Idaho Tax-Exempt Fund


Investment Style

  • 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

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Investment Objective

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 Managers

Elizabeth Alm CFA®
Portfolio Manager since 2020
Chris Lang CFA®
Deputy Portfolio Manager since 2020


Short Term Performance

As of October 31, 2021 Ticker 3 Month 6 Month YTD
Idaho Tax-Exempt NITEX -1.02% -0.06% -0.16%
S&P Idaho Municipal -0.44% 0.91% 1.44%

Average Annual Total Returns

Month-end, as of October 31, 2021 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Idaho Tax-Exempt NITEX 0.87% 4.01% 2.40% 2.61% 0.72% 0.81%
S&P Idaho Municipal 2.90% 5.17% 3.42% 4.26% n/a n/a
Quarter-end, as of September 30, 2021 Ticker 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Expense Ratio² 30-Day Yield¹
Idaho Tax-Exempt NITEX 0.71% 3.82% 2.26% 2.61% 0.72% 0.61%
S&P Idaho Municipal 2.62% 4.85% 3.22% 4.21% 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 30, 2021.

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
Reinvest Date
Tax Free
Capital Gains
Capital Gains
Total Distributions
(per share)
10/28/2021 10/29/2021 $0.00793 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00793
09/29/2021 09/30/2021 $0.00724 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00724
08/30/2021 08/31/2021 $0.00749 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00749
07/29/2021 07/30/2021 $0.00796 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00796
06/29/2021 06/30/2021 $0.00788 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00788
05/27/2021 05/28/2021 $0.00828 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00828
04/29/2021 04/30/2021 $0.00815 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00815
03/30/2021 03/31/2021 $0.00886 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00886
02/25/2021 02/26/2021 $0.00849 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00849
01/28/2021 01/29/2021 $0.00904 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00904
12/30/2020 12/31/2020 $0.00910 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00910
11/27/2020 11/30/2020 $0.00877 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00877
10/29/2020 10/30/2020 $0.00872 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00872
09/29/2020 09/30/2020 $0.00829 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00829
08/28/2020 08/31/2020 $0.00861 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00861
07/30/2020 07/31/2020 $0.00872 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00872
06/29/2020 06/30/2020 $0.00881 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00881
05/28/2020 05/29/2020 $0.00908 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00908
04/29/2020 04/30/2020 $0.00789 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00789
03/30/2020 03/31/2020 $0.00840 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00840
02/27/2020 02/28/2020 $0.00788 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00788
01/30/2020 01/31/2020 $0.00840 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00840
12/30/2019 12/31/2019 $0.00852 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00852
11/27/2019 11/29/2019 $0.00112 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00112

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

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
Management Fees 0.50%
Other Expenses 0.22%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses 0.72%

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).

Investment Minimum

The minimum initial investment is $1,000 (for tax-sheltered accounts, there is no minimum).


Summary Prospectus




Annual Report


Semi-Annual Report


Statement of Additional Information


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.

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