Idaho Tax-Exempt FundAs of September 29, 2020
- Targeted to investors seeking income free from federal income, federal alternative minimum, and Idaho state income taxes
- Dollar-weighted average maturity between 6 and 15 years
- Investment grade municipal bonds, Idaho focused
- Diversified across industries and companies
- Actively managed by the award-winning, values-based, global expertise of Saturna Capital
Idaho Tax-Exempt Fund seeks to provide income free from federal income, federal alternative minimum, and Idaho state income taxes. Preservation of capital is a secondary objective.
Principal Investment Strategies
Idaho Tax-Exempt Fund invests in debt securities issued by the State of Idaho and its political subdivisions. These municipal bonds, notes, and commercial paper may be in various forms, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, mortgage bonds, certificates of participation, local improvement district bonds, and refunding bonds.
The Fund buys investment grade bonds, meaning those rated "Baa" or higher by a national bond rating agency (e.g., Moody's Investor's Services), or, if unrated, of equivalent quality in the opinion of the adviser, considered at the time of purchase. At least 40% of bonds that the Fund buys must be rated "A" or higher or, if unrated, of equivalent quality, on a similar basis. Factors used in bond evaluations include such information as the bond district's financial position, population size, employment trends, economic activity, and diversification. The portfolio's dollar-weighted average effective maturity is expected to range between 6 and 15 years. In accordance with the fundamental investment policies of the Fund, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of net assets are invested in debt securities generating income exempt from both federal and Idaho income tax.
Portfolio Manager since 2020
Elizabeth Alm, Senior Investment Analyst, joined Saturna Capital in April of 2018. Originally from Connecticut, she graduated from New York University with degrees in Economics and Anthropology including field work completed in Luxor, Egypt.
Prior to joining Saturna, Ms. Alm spent 11 years at Wells Fargo Asset Management as a senior research analyst focusing on high yield municipal bonds. As part of her previous role, she also worked on the management of several municipal SMA strategies. Ms. Alm is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder.
Outside of work she enjoys mountaineering, photography, and international travel.Close
Deputy Portfolio Manager since 2020
Chris Lang, Vice President – Saturna Brokerage Services, Senior Investment Analyst, and Portfolio Manager, joined Saturna Capital in February 2005. Mr. Lang graduated from Western Washington University in August of 2004 with a BA in Business Administration – Finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder. Mr. Lang enjoys fishing, skiing, backpacking, cooking, playing golf, and spending time with his wife and daughter.Close
Short Term Performance
|As of August 31, 2020||Ticker||3 Month||6 Month||YTD|
|S&P Idaho Municipal||1.71%||0.39%||2.52%|
Average Annual Total Returns
|Month-end, as of August 31, 2020||Ticker||1 Year||3 Year||5 Year||10 Year||Expense Ratio²||30-Day Yield¹|
|S&P Idaho Municipal||2.68%||3.77%||3.76%||4.35%||n/a||n/a|
|Quarter-end, as of June 30, 2020||Ticker||1 Year||3 Year||5 Year||10 Year||Expense Ratio²||30-Day Yield¹|
|S&P Idaho Municipal||3.56%||3.80%||3.76%||4.56%||n/a||n/a|
Performance data quoted represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. Standardized returns current to the most recent month-end can be obtained by visiting our Month-end Returns Page or by calling toll free 1-800-728-8762. The Fund cannot guarantee that its investment objective will be met. Securities of the Fund are offered and sold only through the prospectus or summary prospectus.
¹ A Fund's 30-Day Yield, sometimes referred to as "standardized yield" or "SEC yield,” is expressed as an annual percentage rate using a method of calculation adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The 30-Day Yield provides an estimate of a Fund's investment income rate, but may not equal the actual income distribution rate.
² Expense ratios shown are as stated in the Fund's most recent prospectus or summary prospectus dated March 27, 2020.
Growth of $10,000
This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 invested at the beginning of the period and redeemed at the end of the period, and assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.
