Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value Fund

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NUW : NYSE : Financial
$17.34 up 0.01 | 0.058%
Today's Range: 17.3 - 17.4
Avg. Daily Volume: 26500.0
09/21/17 - 3:56 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:08/31/2017
  • Price as of 08/31/2017 :$17.24
  • Net Assets:$247.39 Million
  • NAV:$17.08
  • Premium0.94%
  • Peer Rank:70 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 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 6.80% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 3.80% in the last five years, 6.06% in the last three years, and -4.21% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 46% of them. It has also outpaced 77% of its competitors on a three year basis and 12% of them over the last year for the period ending 8/31/2017. On a year to date basis, NUW has returned 8.96%.

Downside risk has been below average. NUW has a draw down risk of -15.56%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 9.9%. This fund has had a low level of volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 8/31/2017, the fund was trading at a price of $17.24, which is 1.8% below its 52-week high of $17.55 and 1.7% above its 52-week low of $16.95.

Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $247.39 million, NUW maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Municipal - National peers of just 0.71% 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 1 year. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than just 50% of other fund managers.

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