investment-grade bonds. Just remember: This is an unprecedented environment, and even the bond market is acting unusually in some areas, so be especially mindful of your own risk tolerance. SEE ALSO: The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds to Buy in 2020
Some mutual funds are more appropriate than others for core bond holdings. Credit risk and expense ratios for mutual funds can impact investor returns.
With the Federal Reserve keeping rates unchanged in its latest interest rate policy decision, it might be unclear what investors should do when it comes to interest rates in 2020 as 2019 winds down. However, if one were to follow the herd, then diving into bonds irrespective of what the Fed does in 2020 is the way to go.
Treasury yields moved higher following the announcement of a “phase one” deal agreed to in principle between the U.S. and China on Thursday. However, what yields will do in 2020 will depend on who you ask.
Bond ETFs have enjoyed one of their best years yet, attracting higher investment interest than the equity ETF side this year. Fixed-income ETFs, which only make up a slice of the overall ETF universe, have for the first time brought in more money inflows than the stock ETF side after investors funneled $191 billion into bond ETFs over the first 10 months of the year, compared to the less than $158 billion that flowed into equity ETFs, the Financial Times reports. “Adoption rates have accelerated noticeably as more investors have realised that fixed income ETFs can provide efficient solutions to some of the liquidity challenges of cash bond markets,” Deborah Fuhr, co-founder of ETFGI, told the Financial Times.
With the Federal Reserve keeping rates unchanged in its latest interest rate policy decision, it might be unclear what investors should do when it comes to interest rates in 2020 as 2019 winds down. Investors continue to pour capital into bond funds and 2020 could be another banner year for fixed income. "Investors continue to pile into bond funds as 2019 winds down and as one of the biggest fund companies by assets under management, Vanguard bond funds have likely received much of investor's savings," a U.S. News & World Report article by Debbie Carlson said.
The Cboe Volatility Index is widely used as an indicator of measuring the ebbs and flows of volatility in the markets. iShares Gold Trust (IAU) : seeks to reflect generally the performance of the price of gold and the performance before payment of the Trust’s expenses and liabilities. The Trust does not engage in any activities designed to obtain a profit from, or to ameliorate losses caused by, changes in the price of gold.
Fixed income funds are aplenty in the ETF world, but in today’s market, it’s necessary to get strategic as opposed to simply throwing darts at a board of bond ETFs. A pair of ETFs an investor may want to consider for core as well as short-term exposure are the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund ETF Shares (BND A) and the Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund ETF Shares (BSV A).