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A Vanguard of Value for Mid-Cap Investors
12/03/2020 5:00 am EST
Conventional wisdom says to buy funds posting strong returns in top performing categories, suggests growth and income expert Richard Moroney, editor of Dow Theory Forecasts.
While investing in today’s winners can translate to strong returns, the strategy can get crowded when investors chase performance and pile in. Importantly, the crowd isn’t always right.
Sometimes it pays to do the opposite of what the crowd is doing. Betting on out-of-favor funds, dubbed contrarian investing, can also translate to strong returns.
To be sure, the strategy often requires a strong stomach and patience. But contrarian investors may find that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Ultimately, a key to successful long-term fund investing is to consider different approaches.
Down 2.7% in 2020, Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund ETF Shares (VOE) is an attractive rebound pick. A component of our recommended portfolios, the ETF favors consumer discretionary (18% of assets), financials (16%), and utilities (13%). It holds 207 stocks, with the 10 largest positions accounting for 12% of the fund.
Over the past 10 years, the ETF has posted an impressive 10.6% annualized return, ranking it among the top 8% of its peer group. In addition, the fund has a current annual dividend yield of 2.85% that is paid quarterly.
The fund has generated positive returns in seven of the last 10 years, including a 28% gain in 2019. Vanguard Midcap Value charges a modest 0.07% expense ratio, well below the category average of 1.09%.
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