What are Vanguard LifeStrategy portfolios?
There are four Vanguard LifeStrategy portfolios. They allocate between 20% – 80% to stocks and 20% – 80% to bonds. They range between low-risk and high-risk portfolios. They can be built with just 4 ETFs. They differ from lifecycle funds in that they keep the same asset allocation where the lifecycle funds change theirs.
For the past 10 years, the Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (80/20) has returned 9.21 with a standard deviation of 13.6. The dividend yield is 1.96. The 30-year return is 8.42%. Year to date the Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (80/20) portfolio has returned 12.86%%.
- What is the historical return of Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios?
- How do Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios compare to the best portfolios?
- How do you build Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios with ETFs?
- Here is how we select the right ETFs
- Vanguard LifeStrategy Portfolios, Happiness In A Box
- Description of the Vanguard LifeStrategy portfolios,
- Resources for the Vanguard LifeStrategy portfolios,
- Suggestions for your next steps
- Related questions
What is the historical return of Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios?
Here is the historical return of Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios.
|Name||Asset class count||Year to date||Return in 2020||10 year return||CAGR since 1989 (%)||Risk level||Expense ratio|
|Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (20/80)||4||2.54%||8.85||5.36||6.77||1||0.05%|
|Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (40/60)||4||5.99%||10.91||6.7||7.44||1||0.05%|
|Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (60/40)||4||9.44%||12.98||7.99||8.0||2||0.05%|
|Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (80/20)||4||12.86%||15.02||9.21||8.42||3||0.05%|
How do Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios compare to the best portfolios?
Below you can see the returns of the best portfolios that we have benchmarked.
How do you build Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios with ETFs?
Here is how you build Vanguard’s LifeStrategy portfolios with ETFs.
Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (20/80)
- 12.00% US Total Stock Market
- 8.00% International All-World ex-US
- 56.00% Total US Bond Market
- 24.00% Non-US Bonds
Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth (40/60)
- 24.00% US Total Stock Market
- 16.10% International All-World ex-US
- 42.00% Total US Bond Market
- 17.90% Non-US Bonds
Vanguard LifeStrategy Moderate Growth (60/40)
- 36.10% US Total Stock Market
- 24.10% International All-World ex-US
- 27.90% Total US Bond Market
- 11.90% Non-US Bonds
Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund (80/20)
- 48.10% US Total Stock Market
- 31.90% International All-World ex-US
- 14.00% Total US Bond Market
- 6.00% Non-US Bonds
If you want a 100% bond portfolio, there are of course the total bond market fund or ETF (BND).
If your a missing a 100% stock portfolio, there are the total stock market ETF and fund (VTI).
Here is how we select the right ETFs
There are a lot of ETFs! It is laborious work to sift through hundreds and hundreds of ETFs just to find the right one, but it is worth it!
Finding the right and BEST ETF could earn you a lot more money than number two.
We have carefully selected an ETF for each asset class that the portfolios on portfolioeinstein.com use. If you want to read more about our selection process and see what we consider the best ETFs please visit our article What Is The Best ETF?
If you are a European investor you need to buy European ETFs. We have listed 47 of the best ETFs in our article What Are The Best ETFs For European Investors? (Here Is 47).
As of 2021 we also track socially responsible investing ESG portfolios. Socially responsible investing (ESG) portfolios prioritize investing that puts an emphasis on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues.
You can find the socially responsible investing ESG ETFs in the same article.
Vanguard LifeStrategy Portfolios, Happiness In A Box
Vanguard is the fund management company founded by the supreme good guy of investing John C. Bogle.
Vanguard has a unique governance structure that makes it so that Vanguard’s only mission is to look out for those who own shares of the mutual funds. John Bogle has structured Vanguard in such a way that the owners of shares are also the owners of Vanguard.
The investors (owners) are all those people who own a Vanguard mutual fund or ETF. John Bogle calls it the only mutual mutual fund company.
John Bogle talks about it in one of his best books Common Sense on Mutual Funds.
I recently completed a history of the Vanguard, which was very good. It is called The Man in the Arena: Vanguard Founder John C. Bogle and His Lifelong Battle to Serve Investors First
“The book is part tribute to Mr. Bogle, part history, and part investment wisdom. The breadth of the tributes extends beyond the finance world of managers and writers, to heavyweight economists, such as Paul Volcker, and all the way to a former resident of the White House, Bill Clinton. The history spans the time period from the founding of Vanguard and its unique mutual ownership to the launching of the first no-load mutual funds and index funds. I personally loved the poster that declared, “Index funds are un-American.”
Description of the Vanguard LifeStrategy portfolios,
The Vanguard LifeStrategy funds are one-fund portfolio funds. They are funds of funds. This means that each fund contains a collection of other funds.
This is the same method that target-date funds are constructed. It is an easy and inexpensive way to build one-fund portfolio funds. The alternative would be that each fund would need to buy individual shares and bonds to reach their allocated target levels.
One-fund portfolio funds are sometimes called target-risk funds.
A one-portfolio fund promises a particular asset allocation within the fund, such as 50% stocks and 50% bonds. The fund handles all the rebalancing for you. The only thing you need to do is buy that one fund. Other one-portfolio funds are target-date funds that also have a particular allocation but one that changes as you age.
There are 4 Vanguards LifeStrategy funds. An income fund and three growth funds. They are:
- LifeStrategy Income Fund
- LifeStrategy Conservative Growth Fund
- LifeStrategy Moderate Growth Fund
- LifeStrategy Growth Fund
Resources for the Vanguard LifeStrategy portfolios,
It is always a pleasure to read any of John Bogle’s books, so any book by him is recommended.
These two are good starting points.
- John Bogle – Common Sense on Mutual Funds
- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
You can compare different Target Date Funds in the article What Is The Best Target Date Fund?
If you need a primer on target-date portfolios, you should go read the article Target Date Fund Portfolios.
Suggestions for your next steps
Finding the correct portfolio is hard. Maintaining your portfolio is also daunting. If you are still in doubt about which portfolio to choose, we suggest you read our article How To Invest Money: 5 Simple Steps That Work For Anyone
If you have already committed to a portfolio – good for you! If you need help maintaining the portfolio you will find our rebalance worksheet useful. Rebalancing your portfolio lowers your risk and may provide higher returns in the long run. It is completely FREE.
You can find the rebalance worksheet in our article Here Is The Most Easy To Use Portfolio Rebalance Tool.
Rebalancing lowers your portfolio risk and may increase your returns.
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Are Vanguard LifeStrategy funds good?
Vanguard LifeStrategy funds are maybe the best-balanced funds you can get.
Is Vanguard good for beginners?
Vanguard has 7 trillion dollars under management. Vanguard is suited for both beginners and very advanced investors.
What Vanguard fund does Warren Buffett recommend?
Warren Buffett recommends that most people will do just fine if they held a Vanguard S&P 500 fund (VOO) and a short-term treasury bond fund (VGSH).