Vanguard Wellington Fund
commemorates its 80-year anniversary this month as it continues to retain the steady success that has been a hallmark of its eight-decade run as the first balanced mutual-fund, wrote
Sam Mamudi in Thursday's Fund Track column in the Wall Street Journal
. The WSJ
column briefly touched upon the fund's history from its Depression-era beginnings through its "lost decade" years and today. However, Mamudi's piece overlooked an important piece of history:
's former chairman Jack Bogle
's push for Wellington Management to merge with
Boston-based Thorndike, Doran, Paine & Lewis, which managed Ivest Fund, a go-go fund. After the merger, there was a dispute between Bogle and the Boston parters, which ultimately led to Bogle forming the Vanguard Group. Vanguard then employed Wellington as a sub-adviser.
Fund is in the top five percentile of its category for five- and ten- year returns and was up 5.1% in the first six months of the year, according to Morningstar. The fund currently maintains $40 billion in assets, with approximately 35 percent of its portfolio in fixed-income securities.
Thursday's column quoted Edward Bousa
, co-manager of Wellington Fund
, and referenced quotations from Bogle and Wellington founder Walter Morgan.
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