Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value Fund

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NUW : NYSE : Financial
$17.43 -0.02 | -0.11%
Today's Range: 17.37 - 17.46
Avg. Daily Volume: 36,500
10/25/16 - 4:03 PM ET
  • Last Ratings Update:09/30/2016
  • Price as of 09/30/2016 :$18.84
  • Net Assets:$228.95 Million
  • NAV:$17.49
  • Premium7.72%
  • Peer Rank:70 of 104
  • Investment Rating:A-
  • Performance:A-
  • RiskB-
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We rate Nuveen AMT-Free Municipal Value at A-. 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 8.35% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 6.89% in the last five years, 12.84% in the last three years, and 14.82% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 57% of them. It has also outpaced 93% of its competitors on a three year basis and 81% of them over the last year for the period ending 9/30/2016. On a year to date basis, NUW has returned 9.02%.

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 8.4%. This fund has had very little volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 9/30/2016, the fund was trading at a price of $18.84, which is 3.1% below its 52-week high of $19.44 and 3.4% above its 52-week low of $18.22.

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 8 years. Over that period, the manager was able to capture more actual gains in excess of the expected return than 70% of other fund managers.

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