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Income Investing Insights

To help investors stay informed in an ever-changing interest rate environment, we offer monthly commentary on income investing, covering the latest news, trends and investment opportunities.

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Prior to September 1, 2020, the Municipal Income funds were known as the VanEck AMT-Free Short Municipal Index ETF, VanEck AMT-Free Intermediate Municipal Index ETF, VanEck AMT-Free Long Municipal Index ETF, VanEck Short High-Yield Municipal Index ETF, VanEck High-Yield Municipal Index ETF, and the VanEck Municipal Allocation ETF.

Investment category index representation: U.S. Aggregate represents the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index, U.S. High Yield Corporates represents the ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Master Index, Global High Yield Corporates represents the ICE BofAML Global High Yield Index, EM USD High Yield Aggregate represents the Bloomberg Barclays EM Aggregate High Yield Index, EM USD High Yield + IG Corps represents the ICE BofAML EM Liquid Corp Plus Index, EM Local Currency Sovereigns represents the JPM GBI EM Global Diversified Index, EM USD Sovereigns represents the JPM EMBI Global Diversified Index, U.S. Corporates represents the Bloomberg Barclays US Corp Index, U.S. REITs represents the ICE BofAML U.S. REIT Index, Global Aggregate represents the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index, TIPS represents the Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury TIPS Index, Municipals represents the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Index, High Yield Municipals represents the Bloomberg Barclays HY Muni Index, 10 Year Treasuries represents the Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury 10 Yr Index, Preferred Securities represents the ICE BofAML Preferreds Index, U.S. Dividend Stocks represents the DJ U.S. Select Dividend Index.

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs, including possible loss of money. Shares are not actively managed and are subject to risks similar to those of stocks, including those regarding short selling and margin maintenance requirements. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply. Debt securities carry interest rate and credit risk. Interest rate risk refers to the risk that bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise and vice versa. Credit risk is the risk of loss on an investment due to the deterioration of an issuer's financial health. High-yield, municipal securities and emerging markets securities have additional risks. Some of the underlying securities of some Funds may be subject to call risk, which may result in the Funds having to reinvest the proceeds at lower interest rates, resulting in a decline in the Funds' income. Please see the prospectus of each Fund for more complete information regarding each Fund's specific risks.

Investing involves substantial risk and high volatility, including possible loss of principal. Bonds and bond funds will decrease in value as interest rates rise. An investor should consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of a Fund carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus, which contain this and other information, call 800.826.2333 or visit vaneck.com. Please read the prospectus and summary prospectus carefully before investing.

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