As mid-cap funds go, this one is an odd duck, but it earns top marks.
Gold-rated Vanguard Dividend Appreciation Index has had strong results and a compelling risk profile over the last decade.
This dividend strategy has shone during market downturns by favoring companies with durable competitive advantages.
Defensive strategies, like those followed by low-volatility ETFs, can produce better risk-adjusted returns while smoothing out the highs and lows of the market.
Whether you prefer an active or an index approach, our analysts say these are the best of breed.
A look at whether low-volatility ETFs make sense over the long haul.
Your knowledge level, desire to be hands-on, tax status, and tolerance for short-term volatility can help you identify the right investments.