9 Best Vanguard Mutual Funds

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If you want to own investments that reflect your values, the Vanguard FTSE Social Index Fund cries out for a look-see. This fund tracks the FTSE4Good US Select Index, and holds large- and mid-cap stocks that satisfy environmental, social and corporate governance criteria.

As one of Vanguard’s premier ESG funds, VFTNX avoids stock in companies engaged in adult entertainment, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, weapons and nuclear power, as well as companies that are involved with coal, oil or natural gas. It also excludes stock of companies that do not meet certain labor, human rights, diversity and environmental requirements.

VFTNX’s average annual return is fourth best among Vanguard’s U.S. large-cap blend funds in our list over the past decade.