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  1. VDGIX vs. VTSMX


    Mon, 5 Jan 2015

    as a substitute for bonds, which makes me wonder if I understand how Value Growth works and perhaps I'd be better off with VTSMX . Thoughts on either of these funds for the simple guy just trying to sock a couple of three thousand dollars away each year

  2. How to construct a conservative bond fund?


    Sun, 4 Jan 2015

    I hope everyone had a Happy New Year. I have posted in the past about assett allocation. The planner at Vanguard suggested: VTSMX - 20% VTISAX - 10% VBFMX - 80% I need some help on constructing a well diversified bond fund. Any help would be appreciated.

  3. Portfolio returns/analysis


    Fri, 2 Jan 2015

    not clear what 10,000 is (I am assuming dollars). I'd like to be able to answer the question "What was the return for VTSMX in 2008?", and the answer would be a positive or negative percentage number including dividends (eg; -5.91%). Thanks

  4. Portfolio review request


    Thu, 1 Jan 2015

    Blend Large Core 0.37 Vanguard Large Cap Index Adm VLCAX 7.11 GOLD 4 Large Blend Large Core 0.09 Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Inv VTSMX 1.63 GOLD 4 Large Blend Large Core 0.17 Harbor Capital Appreciation Inv HCAIX 6.6 GOLD 4 Large

  5. The Winners and Losers of U.S. Equity Funds in 2014


    Tue, 16 Dec 2014

    stock market funds. Vanguard 500 Index VFINX is top quartile for the year to date, while Vanguard Total Stock Market Index VTSMX is second quartile and Vanguard Extended Market Index VEXMX is in the third quartile. Winner: Funds With the Right Financials

  6. Correlation Building Between REITs and Other Stocks


    Thu, 11 Dec 2014

    find out. You can compare your weighting with that of a total-market index fund such as Vanguard Total Stock Market Index VTSMX to see whether your exposure is on the high or low side. It's also worth noting that, like stocks, REITs generally have

  7. Crucial Facts When Evaluating Unmanaged Vs. Managed Funds


    Tue, 2 Dec 2014

    market index fund such as Vanguard Total Stock Market Index ( VTSMX ) or Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) which go beyond including ..... believe so: Aside from investing a whopping $355 billion in VTSMX (whose 25 largest holdings are virtually identical with that

  8. Taxable Account: VWENX or VDIGX or VFINX or VTSMX ?


    Fri, 28 Nov 2014

    In a taxable account, would you rather own VWENX, VDIGX, VFINX, or VTSMX ? I want to start investing in a taxable account that I could hold for the long term, and possibly just use the dividends as income

  9. Asset Allocation using M* Fair Value?


    Mon, 24 Nov 2014

    compare performance of the following strategies: 100% VTSMX (Vanguard Total Stock Market fund); 60%/40% VTSMX /PTTRX (Pimco Total Return fund), rebalanced monthly; 60%/40% VTSMX /PTTRX, adjusted for Fair Value monthly; Moving Average

  10. Three birds in two hands


    Sat, 22 Nov 2014

    well defined situation, a 50/50 portfolio allocation between VTSMX and VBMFX would quite comfortably support his real, inflation ..... were his results? Was he better off taking door 1 (50/50 VTSMX /VBMFX), door 2 (4% yield + 3% yield growth rate), or

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