A Simple Investment Portfolio

When it comes to investing you want to be diversified, consistent, and be in it for the long run.  There are so many opinions of the best way to invest.  It really comes down to your interest level and level of knowledge in investing.  I think the key is simplicity.

For most people they do not have the time or knowledge to invest properly.  One of the best investment companies is Vanguard.  Vanguard provides very low cost Mutual Funds and ETFs.  They never got into the Mortgage mess and are consistently rated very highly by clients.   The key though is the low cost which allows you to keep more of your  own money.

Here is my Simple Portfolio of only 4 Mutual Funds–I would invest 25% in each.  However, what is generally recommended is to invest your age in bonds.  So if you are 40 years old you would invest 40% in bonds and then 20% in the remaining 3 funds.

1) Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund: this fund invests in Large Cap companies that pay a Dividend.

2) Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund:  this fund invests in Small Cap stocks that tend to have more risk but better growth.

3) Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund: this fund gives you International Stock exposure.

4) Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund: this fund gives you exposure to the stability of bonds.  It is a mix of all types of bonds and pays a monthly dividend.

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Opening a Vanguard Account

I just opened a new Vanguard Account.  The process took about 10 minutes and was very easy.  The only thing to be aware of is that a new account requires a minimum of $3,000. for each fund that is opened.  The great thing about Vanguard is the account expense fees are very low.  Most of the mutual funds at Vanguard have an expense fee of around 0.20%.  Mutual funds generally have fees in the 1% range.  So the savings are substantial.

I decided to open the Vanguard account in order to diversify my portfolio and reduce risk just in case another major financial institution goes broke.  I currently have an E-Trade account that is used to purchase stocks that focus on dividend yield.  I also have a Merrill Lynch Account that is professionally managed.

I will post my mutual fund strategy in the next blog.

Money 70: The best mutual funds you can buy

Money 70: The best mutual funds you can buy

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See more on how we picked the funds and what changes we’ve made since last year.

Ticker Fund name 1-yr
FSMKX Fidelity Spartan 500 Index Investor -6.8% 7.5% 9.7% 0.1% $10,000 Blend
FSTMX Fidelity Spartan Total Market Index Inv -6.3% 8.3% 10.8% 0.1% $10,000 Blend
VFINX Vanguard 500 Index -6.8% 7.4% 9.6% 0.1% $3,000 Blend
VTSMX Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx -6.3% 8.2% 10.7% 0.1% $3,000 Blend
VIMSX Vanguard Mid Capitalization Index -6.5% 10.6% 14.9% 0.2% $3,000 Blend
NAESX Vanguard Small Cap Index -8.2% 9.1% 14.1% 0.2% $3,000 Blend
VGSIX Vanguard REIT Index -12.4% 10.5% 16.9% 0.2% $3,000 Real estate
FSIIX Fidelity Spartan International Index Inv -2.3% 16.9% 19.1% 0.1% $10,000 Blend
VEIEX Vanguard Emerging Mkts Stock Idx 21.3% 31.9% 33.6% 0.4% $3,000 Emerging markets
VGTSX Vanguard Total Intl Stock Index 1.6% 19.1% 21.2% 0.0% $3,000 Blend
VBISX Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index 7.1% 4.5% 3.2% 0.2% $3,000 Bonds
VBMFX Vanguard Total Bond Market Index 6.4% 4.1% 3.7% 0.2% $3,000 Bonds
Data as of: May 30, 2008