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Intermediate Tax Free Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Intermediate Tax Free Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver a high level of income exempt from federal taxation by investing primarily in intermediate-term investment grade municipal bonds.

Yield

Dividend Yield 1 as of 06/18/2019  

w/o sales charge 2.66%
w/ sales charge 2.60%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 05/31/2019  

1.79%

Fund Basicsas of 05/31/2019

Total Net Assets
$4.31 B
Inception Date
06/30/2003
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Number of Holdings
894
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,000+

Expense Ratioas of 05/31/2019

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 06/30/2003
w/o sales charge 4.87% 6.31% 2.64% 3.15% 4.24% 3.86%
Lipper Category Avg. Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds 4.11% 5.21% 2.21% 2.57% 3.65% -
Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Yr. Municipal Index 3.97% 5.88% 2.57% 2.95% 3.80% 3.83%
w/ sales charge 2.46% 3.88% 1.88% 2.68% 4.00% 3.72%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 06/30/2003
w/o sales charge 2.98% 5.24% 2.29% 3.29% 4.35% 3.79%
Lipper Category Avg. Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds 2.57% 4.35% 1.93% 2.68% 3.75% -
Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Yr. Municipal Index 2.52% 5.09% 2.31% 3.05% 3.84% 3.78%
w/ sales charge 0.61% 2.91% 1.52% 2.82% 4.11% 3.64%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

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Sector Assets
IDR/PCR
Transportation
Healthcare/Hospital
GO Local
Lease
GO State
Education
Special Tax
Power
Water & Sewer
Pre-Refunded
VRDN
Housing
Resource Recovery
Other
Insured
Maturity Assets
<1 Year
1-3 Years
3-5 Years
5-7 Years
7-9 Years
9-12 Years
12-15 Years
15-18 Years
18-25 Years
25-30 Years
30+ Years

CREDIT QUALITY DISTRIBUTION as of 05/31/2019 View Portfolio

Rating Assets
A-1/MIG1
A-2/MIG2
AAA
AA
A
BBB
< BBB
Not Rated

INVESTMENT TEAM

Daniel S. Solender
Daniel S. Solender, CFA

Partner & Director

32 Years of Industry Experience

Daniel T. Vande Velde
Daniel T. Vande Velde

Partner & Portfolio Manager

29 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 15 Investment Professionals with 11 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Dividend Yield 1 as of 06/18/2019  

w/o sales charge 2.66%
w/ sales charge 2.60%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 05/31/2019  

  Subsidized5 Un-Subsidized6
w/o sales charge 1.79% 1.79%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 06/30/2003
w/o sales charge 4.87% 6.31% 2.64% 3.15% 4.24% 3.86%
Lipper Category Avg. Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds 4.11% 5.21% 2.21% 2.57% 3.65% -
Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Yr. Municipal Index 3.97% 5.88% 2.57% 2.95% 3.80% 3.83%
w/ sales charge 2.46% 3.88% 1.88% 2.68% 4.00% 3.72%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 06/30/2003
w/o sales charge 2.98% 5.24% 2.29% 3.29% 4.35% 3.79%
Lipper Category Avg. Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds 2.57% 4.35% 1.93% 2.68% 3.75% -
Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Yr. Municipal Index 2.52% 5.09% 2.31% 3.05% 3.84% 3.78%
w/ sales charge 0.61% 2.91% 1.52% 2.82% 4.11% 3.64%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.70%

Year Fund Returns Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Yr. Municipal Index
2018 1.13% 1.58%
2017 5.08% 4.33%
2016 -0.64% 0.01%
2015 2.86% 2.83%
2014 8.35% 6.36%
2013 -2.82% -1.05%
2012 6.40% 4.74%
2011 9.87% 8.80%
2010 3.49% 2.97%
2009 12.09% 8.88%
2008 -0.40% -
2007 3.44% -
2006 3.91% -
2005 1.50% -
2004 2.29% -
2003 1.16% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2019 2.98% - - - 5.11%
2018 -1.04% 1.02% -0.01% 1.17% 1.13%
2017 1.70% 1.84% 1.22% 0.24% 5.08%
2016 1.60% 2.28% 0.05% -4.43% -0.64%
2015 1.14% -1.15% 1.36% 1.50% 2.86%
2014 3.10% 2.37% 1.48% 1.17% 8.35%
2013 0.64% -3.29% -0.16% -0.01% -2.82%
2012 1.53% 1.78% 2.09% 0.85% 6.40%
2011 0.39% 3.79% 2.98% 2.40% 9.87%
2010 1.75% 1.95% 3.37% -3.48% 3.49%
2009 4.33% 1.79% 6.55% -0.94% 12.09%
2008 0.77% 0.04% -1.49% 0.31% -0.40%
2007 0.71% -0.77% 2.34% 1.14% 3.44%
2006 -0.16% -0.21% 3.44% 0.82% 3.91%
2005 -0.88% 2.24% -0.42% 0.58% 1.50%
2004 1.14% -2.23% 2.98% 0.45% 2.29%
2003 - - 0.16% 0.99% 1.16%

