In looking at my various Vanguard funds,
and learning more about using bonds as that stable insurance for market crisis as we've seen in the last 5 years.
Here is a chart from Yahoo - listing the various funds along with the Total Stock fundhttp://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?t=5y&s=VBMFX&l=on&z=l&q=l&c=vwinx%2C+vwesx%2C+vtsmx&ql=1
I'm looking for that balance of...
1 - not too far down during the 2008/09 dip
2 - recovers after the dip
3 - grows with the recent economy
In looking at the chart, it appears to me...
1 - VBMFX - total bond - down a little -1, up a little +2
2 - VWINX - cap appr, bond+stock div - down -3, up +3
3 - VWESX - corp lt bond - down -2, up +4
4 - VTSMX - total stock - down -4, up +1
So it would seem that, yes, VBMFX is the most stable - as an insurance element.
But, with a little more down risk, what about VWINX or VWESX ?
If I have money to add, away from my equity Total Stock Market,
and need to choose between the 3 bond-like funds... I think I am leaning more to VWESX.
Here's the 2yr charthttp://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=VBMFX&t=2y&l=on&z=l&q=l&c=vwinx%2Cvwesx%2Cvtsmx