Many investors are discovering an innovative way to invest in tax-free municipal bonds. Defined-Maturity Funds (DMFs) focusing on muni bonds are funds that mature at predetermined dates and seek to provide federally tax-exempt monthly income.

The key benefits of DMFs:

  • Mature like bonds while offering monthly interest payments.
  • Diversification and low cost of an investment fund.
  • Ease of trading and daily liquidity. They can be sold at any time.
  • Easily laddered with yearly options.

A laddered bond portfolio takes individual bonds maturing in different years to build a portfolio that consistently provides matured proceeds, a helpful feature for many investors. While the principal returned at a DMF’s maturity varies from the original investment because of inflows and outflows into the fund, the difference will generally be lower than potential changes in a typical investment fund without a defined-maturity date.

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