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Real Estate Investment Trust Index Portfolio

Vanguard REIT Index Fund — VGSNX

Investment Objective

The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Index Portfolio seeks to provide a high level of income and moderate longterm capital appreciation by tracking the performance of a benchmark index that measures the performance of publicly traded equity REITs.

Investment Strategy

The REIT Index Portfolio invests entirely in the Vanguard REIT Index Fund (the “REIT Index Fund”), which employs an indexing investment approach designed to track the performance of the MSCI US REIT Index. The Index is composed of stocks of publicly traded Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (known as REITs). The REIT Index Fund attempts to replicate the Index by investing all, or substantially all, of its assets in the stocks that make up the Index, holding each stock in approximately the same proportion as its weighting in the Index.

Investment Risks

Because the REIT Index Portfolio invests entirely in the Vanguard REIT Index Fund, the Portfolio is subject to a high level of industry concentration risk and interest rate risk. The Portfolio is also subject to stock market risk and investment style risk.

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Average Annual Returns

Updated Monthly as of 12/31/2018
1 Year 3 Year 5 Year Since Inception Sep 2005
Real Estate Investment Trust Index -6.01% 2.23% 7.29% 6.18%
Real Estate Investment Trust Index Benchmark -4.67% 2.77% 7.67% 6.11%

Returns are net of fees.

The Real Estate Investment Trust Index Portfolio’s Benchmark is a blended composite benchmark reflecting the asset strategic benchmark index components for each underlying investment manager, and an adjustment reflecting the administrative fee for the Portfolio:


100% Equity
0% Fixed Income/Cash


Unit Price Percent
As of 1/15/2019 $ 22.37
Change $ 0.21 0.94%

Portfolio Fee as of 11/30/2018

Asset Management Fees 0.10%
Administrative Fee 0.10%
Expense Ratio 0.20%
Inception Date Sep 2005

Historical Prices

dates price
1/15/2019 $ 22.37
1/14/2019 $ 22.16
1/11/2019 $ 22.25
1/10/2019 $ 22.18
1/9/2019 $ 21.87


  1. All investment return information is calculated by BNY Mellon Asset Servicing. Returns are presented net of management fees and Invest529 administrative fees. Returns for periods greater than one year are annualized.
  2. The Invest529 REIT Index Fund uses the Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund (Institutional Shares) as the underlying investment vehicle. This means that the Invest529 Fund invests in and owns shares of the underlying Vanguard Fund. Invest529 Program investors own shares of the Invest529 Fund; they do not directly own shares of the underlying Vanguard Fund.
  3. The Fund Benchmark is a custom benchmark that provides for the comparison of Fund performance results to an appropriate strategic benchmark index, in this case the MSCI US REIT Index, with an adjustment reflecting the Invest529 administrative fee for the Fund.
  4. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please refer to the Invest529 Program Description and the underlying Vanguard Fund prospectus before making any investment decision.