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Vanguard Wellington Annual Performance, 1954 - 2018

|About: Vanguard Wellington™ Fund Inv (VWELX)

Summary of Vanguard's Wellington Annual Performance from 1954 through 2018.

60% Equity / 40% Bond portfolio.

The use of dividend paying stocks for the equity portion and corporate bonds result in decent return even in raising rate environments.

(1) Historical 10-Year bond yields:

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10-Year Bond Yields

(2) Nice summary of U.S. Stock Market Corrections. Uses Dow Jones Industrial Average for a proxy for the stock market.

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Dow Jones History

(3) Annual performance of Vanguard's Wellington Mutual Fund (Investor Shares). Ticker: VWELX


VWELX Investment strategy

Founded in 1929, Wellington™ Fund is Vanguard’s oldest mutual fund and the nation’s oldest balanced fund. It offers exposure to stocks (about two-thirds of the portfolio) and bonds (one-third of the portfolio). Another key attribute is broad diversification—the fund invests in stocks and bonds across all economic sectors. This is important because one or two holdings should not have a sizeable impact on the fund. Investors with a long-term time horizon who want growth and are willing to accept stock market volatility may wish to consider this as a core holding in their portfolio.

The fund invests 60% to 70% of its assets in dividend-paying, and, to a lesser extent, non-dividend-paying common stocks of established medium-size and large companies. In choosing these companies, the advisor seeks those that appear to be undervalued but to have prospects for improvement. These stocks are commonly referred to as value stocks. The remaining 30% to 40% of fund assets are invested mainly in investment-grade corporate bonds, with some exposure to U.S. Treasury and government agency bonds, as well as mortgage-backed securities.

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Moderate Allocation

Expense ratioas of 03/28/2019


Save even more by investing in lower cost Admiral Shares.

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Fund advisor

Wellington Management Company LLP

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Additional disclosure: I do not own VWELX at this time, I have in the past though. I do own Vanguard Wellesley Income Fund Investor Shares (VWINX) currently.