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“Stellar risk-adjusted performance”1

That’s Morningstar on Vanguard Core Bond Fund. More recently, they chimed in on our two new active fixed income ETFs.

95% of our bond funds outperformed peer-group averages over 10 years

Our active mutual fund and active ETF lineup is built to pursue outperformance.

A low-cost advantage that helps drive strong returns for your clients over time3

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Consistent outperformance

  • An expense ratio that beats the industry average, fueling our track record of stronger risk-adjusted returns.
  • Managers who seek alpha through that low-cost structure4
  • Higher returns for the amount of risk taken when compared to fund peer groups (seen in the Sharpe ratio5, a measure of return above the risk-free rate that adjusts for volatility).

Notes: This chart shows the percentage of Vanguard active bond funds that outperformed the average return of their peer group of mutual funds, according to Sharpe ratios. For the three-year period, 47 of 55 bond funds outperformed their peer-group average. For the five-year period, 48 of 54 bond funds outperformed their peer-group average. For the ten-year period, 47 of 49 bond funds outperformed their peer-group average. Results will vary for other time periods. Only funds with a minimum three-, five-, or ten-year history, respectively, were included in the comparison.

Sources: Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company, ViFi, as of December 31, 2023.

Note that the competitive performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results, and that all investments are subject to risks. For the most recent performance, visit our website at advisors.vanguard.com/investments.

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Here’s a peek at how our Core Bond active fund ranks against similar ones at two other firms

  OVERVIEW PERFORMANCE RISK
PRODUCT GROSS EXP. RATIO 1-YR TOTAL RETURNS 3-YR TOTAL RETURNS 5-YR TOTAL RETURNS 5-YR STANDARD DEVIATION
Vanguard Core Bond Fund Admiral (VCOBX) 0.10% 2.55% –3.00% 1.59% 6.32%
American Funds Bond Fund of Amer F3 (BFFAX) 0.22% 1.80% –2.75% 1.72% 6.11%
JPMorgan Core Bond R6 (JCBUX) 0.35% 2.43% –2.50% 1.43% 5.85%

The performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so investors' shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data cited.

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Disclosures and footnotes

1 Analyst report on Vanguard Core Bond Fund, Morningstar, Inc., published Nov. 22, 2023, based on September 31, 2023 data.

Note: The strategy's investment process inspires confidence and earns a High Process Pillar rating. Morningstar's evaluation of this fund's process seeks to understand management's investment philosophy, and whether it has been applied consistently over time and can add value across the market cycle. The leading factor in the rating is its parent firm's excellent long-term risk-adjusted performance. The average Morningstar Rating of the strategies they [Core Bond Fund team] manage is 4.0. stars, demonstrating stellar risk-adjusted performance.

2 Data as of March 31, 2024. For the 10-year period, 42 of 44 bond funds outperformed their peer-group averages. Results will vary for other time periods. Only funds with a minimum 10-year history were included in the comparison. Source: LSEG Lipper. Note that the competitive performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results, and that all investments are subject to risks. For the most recent performance, visit our website at advisors.vanguard.com/investments.

3 Vanguard and Morningstar, Inc., as of December 31, 2023. These are weighted expense ratios for actively managed fixed income funds.

4 Vanguard and Morningstar, Inc., as of December 31, 2023. These are weighted expense ratios for actively managed fixed income funds.

5 The Sharpe ratio is calculated by dividing an investment’s return, minus the risk-free rate of return, by the standard deviation of returns for the investment. Higher numbers are better because they show a higher return for the amount of risk taken.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

For more information about Vanguard funds or Vanguard ETFs, view detailed product information or call 800-997-2798 to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are contained in the prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.

Be aware that fluctuations in the financial markets and other factors may cause declines in the value of your account. There is no guarantee that any particular asset allocation or mix of funds will meet your investment objectives or provide you with a given level of income. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

International investing is subject to additional risks, including the possibility that returns will be hurt by a decline in the value of foreign currencies or by unfavorable developments in a particular country or region.

Stocks and bonds of issuers based in emerging markets are subject to national and regional political and economic risks and to the risk of currency fluctuations. These risks are especially high in emerging markets.

Bond funds are subject to interest rate risk, which is the chance bond prices overall will decline because of rising interest rates, and credit risk, which is the chance a bond issuer will fail to pay interest and principal in a timely manner or that negative perceptions of the issuer's ability to make such payments will cause the price of that bond to decline.

U.S. government backing of Treasury or agency securities applies only to the underlying securities and does not prevent share-price fluctuations. Unlike stocks and bonds, U.S. Treasury bills are guaranteed as to the timely payment of principal and interest.

High-yield bonds generally have medium- and lower-range credit-quality ratings and are therefore subject to a higher level of credit risk than bonds with higher credit-quality ratings.

Vanguard is owned by its funds, which are owned by Vanguard’s fund shareholder clients.

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The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating," is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a 3-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% 3-year rating for 36–59 months of total returns, 60% 5-year rating/40% 3-year rating for 60–119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% 5-year rating/20% 3-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent 3-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.