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Couple Municipal investments-Best Municipal Bond Funds to Buy and Hold and myths w muni bonds

edited March 2021 in Fund Discussions

Taxable Municipals – Myths and Misperceptions
by Tony Tanner of Ivy Investments, 3/19/21

Taxable Municipal Bonds grabbed the attention of not only municipal bond market participants in 2020, but also of investors and financial professionals globally across the asset class landscape.

9 Best Municipal Bond Funds to Buy and Hold
Debbie Carlson

State and local governments are in good shape.

***Like other asset classes, the municipal bond market rebounded after the initial sell-off last year because of the pandemic. Amy Magnotta, co-head of discretionary portfolios at Brinker Capital Investments, says state and local governments "are actually in pretty good shape, surprisingly, despite the pandemic," noting most state revenues were roughly flat in 2020 versus 2019. With President Joe Biden's stimulus money and infrastructure plan, and the reopening of many states' economies, the fiscal situation for many state and local governments might be good as they get cash injections. However, she says, with interest rates so low, investors need to be careful what funds they choose. Here are nine muni bond funds to buy.

Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (ticker: VTEB)

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Todd Rosenbluth, director of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA, says exchange-traded fund VTEB is a good place for muni bond investors to start when building this part of their portfolio. The fund tracks the S&P Municipal Bond Index, which is made of investment-grade issues and diversified across states. VTEB's annual cost is 0.06%, which amounts to $6 for every $10,000 invested, one of the lowest among its peers. The fund is free from both federal income tax from the alternative minimum tax. The yield is 2%. "It's a great core part of the portfolio," Rosenbluth says.

Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund (BTMIX)

The municipal bond universe can be an inefficient asset class due to its large number of issuers, says Steven Saunders, director and portfolio advisor at Round Table Wealth Management, so his firm prefers to use actively managed funds where the managers can find relative value through security selection and yield-curve positioning. His pick is BTMIX, which "has demonstrated consistent value-add in these areas, and their short-duration strategy allows for defensive positioning in the event rates continue to rise." The fund has an annual cost of 0.3% and a yield of 1.5%.


PIMCO National Municipal Intermediate Value Fund (GNMVX)

Mark Mumford, director at Hollow Brook Wealth Management, says his firm looks for municipal bonds strategies that have a strong emphasis on credit quality and issuer diversification. GNMVX tries to limit swings in assets under management which can negatively affect a municipal bond strategy, he adds. The fund has a low annual fee of 0.39% and a yield of 1.67%, with an effective duration of 5.3 years. The fund seeks investment-grade bonds with higher yields using fundamental credit research. "Municipal markets can be inefficient, creating opportunities for experienced teams to find value in a low interest rate environment," Mumford says.

Northern Intermediate Tax-Exempt Fund (NOITX)

Magnotta says with rates low and a recent pickup in market volatility, she prefers active management and is focusing on investment-grade munis. She chooses NOITX, because she likes that it has an experienced team with a long tenure, holds high-quality issues and has a liquid portfolio. She notes the annual cost of 0.46% is below average. "This is a strategy that long term is a good balance in a portfolio," Magnotta says. This fund has more than $3 billion in assets under management, and the average credit quality in the fund is A-rated.***

Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (VTEB)

-- Baird Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund (BTMIX)

-- PIMCO National Municipal Intermediate Value Fund (GNMVX)

-- Northern Intermediate Tax-Exempt Fund (NOITX)

-- Nuveen Dynamic Municipal Opportunities Fund (NDMO)

-- VanEck Vectors High Yield Municipal Index ETF (HYD)

-- Nuveen High Yield Municipal Bond Fund (NHMRX)

-- Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund (FAARX)

-- Northern Arizona Tax-Exempt Fund (NOAZX)

Several good reasonable funds considered to be added here especially for capital Preservation and retirement accts/and inflation worries.
We do have HYD but may add some to Mama retired portfolio
Happy Saturday


  • Short-Duration HY Munis Remain Attractive Options For Rising Rates


    - Rising rates remain top-of-mind for income investors due to their ability to deliver portfolio losses.

    - The short-duration high-yield tax-exempt municipal sector remains one attractive option for rising rates on several fronts that we discuss in the article.

    - We also highlight a number of investment options in the space such as NVHAX, ISHAX and SHYD

    Our favorite pick in the sector remains the Nuveen Short Duration High Yield Municipal Bond Fund (NVHAX) with a 3.79% distribution yield.
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