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bootyman

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VASGX ETF Alternative
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:48:18 PM »
What would be a good 'all in one' etf alternative to the VASGX mutual fund?

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Re: VASGX ETF Alternative
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2016, 10:50:32 PM »
First it helps to show what VASGX contains:

Vanguard LifeStrategy Growth Fund:
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Investor Shares, 48.1%
Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund Investor Shares, 32.2%
Vanguard Total Bond Market II Index Fund Investor Shares, 14.0%
Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund Investor Shares, 5.7%

So roughly speaking, 50% US stock / 30% international and 20% bonds.

In general I don't see all-in-one ETFs.  Those retirement related funds have an audience that buys and holds for a very long time.  ETFs generally are for people with high turnover.  What do you need that you think only an ETF can provide?

bootyman

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Re: VASGX ETF Alternative
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 03:15:06 PM »
My desire for an etf has to do with tax loss harvesting and other trading I am involved in. 

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Re: VASGX ETF Alternative
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2016, 07:15:09 PM »
My desire for an etf has to do with tax loss harvesting and other trading I am involved in. 

You can still do tax loss harvesting with mutual funds.

If you want ETFs,  just buy VTI, VXUS, and BND. It's a pretty close approximation to VASGX if you buy them in those proportions.