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.

iShares 2019 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (MUAH)

Asset Class: Equity

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Performance (YTD): 0.00% Avg. Volume: 9,664
Fees: 0.30% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series 2019 Index

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Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETF (MLN)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 9.05% Avg. Volume: 29,826
Fees: 0.24% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital AMT-Free Long Municipal Index

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

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 9.97% Avg. Volume: 11,098
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): 1.03% Avg. Volume: 6,255
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: 29,038
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Municipal High Yield Short Duration Index

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PIMCO Build America Bond Exchange-Traded Fund (BABZ)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 7.06% Avg. Volume: 1,728
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): 3.00% Avg. Volume: 41,844
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): 0.42% Avg. Volume: 9,702
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital 1-3 Year Municipal Bond Index

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PowerShares Insured California Municipal Bond Portfolio (PWZ)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 7.91% Avg. Volume: 22,676
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: BofA Merrill Lynch California Insured Long-Term Core 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: 44,240
Fees: 0.25% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Thompson Municipal Market Data VRDO Index

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Top Performing Municipal Debt Funds As of 04.22.2014

iShares California AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (CMF)

Total Return: 1.50%

iShares 2018 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (MUAG)

Total Return: 1.44%

iShares 2016 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (MUAE)

Total Return: 0.71%

* Annualized