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  • Making News

    InvestmentNews: Muni Bond Fund Rebound Appears to Have Legs


    3/13/14: InvestmentNews’ Carol O’Donnell suggests that municipal bonds may be worthwhile for investors to examine despite poor performance during 2013. According to James Colby, municipal bond supply is normalizing and “The question is whether demand is healthy enough to absorb these additional sales without a drop in price.”

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    The WSJ: Detroit Rattles Muni Market


    8/07/13: In light of Detroit’s recent default, The Wall Street Journal considers the wider implications of replacing older bonds with new ones that have different terms, as the city’s emergency manager suggests doing. James Colby opines, “You really break the foundation of debt markets if municipalities can freely restructure their obligations.”

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    ETF Trends: Sell-Off in Municipal Bond ETFs May be Overdone


    6/18/13: Tom Lydon considers the shift some investors have made away from municipal bond ETFs due to anxiety about higher interest rates. It may be an “overreaction,” he writes. Lydon suggests investing in SMB and consults James Colby, who contends that “muni bonds offer attractive taxable equivalent yields.”

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    WSJ: Should You Buy Taxable Muni Bonds?


    06/05/13: According to The Wall Street Journal, institutional investors and mutual funds that can’t capitalize on tax breaks are buying taxable munis, but MV’s James Colby says, “I don’t doubt for a moment that some of these bonds are finding their way into individual accounts.”

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Long Municipal Index ETF MLN

  • Full Name: Market Vectors®
    Long Municipal Index ETF (MLN)

    Management Style: Sampling

    Underlying Index: The Barclays AMT-Free Long Continuous Municipal Index (LMT3TR)

    Index Description: LMT3TR is a market value weighted index designed to replicate the price movements of long-duration bonds with a nominal maturity of 17 years or more.

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    • Fund Ticker

      MLN
    • Exchange

      NYSE Arca
    • Index Total Return Ticker

      LMT3TR
    • Index Provider

      Barclays
    • Total Net Assets

      $76.5M
    • Shares Outstanding

      4,050,000
    • Number of Holdings

      143
    • Commencement Date

      01/02/2008
  •  
    as of 04/22/14

  • Index Key Points

    The Barclays AMT-Free Long Continuous Municipal Index (LMT3TR) is comprised of: 

    Four main sectors: general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, insured bonds and pre-refunded bonds.

    Issues eligible for inclusion in Index:   

    • Have a nominal maturity of 17+ years.
    • Have a dated-date within the last 5 years.
    • Rated investment grade.
    • AMT-free.
    • Have an outstanding par value of at least $7 million.
    • Issued as part of a transaction of at least $75 million.
    • Fixed rate.

    Index Provider: Barclays

  • Index Profile
     

    • Ticker

      LMT3TR
    • Inception Date

      11/05/2007
    • Rebalance Frequency

      Monthly
  • Index Fundamentals4
    as of 04/21/14

    • Yield to Worst

      4.01%
    • Yield to Maturity

      4.62%
    • Effective Duration (yrs)

      13.42
    • Modified Duration (yrs)

      13.70
    • Duration to Worst (yrs)

      7.28
    • Spread Duration (yrs)

      8.89
    • Years to Maturity

      24.75
    • Coupon

      4.87%
     4 See Important Disclosure for definitions.
  • Top 10 Constituents (%) as of 03/31/14

    Total Constituents: 5380
    Constituent Name
    Coupon
    Maturity Weighting (%)
    California State
    6.000
    04/01/2038
    0.55
    California State
    6.000
    04/01/2033
    0.53
    CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE CMNTYS DE
    5.000
    04/01/2042
    0.34
    PUERTO RICO SALES TAX FING COR
    6.000
    08/01/2042
    0.33
    MA Health & Edl
    5.000
    11/15/2036
    0.32
    HUDSON YDS INFRASTRUCTURE CORP
    5.000
    02/15/2047
    0.27
    California State
    5.000
    04/01/2031
    0.27
    CALIFORNIA ST
    6.000
    11/01/2039
    0.27
    GRAND PARKWAY TRANSN CORP TEX
    5.000
    10/01/2051
    0.23
    CALIFORNIA ST
    5.000
    04/01/2043
    0.22
    Top 10 Total (%) 3.33
    These are not recommendations to buy or to sell any security. Securities and holdings may vary.
  • Index Geographical Weightings (%)
    as of 03/31/14

    • State

      % of Net Assets
    • CA

      19.6
    • NY

      16.1
    • TX

      9.3
    • IL

      5.0
    • FL

      4.7
    • PA

      4.2
    • MA

      3.8
    • NJ

      3.0
    • OH

      2.7
    • WA

      2.7
    • PR

      2.6
    • GA

      2.0
    • CO

      1.8
    • WI

      1.5
    • VA

      1.4
    • NC

      1.3
    • SC

      1.3
    • IN

      1.3
    • LA

      1.2
    • MI

      1.2
    • Total

      86.7
  • Index Sector Weightings (%)
    as of 03/31/14

    • Sector

      % of Net Assets
    • Transportation

      18.1
    • Health Care Facilities

      17.1
    • Special Tax

      11.6
    • Water Utilities

      11.4
    • State General

      10.6
    • Education

      8.5
    • Local General

      8.4
    • Power Utilities

      4.7
    • Leasing

      4.6
    • IDR/PCR

      3.3
    • Housing

      1.4
    • Resource Recovery

      0.2
    • Total

      99.9
  • Index Credit Quality (%)
    as of 03/31/14

    Composite % of Net Assets
    AAA 7.33
    AA 46.27
    A 39.70
    BAA 6.71
    Barclays Composite Rating: A blend of a security's Moody's, S&P, and Fitch ratings. If all three agencies rate the security, the middle rating is taken. If only two agencies rate a security, the lower rating is taken. If only one agency rates a security, that rating is used. Not rated indicates that a security is rated by fewer than one of the three rating agencies. This composite is not intended to be a credit opinion.
  • Maturity (%) as of 03/31/14

    Average Maturity: 24.76 Years