Daily Price Change as of 12/05/13
|Change ($/%)||-0.01 / -0.10|
Fund Details as of 10/31/13
|Inception Date||March 23, 1984|
Morningstar as of 10/31/13
|Category||Muni National Long|
|of 224 Funds|
|of 204 Funds|
|of 168 Funds|
|of 224 Funds|
Portfolio Statistics (3 Yr.)
as of 10/31/13
Valuation as of 10/31/13
Fees & Expenses as of 02/28/13
|Max Mgmt Fee||0.50%|
|Expense Ratio Before Waivers||1.24%|
|Expense Ratio After Waivers*||0.99%|
|Minimum Initial Investment||$1,000|
|Minimum Subsequent Investment||$250|
|Best 3 Mo. Period
(last 10 years)
|Worst 3 Mo. Period
(last 10 years)
Portfolio Composition as of 09/30/13
Investment Objective and Strategy (Condensed)
The primary investment objective of the Fund is to provide investors with the maximum income exempt from federal income taxes while avoiding undue risk to principal. Capital appreciation is a secondary objective.
To achieve the Fund’s investment objectives, under normal conditions, the Adviser invests at least 80% of the Fund’s assets in securities the income of which is exempt from regular federal income taxation and will not subject non-corporate shareholders to the alternative minimum tax. The Fund invests primarily in investment grade municipal bonds and expects to maintain an average maturity of between 7 and 20 years.
Average Annual Returns as of 10/31/13
Calendar Year Returns (10 Yrs) as of 10/31/13
|Tax Exempt Fund||4.09||2.80||2.63||4.26||0.96||-7.03||10.50||1.10||9.78||5.78||-3.31|
|Barclays Capital Municipal Bond Index||5.51||4.48||3.51||4.84||3.36||-2.47||12.91||2.38||10.70||6.78||-2.10|
Top Ten Holdings as of 09/30/13
|Company Name||Market Value||Weight (%)||Sector|
|Leander Texas Independent School District||$2,087,400||2.65||School District|
|Arlington Texas, Special Tax||$1,641,150||2.08||General|
|Harris County Texas, Revenue Bonds||$1,249,607||1.59||Transportation|
|Delaware Valley Regional Finance Authority||$1,121,620||1.42||Facilities|
|Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency, Revenue Bonds||$1,093,470||1.39||Power|
|Cleveland Ohio Airport System Revenue, Revenue Bonds||$1,091,400||1.39||Airport|
|New Jersey State Educational Facilities Authority Revenue, Revenue Bonds||$1,086,170||1.38||Education|
|Southmost Junior College District Texas, General Obligation Limited||$1,052,610||1.34||General|
|Santa Clara County California Financing Authority Lease Revenue||$932,301||1.18||Facilities|
|Wisconsin State, General Obligation Unlimited||$862,673||1.10||General|
Sector Distribution as of 09/30/13
Statistical measure that shows the likelihood of an investment to yield above- or below-average returns over a period of time. For example, if hypothetical XYZ Fund has an average annual total return of 11% and a standard deviation of 6.00, that means XYZ Fund's performance is likely to vary from a low of 5% to a high of 17%.
Beta Equation (Stocks)
Beta of a portfolio is a number describing the correlated volatility of the portfolio in relation to the volatility of the benchmark. A positive beta means that the portfolio generally follows the benchmark. A negative beta means that the portfolio generally moves opposite the benchmark.
The measure of diversification that determines how closely a particular fund's performance parallels an appropriate market benchmark over a period. The market is understood to have an R Squared of 100%. Therefore, a fund with an R Squared of 95% contains 95% of the market's diversification and risk. The remaining 5% is unique to the fund manager's actions.
A statistical expression calculated by dividing a fund's excess return by the standard deviation of those returns that measures the relative reward of holding onto risky investments. The higher the ratio, the greater the potential for return for the same amount of risk. The lower the ratio, the worse the fund's historical risk-adjusted performance.
A measure of performance on a risk-adjusted basis. Alpha takes the volatility (price risk) of a mutual fund and compares its risk-adjusted performance to a benchmark index. The excess return of the fund relative to the return of the benchmark index is a fund's alpha
A ratio of portfolio returns above the returns of a benchmark to the volatility of those returns. The information ratio measures a portfolio manager's ability to generate excess returns relative to a benchmark, but also attempts to identify the consistency of the investor.
A divergence between the price behavior of the portfolio and the price behavior of a benchmark, reported as a "standard deviation percentage" difference. This measure reports the difference between the return an investor receives and that of the benchmark he or she was attempting to imitate.
The Morningstar Rating™ for funds methodology rates funds based on an enhanced Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure, which also accounts for the effects of all sales charges, loads, or redemption fees. Funds are ranked by their Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return scores and stars are assigned using the following scale: 5 stars for top 10%; 4 stars next 22.5%; 3 stars next 35%; 2 stars next 22.5%; 1 star for bottom 10%. Funds are rated for up to three periods: the trailing three-, five-, and 10-years. For a fund that does not change categories during the evaluation period, the overall rating is calculated using the following weights: At least 3 years, but less than 5 years uses 100% three-year rating. At least 5 years but less than 10 years uses 60% five-year rating / 40% three-year rating. At least 10 years uses 50% ten-year rating / 30% five-year rating / 20% three-year rating.
* For the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 EULAV Securities LLC (the "Distributor") contractually agreed to waive a portion of the Fund's Rule 12b-1 fee in an amount equal to 0.25% of the Fund's average daily net assets and the portion of the 12b-1 fee equal to 0.10% of the Fund's average daily net assets, respectively. The waivers cannot be terminated before June 30, 2014 without the approval of the Fund's Board of Directors. For various prior periods, the Distributor similarly waived a portion of the Fund's Rule 12b-1 fee. The Fund's performance would be lower in the absence of such waivers.
The performance data quoted herein represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Market volatility can dramatically impact the fund's short term performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than figures shown. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Past performance data through the most recent month end is available at vlfunds.com or by calling 1-800-243-2729.
Portfolio holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell securities. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk.
The average annual returns shown above are historical and reflect changes in share price, reinvested dividends and are net of expenses. Investment results and the principal value of an investment will vary.