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  1. 3 Tax-Efficient Retirement Saver Portfolios


    Thu, 26 Feb 2015

    basis. Despite posting a nearly 16% annualized gain over the past five years, for example, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index VTSMX has a tax-cost ratio of just 0.36%--and that's for investors who are in the highest tax bracket. Tax-managed funds

  2. Top U.S. Equity Funds for Your Taxable Account


    Wed, 25 Feb 2015

    includes some duplicate share classes of the same funds. Three of those funds are shown below. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index VTSMX Analyst Rating: Gold | 5-Year Tax-Cost Ratio: 0.44% An obvious choice, perhaps, but it bears repeating that index

  3. For high flyers who hate downside risk


    Mon, 9 Feb 2015

    equally weighted portfolio averaged >29% annually versus a bit more than 6% annually over the last ten years. In 2008 when VTSMX declined >38% this portfolio lost only a bit more than 1%. Market crushing gains over the long term with tremendous downmarket

  4. Flakey's bear market specials


    Mon, 9 Feb 2015

    An equally weighted portfolio of these stocks beat VTSMX by 45 points in 2008 when Mr. Market went more than 38% under water. AAON, AAP, AZO, CELG, DLTR, DORM, GILD, MMS, ODFL

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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