Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund

Class Inv (VDIGX)
Scorecard
4 / 5 Stars
Lipper
5 5 5 5 5
Zacks Investment Research
3 (Hold)
Standard & Poor's
5 / 5 Stars
TheStreet.com
A+ (Buy)

#10 in Large Blend

U.S. News evaluated 487 Large Blend Funds. Our list highlights the top-rated funds for long-term investors based on the ratings of leading fund industry researchers.

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Performance

The fund has returned 23.30 percent over the past year, 15.11 percent over the past three years, 20.41 percent over the past five years, and 8.70 percent over the past decade.

Trailing Returns Updated 02.28.2014
Year to date 0.3%
1 Year 23.3%
3 Years (Annualized) 15.1%
5 Years (Annualized) 20.4%
10 Years (Annualized) 8.7%

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Summary

The investment seeks to provide, primarily, a growing stream of income over time and, secondarily, long-term capital appreciation and current income. The fund invests primarily in stocks that tend to offer current dividends. It focuses on high-quality companies that have prospects for long-term total returns as a result of their ability to grow earnings and their willingness to increase dividends over time. These stocks typically-but not always-will be large-cap, will be undervalued relative to the market, and will show potential for increasing dividends. The fund seeks to be diversified across industry sectors.

Management

Fees

Fees are Average compared to funds in the same category.
Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund has an expense ratio of 0.29 percent.

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Risk

Risk is Low 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 2 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best and 5 the worst.

Value Line 2014-03-12

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 1 for 10 years. Scores are on a 1 to 5 scale, with 1 being the best and 5 the worst.

Value Line 2014-03-12

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 2014-03-12

The fund appears on the 2011 "Kiplinger 25" list of the best no-load mutual funds.

Kiplinger 25 2011-04-13

In the March 2010 edition of The Independent Adviser for Vanguard Investors, Dan Wiener says, "The mandate for Dividend Growth and [Donald] Kilbride is to buy companies that provide a decent dividend yield while also exhibiting strong potential for increasing that yield over time."

2010-06-02

In the March 2010 edition of The Independent Adviser for Vanguard Investors, Dan Wiener says, "The mandate for Dividend Growth and [Donald] Kilbride is to buy companies that provide a decent dividend yield while also exhibiting strong potential for increasing that yield over time."

2010-06-02

In the March 2010 edition of The Independent Adviser for Vanguard Investors, Dan Wiener says, "The mandate for Dividend Growth and [Donald] Kilbride is to buy companies that provide a decent dividend yield while also exhibiting strong potential for increasing that yield over time."

2010-06-02