Best Fit Municipal Debt Funds

Municipal ETFs invest in the debt issued by state and local governments to fund public works projects. Broadly, their income is free from federal taxes and sometimes state taxes if investors reside in the state in which the debt is issued. These funds are typically seen as some of the safest available because many are backed by the full faith and credit of a particular municipality.

All ranked ETFs meet our Best Fit criteria.

Market Vectors Municipal Bond Closed-End Fund ETF (XMPT)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 12.51% Avg. Volume: 10,043
Fees: 1.43% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Market Vectors Municipal Bond Closed-End Fund Index

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Market Vectors Pre-Refunded Municipal Index ETF (PRB)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.82% Avg. Volume: 4,998
Fees: 0.24% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital Municipal Pre-Refunded Treasury-Escrowed Index

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Market Vectors Short High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (SHYD)

Asset Class: Equity

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Performance (YTD): 0.00% Avg. Volume: 48,922
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Municipal High Yield Short Duration Index

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Market Vectors Short Municipal Index ETF (SMB)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.86% Avg. Volume: 46,625
Fees: 0.20% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital AMT-Free Short Continuous Municipal Index

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PIMCO Build America Bond Exchange-Traded Fund (BABZ)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 12.30% Avg. Volume: 1,900
Fees: 0.45% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Not applicable

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PIMCO Intermediate Municipal Bond Exchange-Traded Fund (MUNI)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 3.79% Avg. Volume: 15,402
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Not applicable

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PIMCO Short Term Municipal Bond Exchange-Traded Fund (SMMU)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.79% Avg. Volume: 7,469
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital 1-3 Year Municipal Bond Index

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PowerShares California AMT-Free Municipal Bond Portfolio (PWZ)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 10.33% Avg. Volume: 16,428
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: BofA Merrill Lynch California Long-Term Core Plus Municipal Securities Index

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PowerShares National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Portfolio (PZA)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 10.44% Avg. Volume: 124,269
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: BofA Merrill Lynch National Long-Term Core Plus Municipal Securities Index

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PowerShares VRDO Tax-Free Weekly Portfolio (PVI)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.04% Avg. Volume: 33,205
Fees: 0.25% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Thompson Municipal Market Data VRDO Index

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Top Performing Municipal Debt Funds As of 07.03.2014

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