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Intermediate Tax-Efficient Strategy

The Intermediate Tax-Efficient Strategy is an investment grade, intermediate duration municipal bond portfolio that seeks to maximize after-tax income and preserve capital.

Government Credit
Core Government Credit

Maturity Based


Allocations to taxable municipal, corporate, Treasury and agency bonds may also be considered based on a client’s tax rate. Managed in a separate account, the strategy employs active management, bottom-up credit research, opportunistic trading and proactive portfolio structuring. Customizations are available by benchmark, maturity, duration, credit quality, tax status and state.

Investment Objective

Maximize after-tax income and preserve capital

Eligible Investments

Tax-exempt Municipal Bonds (strategic)

Taxable Municipal Bonds (tactical)

Corporate Bonds (tactical)

U.S. Treasury Securities (tactical)

Strategy Information

Inception Date: July 1994

Strategy AUM: $11.4 billion

Benchmark: BBG Barc Muni 1-10 Yr Blend

Portfolio Characteristics

Average Maturity 5.33 years

Average Duration 4.17 years

Average Credit Rating AA

Average Yield to Worst 2.40%

Average Coupon 4.86%

Average Annual Turnover 10-20%

Rating Distribution

AAA 13.9%

AA 71.1%

A 13.0%

BBB 0.1%

Unrated 1.0%

Cash 1.1%

Sector Distribution

Local GO 30.5%

Dedicated Tax 11.6%

Water/Sewer Revenue 10.4%

Transportation Revenue 9.4%

State GO 8.8%

Lease Revenue 6.9%

Prerefunded 6.5%

University 5.1%

Electric Revenue 5.0%

Other 4.9%

Cash 1.1%

The information above is current as of 9/30/18. Characteristics provided are representative of fully invested portfolios managed to this strategy and are intended to illustrate general strategy information. These characteristics are subject to change given market conditions and client objectives. Actual portfolios may vary.