Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value Fund

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NUW : NYSE : Financial
$19.03 | %
Today's Range: 19.01 - 19.24
Avg. Daily Volume: 32,000
08/26/16 - 4:02 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:07/31/2016
  • Price as of 07/31/2016 :$19.15
  • Net Assets:$228.95 Million
  • NAV:$17.65
  • Premium8.5%
  • Peer Rank:80 of 111
  • Investment Rating:B+
  • Performance:A
  • RiskB-
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We rate Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value at B+. Positive factors that influence this rating include a well above average total return, low price volatility and low expense structure. The fund invests approximately 92% of its assets in bonds and may be considered for investors seeking a Municipal - National strategy.


Total return ranks very high in comparison with peers over the last three years. The Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value has returned an annual rate of 8.68% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 8.93% in the last five years, 12.44% in the last three years, and 22.66% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 71% of them. It has also outpaced 90% of its competitors on a three year basis and 93% of them over the last year for the period ending 7/31/2016. On a year to date basis, NUW has returned 10.03%.

Downside risk has been below average. NUW has a draw down risk of -9.01%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 9.1%. This fund has had a low level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 7/31/2016, the fund was trading at a price of $19.15, which is 1.2% below its 52-week high of $19.39 and 4.8% above its 52-week low of $18.28.

Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $228.95 million, NUW maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Municipal - National peers of just 0.72% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As NUW is a closed end fund, it has no front end or back end load.

Manager tenure and performance record are net positives. Substandard fund managers tend to be replaced, so a long tenure is usually a good sign that a fund is achieving its objectives. The Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value has been managed by Thomas C. Spalding for the last 7 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than 54% of other fund managers.

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