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5 ETFs to Buy for 2013

Recession-proof ETFs will be the way to go

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Vanguard REIT ETF

Vanguard mutual funds 401(k)When there’s a recession on, and with inflation, you want to be in real estate. This hard asset is the best thing you can hold for the long-term in any event, but especially given the economic conditions we’re facing.

I like the Vanguard REIT ETF (NYSE:VNQ) because it aims to mirror the MSCI US REIT Index, which itself represents about 85% of all U.S. REITs.

The fund has a tiny expense ratio and a healthy yield — a great combination — and VNQ’s top 10 holdings make up about half of the portfolio, which is good because those top 10 holdings are the most solid REITs the market has to offer. These include some of my favorites like Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) and Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR).

Expenses: 0.1%
Yield: 3.41%

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