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ETF Snapshot: IUSV

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ETF Name: iShares Core U.S. Value ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock
Index Tracked: Russell 3000 Value Index
Expense Ratio: .07%
Assets Under Management: $687.8 million
Number of Holdings: 2,035
Price/Earnings Ratio: 13.67
Price/Book Ratio: 1.53
SEC Yield: 2.49%


Thoughts On Investing, Steve Jobs, And You

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"Save and invest."

This is advice we commonly hear from our earliest years; either from our parents, a teacher, professor, mentor, or adviser. And with those words, we are introduced to the subject of investing. Later, you may hear about the market. As in, "The market was up (or down) today!" Finally, sooner or later you will likely hear someone either bragging about, or bemoaning the state of, their portfolio.

But what, exactly, is investing? What is the market? What is a portfolio? What does it all mean?

There are many highly technical definitions of investing to which I could point you. In fact, I just did, via the link in the last sentence. Here, though, is a very simple one to ponder:
When you commit a dollar today with the expectation of receiving more than a dollar tomorrow. I hope that simple sentence captures the basic essence of investing. If you have no expectation of that dollar being worth more tomorrow, you might as well spend it today. Why? Because, …

ETF Snapshot: IVV

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ETF Name: iShares Core S&P 500 ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - Large Blend
Index Tracked: S&P 500 Index
Expense Ratio: .07%
Assets Under Management: $63.5 billion
Number of Holdings: 504
Price/Earnings Ratio: 17.11
Price/Book Ratio: 2.50
SEC Yield: 2.05%


ETF Snapshot: SCHV

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ETF Name: Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Value ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - Large Value
Index Tracked: Dow Jones U.S. Large Cap Value Total Stock Market Index
Expense Ratio: .06%
Assets Under Management: $1.65 billion
Number of Holdings: 355
Price/Earnings Ratio: 17.40
Price/Book Ratio: 2.10
SEC Yield: 3.12%


ETF Snapshot: SCHG

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ETF Name: Schwab U.S. Large-Cap Growth ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - Large Growth
Index Tracked: Dow Jones U.S. Large Cap Growth Total Stock Market Index
Expense Ratio: .06%
Assets Under Management: $2.4 billion
Number of Holdings: 430
Price/Earnings Ratio: 21.38
Price/Book Ratio: 3.78
SEC Yield: 1.09%


ETF Snapshot: VOO

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ETF Name: Vanguard S&P 500 ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - Large Blend
Index Tracked: S&P 500 Index
Expense Ratio: .05%
Assets Under Management: $40.4 billion
Number of Holdings: 503
Price/Earnings Ratio: 20.5
Price/Book Ratio: 2.8
SEC Yield: 2.12%


ETF Snapshot: SCHX

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ETF Name: Schwab U.S. Large-Cap ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - Large Blend
Index Tracked: Dow Jones U.S. Large-Cap Total Stock Market Index
Expense Ratio: .03%
Assets Under Management: $4.8 billion
Number of Holdings: 763
Price/Earnings Ratio: 19.11
Price/Book Ratio: 2.69
SEC Yield: 2.11%


ETF Snapshot: SCHZ

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ETF Name: Schwab U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
Asset Class: Intermediate-Term Bond
Index Tracked: Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
Expense Ratio: .05%
Assets Under Management: $2.1 billion
Number of Holdings: 2,640
Average Duration: 5.3 Years
Yield to Maturity: 2.70%


ETF Snapshot: SCHB

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ETF Name: Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - General
Index Tracked: Dow Jones U.S. Broad Stock Market Index
Expense Ratio: .03%
Assets Under Management: $5.3 billion
Number of Holdings: 2,082
Price/Earnings Ratio: 19.08
Price/Book Ratio: 2.58
SEC Yield: 2.10%


ETF Snapshot: ITOT

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ETF Name: iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - General
Index Tracked: S&P Total Market Index (TMI)
Expense Ratio: .03%
Assets Under Management: $2.8 billion
Number of Holdings: 3,786
Price/Earnings Ratio: 17.78
Price/Book Ratio: 2.48
SEC Yield: 2.02%


ETF Snapshot: BND

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ETF Name: Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF
Asset Class: Intermediate-Term Bond
Index Tracked: Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Bond Index
Expense Ratio: .07%
Assets Under Management: $27.2 billion
Number of Holdings: 7,746
Average Duration: 5.8 Years
Yield to Maturity: 2.4%


ETF Snapshot: VTI

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ETF Name: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
Asset Class: Domestic Stock - General
Index Tracked: CRSP US Total Market Index
Expense Ratio: .05%
Assets Under Management: $58.1 billion
Number of Holdings: 3,791
Price/Earnings Ratio: 22.5
Price/Book Ratio: 2.7
SEC Yield: 2.00%


The ETF Monkey Vanguard Core Portfolio: 2015 Year-End Update

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This article is an update to the following articles:
On July 1, 2015, I wrote an article for Seeking Alpha introducing The ETF Monkey Vanguard Core Portfolio.On August 26, 2015, following the severe market decline culminating on August 24, I wrote a follow-up article both evaluating the performance of the portfolio as well as executing a rebalancing transaction to bring the portfolio back in line with my target weightings. In this article, I will report on the performance of the portfolio between August 24 and the end of the year on December 31. I have decided to move this and future updates for this portfolio to my personal blog so that Seeking Alpha readers do not get confused between this portfolio and The ETF Monkey 2016 Model Portfolio I introduced at the end of the year.
As a convenience to readers of this article, here is a graphic of how the portfolio stood on 8/24/15 after my rebalancing transaction (Note: You can click on any picture to see an enlarged version).
Evaluating th…