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Highest Yielding Zacks #1 Ranked Funds

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Debt securities will always be the natural choice of the risk-averse investor because this category of instruments provides regular income flow at low levels of risk. Income from regular dividends helps to ease the pain caused by plunging stock prices. When considering safety of capital invested, municipal bond mutual funds are second only to those investing in government securities. In addition, the interest income earned form these securities are exempt from federal taxes and in many cases from state taxes as well.

Below we will share with you the 5 highest yielding Zacks #1 ranked municipal bond mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) as we expect these mutual funds to outperform their peers in the future.  To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all municipal bond funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

Mutual Fund

Sec 30 Day Yield

Oppenheimer Rochester National Municipals A

6.53%

Pioneer High Income Municipal A

6.12%

Oppenheimer AMT-Free Municipals A

5.91%

Invesco Van Kampen High Yield Municipal A

5.43%

Lord Abbett High Yield Municipal Bond A

5.08%


Oppenheimer Rochester National Municipals A (ORNAX - MF report) seeks high current income not subject to federal income taxes. The fund primarily invests in a wide range of high-yield municipal securities. The municipal bond mutual fund returned 17.69% in the last one year period.

The municipal bond mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 0.64% compared to a category average of 0.98%.

Pioneer High Income Municipal A (PIMAX - MF report) invests in debt securities and related instruments issued by states, counties and municipalities as well as agencies of the US and the District of Columbia. The interest income from these securities must not be subject to federal income tax. The municipal bond mutual fund returned 10.56% in the last one year period.

As of July 2012, this municipal bond mutual fund held 189 issues, with 2.28% of its total assets invested in Illinois Fin Auth 8.125%.

Oppenheimer AMT-Free Municipals A (OPTAX - MF report) seeks high current income exempt from federal income taxes. The fund primarily invests in municipal securities exempt from federal individual income tax. The municipal bond mutual fund returned 22.91% in the last one year period.

The Fund Manager is Daniel G. Loughran and he has managed this municipal bond mutual fund since 2002.

Invesco Van Kampen High Yield Municipal A (ACTHX - MF report) invests a large share of its assets in municipal bonds, the interest from which is not subject to federal income tax. A minimum of 75% of its assets are utilized to purchase municipal bonds of low quality. The municipal bond mutual fund returned 15.65% in the last one year period.

The municipal bond mutual fund has a minimum initial investment of $1,000 and an expense ratio of 0.85% compared to a category average of 0.98%.

Lord Abbett High Yield Municipal Bond A (HYMAX - MF report) seeks high income not subject to federal income taxes. The fund invests the majority of its assets in municipal bonds. A minimum of 50% of its assets must be utilized to purchase municipal bonds rated investment grade by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Organization (NRSRO). The municipal bond mutual fund returned 14.28% in the last one year period.

The Fund Manager is Peter Scott Smith and he has managed this municipal bond mutual fund since 2006.

To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all municipal bond funds, investors can click here to see the complete list of funds.

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