VanEck to Transition Underlying Indexes for Several of Its Municipal Bond ETFs – Yahoo Finance

SMB, ITM, MLN, SHYD and HYD, representing approximately $6.5 billion in assets, will seek to track new indexes from ICE Data Indices

NEW YORK, December 08, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VanEck today announced plans to change the underlying indexes tracked by a number of the firm’s industry-leading municipal bond ETFs, switching to new indexes from ICE Data Indices (“ICE”). The Funds include VanEck Short Muni ETF (ticker: SMB), VanEck Intermediate Muni ETF (ticker: ITM), VanEck Long Muni ETF (ticker: MLN), VanEck Short High Yield Muni ETF (ticker: SHYD) and VanEck High Yield Muni ETF (ticker: HYD).

Each Fund will seek to track a transition index, calculated by ICE, starting on or around March 1, 2022 until November 30, 2022 at which point they will transition to the final indexes. The Funds, their current underlying Bloomberg indexes and their planned ICE transition indexes are as follows1:

Ticker

Current Index (Bloomberg)

Transition Index (ICE)

SMB

AMT-Free Short Continuous Municipal Index

Short AMT-Free Broad National Municipal Transition Index

ITM

AMT-Free Intermediate Continuous Municipal Index

Intermediate AMT-Free Broad National Municipal Transition Index

MLN

AMT-Free Long Continuous Municipal Index

Long AMT-Free Broad National Municipal Transition Index

SHYD

Municipal High Yield Short Duration Index

1-12 Year Broad High Yield Crossover Municipal Transition Index

HYD

Municipal Custom High Yield Composite Index

Broad High Yield Crossover Municipal Transition Index

After the nine-month transition period, the Funds will track the new indexes as follows:

Ticker

New Index (ICE)

SMB

Short AMT-Free Broad National Municipal Index

ITM

Intermediate AMT-Free Broad National Municipal Index

MLN

Long AMT-Free Broad National Municipal Index

SHYD

1-12 Year Broad High Yield Crossover Municipal Index

HYD

Broad High Yield Crossover Municipal Index

The transition to the final indexes is expected to broaden the investment universe of each of the Funds. Following the completion of the transition phase, the Funds names and tickers will remain unchanged, and the ETFs will continue to be listed on Cboe BZX Exchange.

“We have been very impressed with ICE’s data, analytics and calculation services over the years and are very pleased to be partnering with them as we look towards significant future growth of our municipal bond ETF family,” said Michael Cohick, Director of Product with VanEck. “Given the unique nature of the municipal bond market, we are taking a transitioned approach to the index changes. This is intended to enable the portfolio managers to make the necessary adjustments to portfolio holdings in a manner that minimizes the potential impact of the turnover to shareholders. We are also happy that the change will align the pricing source used to calculate the Funds’ net asset values and the source used to calculate their index returns, essentially providing a better and more transparent experience when investors compare the ETFs’ performance against the indexes they seek to track,” Cohick added.

“We’re excited to expand our relationship with VanEck as they transition this family of municipal bond ETFs to a robust set of broader indexes that align their preferred fund NAV pricing source with the source used to calculate the indexes.” said Mark Heckert, Chief Product Officer, Fixed Income and Data Services at ICE.

VanEck has long been a leader in providing a range of municipal bond ETF solutions, launching their first muni ETF in 2007 and having since expanded the fund family to provide investors with a range of exposures at all points along the yield curve.

The firm’s most recent municipal bond ETF, the actively managed VanEck HIP Sustainable Muni ETF (SMI), launched in September and is designed to offer exposure to investment-grade municipal debt securities that focus on sustainability as well as positive social, environmental and economic outcomes or mission accomplishment.

“Investor interest in municipal bond exposures is reaching levels we have not seen for several decades, as investors pay ever closer attention to the income-generating portion of their portfolios. To help investors meet their needs and goals, we are constantly evaluating our lineup to help ensure that we are providing the best possible approaches in the most efficient formats, and we are very excited to be making these index changes and the enhancements they will bring,” added Jim Colby, Portfolio Manager with VanEck.

More information on the entire suite of VanEck municipal bond ETFs can be found here.

About VanEck

VanEck has a history of looking beyond the financial markets to identify trends that are likely to create impactful investment opportunities. We were one of the first U.S. asset managers to offer investors access to international markets. This set the tone for the firm’s drive to identify asset classes and trends – including gold investing in 1968, emerging markets in 1993, and exchange traded funds in 2006 – that subsequently shaped the investment management industry.

Today, VanEck offers active and passive strategies with compelling exposures supported by well-designed investment processes. As of October 31, 2021, VanEck managed approximately $82.2 billion in assets, including mutual funds, ETFs and institutional accounts. The firm’s capabilities range from core investment opportunities to more specialized exposures to enhance portfolio diversification. Our actively managed strategies are fueled by in-depth, bottom-up research and security selection from portfolio managers with direct experience in the sectors and regions in which they invest. Investability, liquidity, diversity, and transparency are key to the experienced decision-making around market and index selection underlying VanEck’s passive strategies.

Since our founding in 1955, putting our clients’ interests first, in all market environments, has been at the heart of the firm’s mission.

Important Disclosures

1 Each Transition Index is an interim index that will gradually increase exposure to other securities based on their weightings in the corresponding index set forth under the “New Index” column of the table (each, a “New Index”) while proportionately reducing exposure to the corresponding index set forth under the “Current Index” column of the table (each, a “Current Index”).

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