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Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade Fund Investor Shares (VFSTX)

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Previous Close11.00
YTD Return4.23%
Expense Ratio (net)0.20%
CategoryShort-Term Bond
Last Cap Gain0.00
Morningstar Rating★★★★
Morningstar Risk RatingAverage
Sustainability RatingN/A
Net Assets67.93B
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.52
Yield2.37%
5y Average ReturnN/A
Holdings Turnover76.00%
Last Dividend0.00
Average for CategoryN/A
Inception DateOct 29, 1982
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