This fund tracks an index of municipal bonds, a slice of the bond market that is highly coveted due to its tax features. These bonds are generally free from federal taxes and in some cases, state and local income taxes as well making these funds crucial components of portfolios for those in high tax brackets. Muni bonds are used by local entities to pay for a variety of services or to make improvements to infrastructure paying for everything from new sewer systems to school renovations and bridge construction as such, they are relatively low risk instruments. This is especially true in the case of SMB since the fund only targets short term munis which have less default risk then their longer-dated counterparts. As a result SMB is a solid choice for investors seeking broad exposure to the muni market but with lower levels of risk. The fund still has solid levels of diversification-- holding over 190 securities-- and one of the cheapest expense ratios in the category at just 16 basis points. However, investors should be aware that these shorter term instruments are likely to pay out a lower rate of interest than some of the longer-term bonds that are out there, potentially limiting current income.
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View charts featuring ETF fund flow data.5 Day Net Flows: 0 1 Month Net Flows: 4.5 M 3 Month Net Flows: 45.16 M 6 Month Net Flows: 64.11 M 1 Year Net Flows: 75.83 M 3 Year Net Flows: 55.26 M 5 Year Net Flows: 10.88 M 10 Year Net Flows: 186.04 M
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