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  • Municipal Bonds

    August 18, 2021

    Lower Yields and Potential for Increased Taxes Propel MAAX Higher

    by David Schassler, Portfolio Manager and Head of Portfolio and Quantitative Investment Solutions, VanEck

    MAAX continues to benefit from the stability in the municipal bond market and has outperformed its benchmark over the past 12 months.

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    Municipal Bonds

    August 13, 2021

    High Yield Municipal Bonds Hold Strong Despite Defaults

    by Tamara Lowin, Senior Municipal Research Analyst

    While high yield municipal market default rates were elevated in 2020 and so far in 2021, a closer look offers a more encouraging picture.

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    Municipal Bonds

    July 21, 2021

    MAAX Reacts to Inflation Fears

    by David Schassler, Portfolio Manager and Head of Portfolio and Quantitative Investment Solutions, VanEck

    MAAX once again outperformed its benchmark year-to-date, while the municipal fixed income markets performed strongly in June due to falling interest rates and continued economic strength.

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    Municipal Bonds

    June 23, 2021

    MAAX Diversifies into Closed-End Funds

    by David Schassler, Portfolio Manager and Head of Portfolio and Quantitative Investment Solutions, VanEck

    MAAX continues to outperform its benchmark year-to-date as it focuses on duration management while remaining well situated to navigate an inflationary environment due to its ability to reduce duration risks as necessary.

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    Municipal Bonds

    May 25, 2021

    High Yield Munis and the Tax Debate

    by Jim Colby, Portfolio Manager and Strategist, Municipal Bonds

    As tax proposals are debated, we explore the potential impact of resulting tax legislation and how investors can position their portfolios accordingly.

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    Municipal Bonds

    May 14, 2021

    MAAX Adds to Duration and it Rallies

    by David Schassler, Portfolio Manager and Head of Portfolio and Quantitative Investment Solutions, VanEck

    Stabilizing interest rates provide MAAX with the opportunity to benefit from the higher yields associated with longer-duration bonds.

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    Municipal Bonds

    May 10, 2021

    Rising Tide Lifts Municipal Bonds

    by Jim Colby, Portfolio Manager and Strategist, Municipal Bonds

    As municipal bonds continue to recover we explore three key trends that we believe are supportive to the asset class.

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    Municipal Bonds

    April 15, 2021

    MAAX Adds to Duration as Bond Yields Attempt to Stabilize

    by David Schassler, Portfolio Manager and Head of Portfolio and Quantitative Investment Solutions, VanEck

    MAAX reduces exposure to short-duration bonds and reallocates to long-duration bonds based on stabilizing interest rates.

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    Municipal Bonds

    March 11, 2021

    MAAX Cuts Duration as Bond Yields Surge

    by David Schassler, Portfolio Manager and Head of Portfolio and Quantitative Investment Solutions, VanEck

    MAAX responds to higher interest rate risk by selling a portion of the Fund’s long duration bonds and reallocating those proceeds to short duration bonds.

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    Municipal Bonds

    February 17, 2021

    High Yield Munis Benefit from Anticipated Fiscal Support

    by David Schassler, Portfolio Manager and Head of Portfolio and Quantitative Investment Solutions, VanEck

    Anticipation of higher taxes and more federal support to state and local governments drives demand for municipal bonds.

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