Infrastructure
transforms industries

Municipal bonds finance the
projects that will drive economic
growth in the 2020s

Overview

Municipal finance is the original funding mechanism for infrastructure in the US. While not the only source, muni bonds have played a critical role supporting the big projects — such as roads, bridges and transportation — that comprise the ‘backbone’ of the economy.

And today, the anticipated investment in infrastructure may have a transformative effect across industries due to the expected size and scale of that funding. This is why we think infrastructure may be one of the new engines of growth for the rest of the 2020s. This dynamic, along with a strong housing market, possible tax increases, and an infrastructure spending bill bouncing around the halls of Congress, all combine to create a favorable environment for investing in munis.

At BNY Mellon Investment Management, our experienced team of fixed income specialists understand how to spot these long-term trends and harness them within a municipal bond portfolio as engines of growth.

Why choose municipal bonds?

With multiple advantages, munis can be an essential asset to have in the mix.

Diversification. Because they have historically exhibited a low correlation to both the stock market and taxable core bonds, munis may improve overall portfolio outcomes.

Taxes. Most municipal bonds are exempt from federal taxes, and some are tax exempt at the state and local level.

Stability. Munis provide a potentially high degree of stability, with historically low default rates.

Municipal bonds take center stage

Many performance indicators suggest that conditions could be ideal for municipal bonds in 2021 and beyond. Historically, as tax rates rise so does demand for munis. Potential increases in personal and corporate taxes proposed by the Biden administration might drive further interest in munis. In addition, the confirmed $1 trillion fiscal stimulus, with $650 billion earmarked for municipal aide, is likely to be beneficial to municipal bond holders.

Recent returns also promote optimism for municipal bonds, with the asset class demonstrating positive absolute and relative performance. For the most recent 3-year period, high yield municipal bonds have produced comparable total returns and volatility as high yield corporates. No investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee returns or eliminate risk in any market environment. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Sources: BNY Mellon Investment Management and Morningstar Direct, as of June 30, 2021. For illustrative purposes only.

The Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Bond Index measures the USD-denominated, high yield, fixed-rate corporate bond market.

An investor cannot invest directly in any index.

Approach

Strategy highlight: BNY Mellon High Yield Municipal Bond Fund

We believe a disciplined active management approach will be key to winning in this category. Our team takes a measured stance that aims for investors to be rewarded for taking incremental risk.

This fund is designed to be agile enough to respond to new opportunities and is built on a bond-by-bond method, where each asset is carefully vetted. The team looks for high-yield bonds that are exempt from federal income tax. The fund is large enough to have a meaningful presence in the market, yet nimble enough to take advantage of opportunities that might not be available to larger competitors.

Our suite of municipal bond funds

BNY Mellon High
Yield Municipal
Bond Fund

Morningstar Overall Rating

as of 6/30/2021

Class A DHYAX

The primary goal of the fund is to seek high current income exempt from federal income tax.

BNY Mellon
Opportunistic Municipal
Securities Fund

Morningstar Overall Rating

as of 6/30/2021

Class A PTEBX

The primary goal of the fund is to seek high current income exempt from federal income tax.

BNY Mellon AMT
Free Municipal
Bond Fund

Morningstar Overall Rating

as of 6/30/2021

Class A DMUAX

This fund seeks to be a Municipal core bond offering within a portfolio, pursuing as high a level of current income exempt from federal income tax as is consistent with the preservation of capital.

Interested in one of our funds?

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Meet the team

DANIEL BARTON

Portfolio Manager, Senior Analyst for Tax-Sensitive Strategies, Mellon Investments Corporation

 

JEFFREY BURGER

Senior Portfolio Manager, Mellon Investments Corporation
 

 

THOMAS CASEY

Portfolio Manager, Mellon
 

 

DANIEL RABASCO

Portfolio Manager, Mellon
Investments Corporation

 

Insights

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