Now in its fourth decade of providing tax-free income to yield-seeking investors, the Rochester team long ago lost count of how many pundits have described a news event as “the straw that will break the municipal bond market’s back.”
As long-term investors have seen, the $3.8 trillion muni market has remained an attractive source of tax-free income and has generally delivered handsome, long-term cumulative total returns. The long-term impact of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Steve Forbes’s recommendation for a flat tax, and the Bush tax cuts leads us to believe that the market will adjust to 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, too.
For more on the municipal bond market and the Rochester Way, read the 2017 Annual Overview.
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* A widely used index of the performance of the general municipal bond market, the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index includes a broad range of investment-grade municipal bonds and is unmanaged. The index cannot be purchased, and our funds’ investments are not limited to the investments comprising the index. The performance of the index includes reinvestment of income but does not reflect transaction costs, fees, expenses or taxes.
† Recession dates are set by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Below-investment grade (“high yield” or “junk”) bonds are more at risk of default and are subject to liquidity risk. Under certain market conditions, some unrated securities may trade less actively than rated securities. Our funds can have a relatively high portion of their portfolio holdings in particular segments of the municipal securities market, such as tobacco bonds or real-estate-related securities. They may also invest substantially in municipal securities within a single state or related to similar type projects, which can increase volatility and exposure to regional issues. Funds may also invest substantially in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, commonwealths and possessions, and could be exposed to their local political and economic conditions. Deterioration of the Puerto Rican economy could have an adverse impact on Puerto Rican bonds and the performance of the Rochester municipal funds that hold them. Diversification does not guarantee profit or protect against loss.
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Fixed-income investing can entail credit and interest rate risks; as interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall and a fund’s share price can fall, too. A portion of a municipal bond fund’s distributions may be subject to tax and may increase taxes for investors subject to federal alternative minimum tax. Capital gains distributions are taxable as capital gains.