Morningstar, Inc. Commentaries
May 30, 2014
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As a whole, municipal-bond closed-end funds are not screaming bargains at current valuations, but they look fairly cheap on a relative basis. As of May 27, the average muni CEF traded at a 5.6% discount, which was wider than the 3.4% average discount for the sector over the past 16.5 years (as far back as Morningstar data goes). Even after omitting the hot muni market of January 2010 onward, muni CEFs look slightly cheaper than average: These funds traded at an average discount of 3.9% for the 13-year period ended December 2009. That market environment was also less favorable for leveraged muni funds, as higher short-term interest rates made leverage financing more expensive.