Top Performer Municipal Bond ETFs December 2012

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The 10 top performer municipal bond ETFs December 2012 are Market Vectors High-Yield Muni ETF, SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond, etc.

Top Performer Municipal Bond ETF 2012Best Performing Muni Bond ETFs

Exchange Traded Funds or ETFs have gaining popularity among investors. Unlike mutual fund, they provide opportunity to invest and trade like stocks. You can buy ETFs from your brokerage. One of the popular ETF categories is municipal bond ETF.

The municipal bond ETF invests mainly in municipal bond either investment grade muni or high yield municipal. This fund provide tax free yield for investors. Typically it also has lower risk than other bond or stock ETF.

These top performer muni bond ETFs are sorted based on its YTD return. You may find other information such as expense ratio fee, portfolio turnover rate, management or index approach, performance, etc. You can find the fund review and comparison below.

The 10 top performer municipal bond ETFs up to December 2012 are:
  1. Market Vectors High-Yield Muni ETF (HYD)
  2. SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond (HYMB)
  3. Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETF (XMPT)
  4. Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETF (MLN)
  5. PowerShares Insured National Muni Bond (PZA)
  6. SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital CA Muni Bond (CXA)
  7. PowerShares Insured California Muni Bond (PWZ)
  8. PowerShares Insured New York Muni Bond (PZT)
  9. iShares S&P CA AMT-Free Municipal Bond (CMF)
  10. SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital NY Muni Bond (INY)
Updated on 12/21/2012

Market Vectors High-Yield Muni ETFMarket Vectors High-Yield Muni ETF (NYSE: HYD)

Market Vectors High-Yield Municipal Index ETF objective is to replicate the performance of the Barclays Capital Municipal Custom High Yield Composite Index (LMEHTR). It utilizes its assets to purchase a portfolio of non-investment grade municipal bonds (75%) and investment grade muni bonds (25%). As part of Van Eck fund family, this top performer in muni bond ETF has total net assets of $1.04 billion. It has annual expense ratio of 0.35%. The current fund yield is 4.89%.

Top Performer Municipal Bond CEFs July 2012

Ranked with 4 star rating by Morningstar, this top performer municipal bond ETF has YTD return of 17.84%. The fund has effective duration of 10.31 years and average maturity of 22.92 years. The current shares price is $31.94 (12/16/2012).

As of December 07, 2012, this fund has a total of 304 holdings. The top holdings are Overland PK DEV-REF B (2.97%) and Golden TOB SR-A-1 (2.11%). The top sector breakdown is Industrial Revenue (36.85%) and Health Care (32.06%). California (9.49%), New York (8.69%) and Texas (8.10%) are the top geographic breakdown.

SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond (HYMB)

SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond FundThis SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond fund invests mainly in US high yield municipal bond market and to provide income that is exempt from federal income taxes. The fund uses the S&P Municipal Yield Index as its benchmark. The tax free dividend yield is 4.83% and is distributed on monthly basis. Its total net assets are $183.96 million. The annual expense ratio is 0.45%.

Best Performing Municipal Bond Mutual Funds 2012

This best performing high yield muni bond has average maturity of 21.86 years. It has year-to-date return of 17.76%. Since its inception, it has returned 17.00%. The top 2 holdings as of December 07, 2012 are Golden St Tobacco Securitizati (1.98%) and Tobacco Settlement Fing Corp (1.41%). The top states are California (18.69%), Florida (7.73%) and Ohio (7.16%).

Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETF (XMPT)

The investment aim of Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETF is seeking to replicate the price and yield performance of the S-Network Municipal Bond Closed-End Fund Index (CEFMX). This muni national long ETF fund has total net assets of $14.71 million. It has 30-day SEC Yield of 5.09%. The fund has YTD return of 17.46%. Since this fund has just been incepted in 2011, it has no Morningstar rating yet.

It has total of 75 holdings as of December 07, 2012. The top holdings are Nuveen Municipal Value Fund (5.75%), Nuveen Industrial Muni Opportunity (5.06%), Nuveen Premium Inc Muni Fund (3.44%) and Muni Performance Plus Muni (3.06%).

Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETF (MLN)

Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETFAs part of Van Eck ETFs, Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETF uses its assets to buy long-duration municipal bonds. It tracks the performance of the Barclays Capital AMT-Free Long Continuous Municipal Index (LMT3TR). Its total expense ratio is 0.24%.

Morningstar rated this fund with the highest rating (5-stars rating). It has 12-month dividend yield of 3.79%. The dividend is distributed on monthly basis while the capital gains are distributed annually. It has total net assets of $106.57 million.

YTD Top Performer Muni Bond ETFs July 2012

This top performer municipal bond ETF has average maturity of 24.38 years. It also has 13.52% of YTD return. The top holdings are California ST-REF (2.66%), California State Health Facs-A (1.82%), Monroeville Financial Authority (1.70%) and Long Island PWR-A (1.66%).

PowerShares Insured National Muni Bond (PZA)

PowerShares Insured National Municipal Bond fund is part of Invesco ETFs offering. It invests majority of its assets in investment-grade, insured, tax-exempt debt publicly issued by U.S. municipalities in the U.S. domestic market. It has expense ratio of 14.9%. This fund has 3-stars rating from Morningstar. And the effective duration is 11.86 years. The fund CUSIP # is 73936T474

The top holdings as per the 2012 third quarter report are Puerto Rico Commonwealth (5.48%), Chicago IL Wastewater Trans Rev (3.27%) and W Contra Costa CA Unif School Dist. (3.09%). The top 2 state allocations are California (16.26%) and Florida (10.20%).

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Fund Performance

NoFund DescriptionTickerYTD Return %Expense RatioRating
1Market Vectors High-Yield Muni ETFHYD17.8420.124
2SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal BdHYMB17.7619.75N/A
3Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETFXMPT17.4621.33N/A
4Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETFMLN13.5216.195
5PowerShares Insured National Muni BondPZA12.114.93
6SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital CA Muni BdCXA11.0313.994
7PowerShares Insured California Muni BondPWZ10.5212.743
8PowerShares Insured New York Muni BondPZT9.8112.243
9iShares S&P CA AMT-Free Municipal BdCMF9.5111.893
10SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital NY Muni BdINY8.711.194

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