Municipal bonds: A solid option for capturing yield at reasonable risk
June 27, 2014
The views expressed represent the Manager's assessment of the market environment as of June 2014, and should not be considered a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell any security, and should not be relied on as research or investment advice. Views are subject to change without notice and may not reflect the Manager's views.
Carefully consider the Funds' investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds' prospectuses and their summary prospectuses, which may be obtained by visiting the fund literature page or calling 800 523-1918. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.
IMPORTANT RISK CONSIDERATIONS
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.
Fixed income securities can lose value, and investors can lose principal, as interest rates rise. They also may be affected by economic conditions that hinder a issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments on its debt.
Fixed income securities may also be subject to prepayment risk, the risk that the principal of a fixed income security may be prepaid prior to maturity, potentially forcing the investor to reinvest that money at a lower interest rate. Securities in the lowest of the rating categories considered to be investment grade (that is, Baa or BBB) have some speculative characteristics.
High yielding, non-investment-grade bonds (junk bonds) involve higher risk than investment grade bonds.
The high yield secondary market is particularly susceptible to liquidity problems when institutional investors, such as mutual funds and certain other financial institutions, temporarily stop buying bonds for regulatory, financial, or other reasons. In addition, a less liquid secondary market makes it more difficult for the Fund to obtain precise valuations of the high yield securities in its portfolio.
Substantially all dividend income derived from tax-free funds is exempt from federal income tax. Some income may be subject to state or local taxes and/or the federal alternative minimum tax (AMT) that applies to certain investors. Capital gains, if any, are taxable.
Funds that invest primarily in one state may be more susceptible to the economic, regulatory, and other factors of that state than a fund that invests more broadly. Substantially all dividend income derived from tax-free funds is exempt from federal income tax. Capital gains, if any, are taxable. Some income may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax that applies to certain investors.
Diversification may not protect against market risk.
A bottom-up approach to investing primarily considers factors affecting individual companies and secondarily focuses on industries and economic trends.
Bonds are rated by nationally recognized statistical rating agencies that include Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service, and Fitch, Inc. Bonds rated AAA represent highest quality; however, the security’s credit rating does not eliminate risk.
This material is not intended to be construed as tax advice. Consult your tax advisor to discuss your personal tax circumstances.