Vanguard Income Portfolio
Unit Price as of 11/17/2017$16.14
Expense ratio as of 11/06/20170.16%
Inception date12/16/2002


Vanguard Income Portfolio seeks current income.

Learn more about this portfolio's investment strategy and policy.

TypeIntermediate-Term Bond
CategoryIntermediate-Term Bond


Knowing a fund's investment style can help you understand how it might fit in your portfolio. This information can also help you build a portfolio that's broadly diversified across markets and less susceptible to sharp swings in any one market area.

Bond style
Vanguard uses a 9-box grid called a "style box" to illustrate how our bond fund holdings are distributed by credit quality and average maturity. Credit quality is a measure of a bond issuer's ability to pay interest and repay principal in a timely manner. Quality ranges from Treasury bonds or agency bonds (generally the highest quality issues), investment-grade corporate (medium to high quality), and below investment grade. Average maturity is the length of time until the bonds in the fund are due to be repaid. Maturities are classified as short-, intermediate-, or long-term.

Avg. Weighted
Short Med Long    

Average Annual Returns—Updated Quarterly as of 09/30/2017

The performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that 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. See performance data current to the most recent month-end. Expense ratio information can be found on the Overview page.

Important 529 performance information

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 1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception
Vanguard Income0.19%1.58%0.85%3.04% 3.27%
Vanguard 529 Income Composite*0.32%1.67%1.01% 3.25%3.57%
*Consists of the Spliced Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index (34.5%), Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate ex-USD Float Adjusted RIC Capped Index (USD Hedged) (22.5%), Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 0-5 Year TIPS Index (18%), Citigroup 3-Month Treasury Bill Index (21.25%), and Ryan Labs 3 year GIC Index (3.75%). The Spliced Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index consists of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index through December 31, 2009 and the Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Float Adjusted Index thereafter. The Bloomberg Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS Index replaced the U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Index on November 1, 2015.


For more information about The Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan, download a Program Description or request one by calling 866-734-4530. The Program Description includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other information; read and consider it carefully before investing. Vanguard Marketing Corporation, Distributor and Underwriter. Please note: Before investing in any 529 plan, you should consider whether your or the beneficiary's home state offers a 529 plan that provides its taxpayers with favorable state tax and other benefits that are only available through investment in the home state's 529 plan. You also should consult your financial, tax, or other adviser to learn more about how state-based benefits (or any limitations) would apply to your specific circumstances. You also may wish to contact directly your home state's 529 plan[s], or any other 529 plan, to learn more about those plans' features, benefits, and limitations. Keep in mind that state-based benefits should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be considered when making an investment decision.

The Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan is a Nevada Trust administered by the Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plans of Nevada, chaired by the Nevada State Treasurer. 

The Vanguard Group, Inc., serves as the Investment Manager and through its affiliate, Vanguard Marketing Corporation, markets and distributes the Plan. Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, Inc., serves as Program Manager and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations. The Plan’s portfolios, although they invest in Vanguard mutual funds, are not mutual funds. Investment returns are not guaranteed and you could lose money by investing in the Plan.