State Street Global Advisors has launched the SPDR Nuveen Municipal Bond ETF (MBND), which trades on the Cboe BZX Exchange and has a net expense ratio of 0.40%.
MBND, developed by State Street Global Advisors and Nuveen, is an actively managed exchange-traded fund that enhances the SPDR municipal bond ETF suite.
It seeks to provide current income that is exempt from federal income taxes, with capital appreciation a secondary objective. In selecting securities for MBND, