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.

SPDR Nuveen Barclays Build American Bond ETF (BABS)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 9.02% Avg. Volume: 4,910
Fees: 0.35% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital Build America Bond Index

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SPDR Nuveen Barclays California Municipal Bond ETF (CXA)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 6.52% Avg. Volume: 14,559
Fees: 0.20% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital Managed Money Municipal California Index

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SPDR Nuveen Barclays New York Municipal Bond ETF (INY)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 5.77% Avg. Volume: 3,997
Fees: 0.20% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: BarCap MM New York Total Return Index Value Unhedged USD

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SPDR S&P VRDO Municipal Bond ETF (VRD)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.07% Avg. Volume: 15,717
Fees: 0.20% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond 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