Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value Fund

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$15.86 up 0.01 | 0.06%
Today's Range: 15.8 - 15.8758
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03/16/18 - 4:02 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:02/28/2018
  • Price as of 02/28/2018 :$16.11
  • Net Assets:$256.28 Million
  • NAV:$16.38
  • Premium-1.65%
  • Peer Rank:64 of 103
  • Investment Rating:C-
  • Performance:C-
  • RiskB-
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We rate Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value at C-. Positive factors that influence this rating include a 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 below peers over the last three years. The Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value has returned an annual rate of 5.99% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 2.80% in the last five years, 2.58% in the last three years, and 2.30% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 48% of them. It has also outpaced 40% of its competitors on a three year basis and 37% of them over the last year for the period ending 2/28/2018. On a year to date basis, NUW has returned -6.38%.

Downside risk has been below average. NUW has a draw down risk of -15.87%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 10.4%. This fund has had a low level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 2/28/2018, the fund was trading at a price of $16.11, which is 2.0% below its 52-week high of $16.44 and 1.6% above its 52-week low of $15.85.

Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $256.28 million, NUW maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Municipal - National peers of just 0.81% 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 lacks tenure and performance record lags managerial peers. 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 Daniel J. Close for only 2 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 41% of other fund managers.

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