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    A Holiday Gift from the Muni Market

    Jim Colby, Portfolio Manager and Strategist, Municipal Bonds
    December 19, 2017

    Worried about tax reform, the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) moving interest rates higher, and possibly massive infrastructure spending? Investors may wish to consider the VanEck Vectors® Short High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (NYSE Arca: SHYD®). For those looking, near term, to invest their cash in the municipal bond market, SHYD tells a compelling story.

    With almost half the interest rate sensitivity of VanEck Vectors® High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (NYSE Arca: HYD®), SHYD has provided investors with a yield give up versus HYD of only 77 bps, and nearly 60% of the total return of HYD this year. All of that with a slightly higher overall credit quality.

    While HYD may have provided a total return and yield advantage, we believe SHYD should not be overlooked by investors looking for the municipal bond market to provide some protection from uncertainties, while still earning a potentially high tax-exempt yield. Happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!

    SHYD vs. HYD
    Data as of 12/18/2017

    Duration to Worst (Years) 3.71 6.16
    30-Day SEC Yield 3.16% 3.93%

    SHYD Performance (%) as of 9/30/2017 YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR LIFE
    NAV 5.42 0.22 1.94 -- 2.54
    Share Price 5.21 -0.18 1.88 -- 2.47

    HYD Performance (%) as of 9/30/2017 YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR LIFE
    NAV 9.46 1.61 5.36 4.06 8.12
    Share Price 9.03 1.45 5.27 3.98 8.11

    Source: VanEck. For performance as of the most recent month end, please click here.

    Returns less than one year are not annualized.

    Expenses: SHYD: 0.35%; HYD: 0.35%. Van Eck Associates Corporation (the "Adviser") will pay all expenses of the Fund, except for the fee payment under the investment management agreement, acquired fund fees and expenses, interest expense, offering costs, trading expenses, taxes and extraordinary expenses.

    The tables present past performance which is no guarantee of future results and which may be lower or higher than current performance. Investment returns and ETF share values will fluctuate so that investors' shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. ETF returns assume that dividends and capital gains distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at "Net Asset Value" (NAV).

    The NAV of a VanEck Vectors Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is determined at the close of each business day, and represents the dollar value of one share of the fund; it is calculated by taking the total assets of the fund, subtracting total liabilities, and dividing by the total number of shares outstanding. The NAV is not necessarily the same as the ETF's intraday trading value. VanEck Vectors ETF investors should not expect to buy or sell shares at NAV.  

    Post Disclosure  

    30-Day SEC Yield is a standard yield calculation developed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that allows for fairer comparisons among funds. It is based on the most recent 30-day period. This yield figure reflects the interest earned during the period after deducting the Fund's expenses for the period. It does not reflect the yield an investor would have received if they had held the Fund over the last twelve months assuming the most recent NAV. Distributions may vary from time to time.

    Duration to Worst measures the duration of a bond computed using the nearest call date or maturity, whichever comes first. This measure ignores future cash flow fluctuations due to embedded optionality.


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    Municipal bonds are subject to risks related to litigation, legislation, political change, conditions in underlying sectors or in local business communities and economies, bankruptcy or other changes in the issuer’s financial condition, and/or the discontinuance of taxes supporting the project or assets or the inability to collect revenues for the project or from the assets. Bonds and bond funds will decrease in value as interest rates rise. Additional risks include credit, interest rate, call, reinvestment, tax, market and lease obligation risk. High-yield municipal bonds are subject to greater risk of loss of income and principal than higher-rated securities, and are likely to be more sensitive to adverse economic changes or individual municipal developments than those of higher-rated securities. Municipal bonds may be less liquid than taxable bonds.

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