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All of the World in One Fund

This Vanguard index fund can be used as a portfolio starter for a young investor.

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 Vanguard Total World Stock (VT) is a global equities index fund that covers approximately 98% of the world's investable market capitalization. About 50% of the fund's portfolio is invested in U.S. stocks, 40% in international developed stocks, and the remaining 10% in emerging-markets stocks. 

Investors can use this as an all-in-one fund to cover the equities portion of a diversified stock-bond portfolio. It can also be used as a good starter portfolio for a young investor. Those who want a more customized exposure can use VT as a core holding and add on regional or single-country funds. However, those who already hold other U.S. equity funds will find that the addition of VT will result in significant overlap.

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