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Subject:  Need counsel: VAIPX vs. VBTLX Date:  11/23/2012  2:11 PM
Author:  HomerUSA Number:  34521 of 36324

Today I'm two years away from maxing out my Social Security benefits, at which time I will apply for SS and hopefully spend more time skiing and less time working.

Two years ago, thinking that I had neither the time nor the skill to better manage my retirement portfolio, I asked Vanguard to exchange all my IRA stocks for five or fewer Vanguard funds. Vanguard opined that the new portfolio should contain 60% equities and 40% bonds. That made sense, so I said, "Sure."

Vanguard recommended only one bond fund: VBMFX (or VBTLX). I said, "Sure. If I knew better how to choose bond funds, I would be in your business."

Now I'm wondering whether VAIPX would have been a better choice. Is there benefit in exchanging some or all of the VBTLX for VAIPX, or is my "inflation-protection during low interest rates" concern something that will pass?


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