The Standard and Poor's Idaho Municipal Bond Index is a broad-based index of Idaho municipal bond prices. Investors cannot invest directly in the index.
|Record Date||Ex, Pay and
The Idaho Tax-Exempt Fund intends to distribute its net investment income and net realized capital gains, if any, to its shareowners. The Fund accounts for its distributions as taxable capital gains (originating from net realized gains on portfolio transactions), taxable ordinary income (originating from dividends, taxable interest, and certain other types of gains), or tax-exempt income (originating from interest on municipal bonds). Income dividends are paid daily and reinvested or distributed monthly. Distributions from capital gains (which may be taxable at different rates depending on the length of time the Fund holds its assets) are paid at the end of the year.
Distributions for the last two years are listed in the table above. For prior distributions, please contact a Saturna representative.
Regulations regarding distributions can be complex, and there are several methods for managing your tax liability. Please consult a tax advisor about your particular circumstances. You also may obtain helpful information by calling the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or visiting www.irs.gov.
If applicable, distribution information will appear on Form 1099-DIV, typically sent in late January. For more information on tax documentation, please visit our Tax Documentation page.
The Fund pays per-share distributions to shareowners invested on the Record Date. On the Payable Date, the fund's share price is reduced by the amount of its distribution.
Fees & Minimums
The following tables describe the fees and expenses mutual fund shareowners may pay. There are no shareowner fees (fees paid directly from an investment). The Fund imposes no sales charge (load) on purchases or reinvested dividends, or any deferred sales charge (load) upon redemption. There are no exchange fees or account fees. Investments in mutual funds are subject to ongoing expenses. Saturna endeavors to keep these fees low. We encourage you to compare the following fees with similar fees of other no-load mutual funds:
Shareowner Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
|Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)²|
|Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses||0.67%|
When you buy shares through a financial intermediary, that intermediary may charge a transaction fee or commission which is not reflected in the expenses table. Purchases and redemptions of Fund shares will be made at the daily net asset value established by the Fund (before imposition of a commission).
The minimum initial investment is $1,000 (for tax-sheltered accounts, there is no minimum).
Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund
Market risk: The value of the Fund's shares rises and falls as the market value of the securities in which the Fund invests goes up and down. The market value of securities will fluctuate, sometimes significantly and unpredictably, with stocks generally being more volatile than bonds. When you redeem your shares, they may be worth more or less than what you paid for them. Only consider investing in the Fund if you are willing to accept the risk that you may lose money.
Investment strategy risk: Because the Fund concentrates its investments primarily in Idaho municipal securities, its investments are susceptible to factors adversely affecting Idaho. These factors include economic and financial trends as well as political conditions in Idaho and its political subdivisions. Investing primarily in Idaho bonds means the Fund is less diversified than some other types of mutual funds. Concentrating investments in a single state or a small number of security issues may lead to underperformance compared to investments selected in greater number and/or from a wider universe.
Tax risk: The Fund is vulnerable to tax rate changes, either at the Idaho or federal level, since part of municipal securities' value is derived from the recipient's ability to exclude interest payments from taxation. Should this exclusion be reduced, the market for municipal securities, and consequently the Fund's share value, may be adversely affected.
Interest rate risk: Investing in bonds includes the risk that as interest rates rise, bond prices will fall. Conversely, during periods of declining interest rates bond prices generally rise, but bond issuers may call or prepay the bond and reissue debt at lower interest rates. The longer a bond's maturity, the more sensitive the bond is to interest rate changes. The risks associated with changing interest rates may have unpredictable effects on bond markets, the liquidity of bonds, and the Fund's investments. The risks associated with changing interest rates may have unpredictable effects on bond markets, the liquidity of bonds, and the Fund's investments.
Call risk: Bonds with embedded callable options also contain an element of prepayment or call risk. When interest rates decline, issuers can retire their debt and reissue bonds at a lower interest rate.
Credit risk: Investing in bonds includes the risk that an issuer will not pay interest or principal when due, or the issuer may default altogether. If an issuer's credit quality is perceived to decline, the value and liquidity of the issuer's bonds may also decline.
State-specific bond risk: Investing only in Idaho bonds means the Fund has greater exposure to events in that state. Factors such as political, economic, and financial trends in the state of Idaho can affect market prices for the Fund's holdings.
Liquidity risk: Liquidity risk exists when particular investments are difficult to sell and may be more difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell these investments during unfavorable conditions to meet redemptions or for other cash needs, the Fund may lose money on its investments. As a result, the Fund may be unable to achieve its objective.