|Bid||164.37 x 1000|
|Ask||164.42 x 800|
|Day's Range||164.14 - 164.66|
|52 Week Range||129.51 - 167.16|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.08|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.05%|
With the markets in recovery mode, the middle-capitalization category and related ETFs have been outperforming the S&P 500 as investors look to a cheap area to jump back into.
Investing icon Warren Buffett advises investors to stash 90% of their money in a Standard & Poor's 500-stock index fund and keep the rest in short-term government bonds. That's a good start for investors who want to keep things simple, but it limits your investments to large U.S. companies. So today, we'll show you how the best Vanguard index funds can add more portfolio diversification while still keeping your strategy simple. Rather than help to pay the huge salaries of high-powered fund managers, investors can buy index funds, which simply aim to mirror the returns of their benchmark indexes. Why? Because roughly two-thirds of actively managed funds fail to match or beat their indexes. It's not that fund managers are stupid or incompetent. It's because picking mispriced stocks is incredibly difficult. It's not surprising that the average fund lags its benchmark index by just about what it charges investors in annual expenses (a little more than 1%). Vanguard - whose founder, John Bogle, just passed away - invented the index fund and still does the best job operating them. Vanguard index fund fees are always, if not the lowest, within a few basis points (a basis point is one one-hundredth of a percent) of the lowest. What's more, its managers are skilled at running index funds, so they don't stray far from the performance of the index they track - a job that actually sounds a lot easier than it is. Here are six of the best Vanguard index funds you can use to build a solid portfolio. This includes a general suggestion for a percentage of your assets to allocate to each one. And if you prefer exchange-traded funds to mutual funds, that's OK too - I'll offer up the ETF version of each fund. ### SEE ALSO: The 27 Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans
The US Federal Reserve considers the state of the employment market and the level of inflation (TIP) when making monetary policy decisions. Unemployment in the US is at a multi-decade low, leading to a shortage of skilled labor and forcing employers to increase wages to attract employees. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (or LEI) uses average weekly initial claims as a constituent in its economic model rather than the popular non-farm payrolls because weekly claims, when adjusted for seasonality, provide a more accurate account of underlying economic conditions.
Dentsply Sirona (XRAY) accounts for ~0.29% of the total holdings of the Vanguard Mid-Cap ETF (VO). The company is set to release its 1Q18 results on May 7.