Growth of $10,000 as of 05/31/2019

NAV Historical Prices

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Portfolio

Portfolio

PORTFOLIO BREAKDOWN as of 05/31/2019

Sector Assets
IDR/PCR
Transportation
Healthcare/Hospital
GO Local
Lease
GO State
Education
Special Tax
Power
Water & Sewer
Pre-Refunded
VRDN
Housing
Resource Recovery
Other
Insured

PORTFOLIO BREAKDOWN as of 05/31/2019

Maturity Assets
<1 Year
1-3 Years
3-5 Years
5-7 Years
7-9 Years
9-12 Years
12-15 Years
15-18 Years
18-25 Years
25-30 Years
30+ Years

PORTFOLIO BREAKDOWN as of 05/31/2019

Rating Assets
CA
NY
IL
TX
NJ
PA
FL
AZ
OH
GA
MA
CT
KY
IN
LA
VA
MI
Puerto Rico
TN
AL
NC
WA
MN
CO
NV
WI
IA
HI
UT
NE
OR
OK
MO
SC
WV
MD
AK
RI
NM
AR
DC
ID
KS
ME
MS
NH
SD
Other U.S. Territories
VT

Credit QUALITY DISTRIBUTION as of 05/31/2019

Rating Assets
A-1/MIG1
A-2/MIG2
AAA
AA
A
BBB
< BBB
Not Rated

Portfolio Positioning as of 03/31/2019

  • The portfolio has an overweight in lower rated investment grade bonds, relative to its benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Year Municipal Index, due to improving overall credit quality and relatively attractive credit spreads.
  • The portfolio continues to overweight revenue bonds, specifically in the transportation, health care, and industrial development sectors, given their favorable return prospects.
  • The portfolio’s duration is slightly longer than that of its benchmark given its overweight to bond’s with durations longer than 7 years.

Portfolio Details as of 05/31/2019

Total Net Assets
$4.31 B
Number of Issues
894
Average Coupon
4.9%
Average Effective Maturity
9.7 Years
Average Effective Duration
5.16 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 06/18/2019
$0.125
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 05/31/2019 $0.02450 $11.04
Daily Daily 04/30/2019 $0.02501 $10.90
Daily Daily 03/31/2019 $0.02457 $10.89
Daily Daily 02/28/2019 $0.02691 $10.75
Daily Daily 01/31/2019 $0.02459 $10.70

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

This section lists all anticipated income and Capital Gain distribution dates and any actual distributions are subject to adequacy of earnings and must be approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
Daily Daily 06/30/2019
Daily Daily 07/31/2019
Daily Daily 08/31/2019
Daily Daily 09/30/2019
Daily Daily 10/31/2019
Daily Daily 11/30/2019
Daily Daily 12/31/2019

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
12/20/2016 12/21/2016 $0.0039 - $0.0039 $10.51

Upcoming Capital Gain Distribution

This section lists all anticipated income and Capital Gain distribution dates and any actual distributions are subject to adequacy of earnings and must be approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date
12/19/2019 12/20/2019

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Sales Charge Schedule as of 06/18/2019

  Sales Charge Dealer's Concession Prices at Breakpoint
Less than $100,000 2.25% 2.00% $11.30
$100,000 to $249,999 1.75% 1.50% $11.25
$250,000 to $499,999 1.25% 1.00% $11.19
$500,000 to $999,999 0.00% 1.00% $11.05
$1,000,000 to $5,000,000 0.00% 1.00% $11.05

Expense Ratioas of 05/31/2019

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Class A  Except as noted below, returns with sales charges reflect a maximum sales charge of 5.75% for equity funds, 2.25% for all tax-free income funds, fixed income funds and multi-asset class funds. There are also ongoing 12b-1 service fees (and, in certain cases, distribution fees).

Class A Shares purchased subject to a front-end sales charge have no contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). However, certain purchases of Class A shares made without a front-end sales charge may be subject to a CDSC of 1% if the shares are redeemed before the first day of the month in which the one year anniversary of the purchase falls. The CDSC is not reflected in the performance with maximum sales charge.

The Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Year Municipal Bond index is the 1-15 year component of the Municipal Bond index. The Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index is a rules-based, market-value-weighted index engineered for the long-term tax-exempt bond market. The index is a broad measure of the municipal bond market with maturities of at least one year.  To be included in the index, bonds must be rated investment-grade (Baa3/BBB- or higher) by at least two of the following ratings agencies: Moody's, S&P, Fitch. If only two of the three agencies rate the security, the lower rating is used to determine index eligibility. If only one of the three agencies rates a security, the rating must be investment-grade. They must have an outstanding par value of at least $7 million and be issued as part of a transaction of at least $75 million. The bonds must be fixed rate, have a dated-date after December 31, 1990, and must be at least one year from their maturity date.

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