Vanguard Total Bond Market Index

3 / 5 Stars
2 2 4 5 4
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Standard & Poor's
4 / 5 Stars
C+ (Hold)

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The fund has returned 4.15 percent over the past year, 3.49 percent over the past three years, 4.63 percent over the past five years, and 4.80 percent over the past decade.

Trailing Returns Updated 06.30.2014
Year to date 3.9%
1 Year 4.1%
3 Years (Annualized) 3.5%
5 Years (Annualized) 4.6%
10 Years (Annualized) 4.8%

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The investment seeks the performance of a broad, market-weighted bond index. The fund employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index. This Index represents a wide spectrum of public, investment-grade, taxable, fixed income securities in the United States-including government, corporate, and international dollar-denominated bonds, as well as mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities-all with maturities of more than 1 year. All of the fund's investments will be selected through the sampling process, and at least 80% of the fund's assets will be invested in bonds held in the index.


Fees are Average compared to funds in the same category.
Vanguard Total Bond Market Index has an expense ratio of 0.20 percent.

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Risk is Average compared to funds in the same category according to Morningstar.

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Fund Opinions

The fund's Value Line Overall Rank, a measure of risk-adjusted performance and relative growth in fund returns, is 3 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best and 5 the worst.

Value Line 2014-06-11

The fund's Value Line Growth Persistence rank, which awards funds that consistently outperform their broad universes, is 3 for one year, 3 for five years, and 3 for 10 years. Scores are on a 1 to 5 scale, with 1 being the best and 5 the worst.

Value Line 2014-06-11

The fund's Value Line Risk Rank, a measure of volatility, is 2 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least volatile and 5 the most.

Value Line 2014-06-11

The fund appears on the 2011 Money 70 list of recommended mutual and exchange-traded funds.

Money 70 2011-01-21

In the June 2010 edition of Morningstar's Fund Family Reports, Dan Culloton says, "Many, including me, have wondered if Vanguard Total Bond Market Index is a sitting duck. The fund, which tracks the Barclays Capital Aggregate Index, has an enormous commitment to U.S. Treasury bonds and government-backed mortgage securities at a time when Treasury yields are at generational lows, the government has reined in a massive mortgage-buying program, and the deficit is exploding. That can’t be good for an index fund tracking the aggregate."