Federal Money Market Fund (VMFXX)


Options Expense ratio Minimum
Investor 0.11% N/A

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Product type: Taxable Money Market
Product type: Government
 inception on 07/13/1981
$116.5 billion net assets for
 as of 12/31/2018
138 holdings as of 12/31/2018
Benchmarked to the US Gov't Money Market Funds Average
Turnover rate (Fiscal year-end  08/31/2018) 0.00%

A non-money market fund's SEC yield is based on a formula mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that calculates a fund's hypothetical annualized income, as a percentage of its assets. A security's income, for the purposes of this calculation, is based on the current market yield to maturity (in the case of bonds) or projected dividend yield (for stocks) of the fund's holdings over a trailing 30-day period. This hypothetical income will differ (at times, significantly) from the fund's actual experience; as a result, income distributions from the fund may be higher or lower than implied by the SEC yield.

The SEC yield for a money market fund is calculated by annualizing its daily income distributions for the previous seven days.



 7 day as of 01/18/2019
CUSIP: 922906300

Investment approach

  • Invests primarily in U.S. government agency obligations.
  • Seeks current income.
  • Seeks to maintain a constant $1 net asset value (NAV).
  • Maintains an average maturity of 60 days or less.

Total returns

as of 12/31/2018

View as:

as of 12/31/2018

  1 year 3 year 5 year 10 year


1.78% 0.96% 0.59% 0.34% 4.19%

U.S. Government Money Market Funds Average

1.23% 0.53% 0.32% 0.17%

Note: Fee adjusted for mutual funds where applicable.

* Derived from data provided by Lipper, a Thomson Reuters Company.

The performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so investors' shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data cited.

People and process

Product management

Vanguard Federal Money Market Fund seeks to provide current income while maintaining a stable $1 NAV and a very short average maturity. The fund invests at least 99.5% of its total assets in cash, government securities, and/or repurchase agreements that are collateralized solely by government securities or cash (collectively, government securities). As government agency securities, the fund’s holdings have very high credit quality, although most are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. The portfolio managers seek to add value primarily by emphasizing specific issues that appear attractively priced based on historical yield-spread relationships. The average maturity typically ranges from 30–60 days, and the fund maintains a dollar-weighted average maturity of 60 days or less, and a dollar-weighted average life of 120 days or less.

Firm and manager details  


Money marketas of 12/31/2018 VMFXX

U.S. Government Money Market Funds Average

Number of holdings 138 N/A

Average effective maturity (taxable bond funds and balanced funds except Tax-Managed Balanced)
Average Effective Maturity is defined as the average length of time until fixed income securities held by a fund reach maturity and are repaid, taking into consideration that an action such as a call or refunding may cause some bonds to be repaid before they mature.

Average stated maturity (municipal bond funds and Tax-Managed Balanced)
Average stated maturity represents the average of the stated maturity dates for all fixed income securities held by the fund.

Average maturity (money market funds only)
Average maturity represents the weighted average maturity of the fund's holdings using the date of the next interest rate adjustment for certain adjustable-rate securities held by the fund.

52.0 (days) N/A
Weighted average life 75.0 (days) N/A

Risk and volatility

The fund is designed for investors with a low tolerance for risk; however, the fund’s performance could be hurt by:

  • Income risk: The chance that the fund’s income will decline because of falling interest rates. Because the fund’s income is based on short-term interest rates—which can fluctuate significantly over short periods—income risk is expected to be high.
  • Manager risk: The chance that poor security selection will cause the fund to underperform relevant benchmarks or other funds with a similar investment objective.
  • Credit risk: The chance that the issuer of a security will fail to pay interest or principal in a timely manner or that negative perceptions of the issuer’s ability to make such payments will cause the price of that security to decline. Credit risk should be very low for the fund because it invests primarily in securities that are considered to be of high quality.

**The yield quotation more closely reflects the current earnings of the fund than the total return quotation.

You could lose money by investing in the fund. Although the fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in the fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The fund’s sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the fund at any time.