Expense ratio: 0.31%
Vanguard Dividend Growth is a large-company stock fund and a member of the Kiplinger 25, the annual list of our favorite no-load funds.
Manager Donald Kilbride invests in firms with low debt and high returns on equity and a history of regularly raising dividends. That's led him to high-quality names such as Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The fund, which yields 2.2%, has proved steadier than its peers.
See FUND TABLES: Kiplinger 25 at a Glance for the complete list of our favorite no-load mutual funds.
Visit Kiplinger's Model Portfolios for three examples of how you can put Kiplinger 25 funds to work.
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