Municipal Bond ETF Model Portfolio Q3 2019 Rebalance

Municipal Bond ETF Model Portfolio Rebalance for Q3 2019


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Sources: VanEck Vector Funds, iShares by BlackRock, and The Vanguard Group. Table is provided for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. TEY = Taxable Equivalent Yield calculated at an assumed 37% tax rate. Data as of 6/17/2019 unless noted: 16/14/2019, 25/31/2019.

Rebalancing objective: Generate incremental yield over market “beta” while maintaining duration risk exposure.

  • Eliminating exposure to overpriced short term investment grade municipal bond market by reducing exposure in SUB from 5% in Q2 2019 to 0% as we enter Q3 2019.
  • Reducing exposure to investment grade munis in general by dropping allocation in VTEB down to 40% from 45% in Q2 2019.
  • Increasing exposure in SHYD for short term high yield municipal bonds from 30% in Q2 2019 to 35% for Q3 2019 taking advantage of incremental yields.
  • Increasing exposure in HYD for high yield municipal bonds from 20% in Q2 2019 to 25% for Q3 2019 extendingboth duration and credit risk in return for incrementally higher yields.
  • Staying as liquid as possible by using larger ETFs and that have options available on the ETF where possible and staying efficient by keeping management fees as low as possible.


  • Taxable Equivalent Yield = Tax Exempt Yield / (1 – Federal Tax Rate)
  • Taxable Equivalent Yield calculation is not perfect: for example, the municipal high yield sector has exposure to bonds subject to AMT and that is not included in the calculation.
  • 2019 tax brackets, however not all tax brackets are represented herein
  • End of day yields are used

Analyst Disclosure:

  • JR Rieger and or the Rieger Report LLC has not received compensation either directly or indirectly from the sponsor(s) of the ETF(s) included in this report.
  • At the time of this writing, JR Rieger does not own the ETF(s) cited in this report.

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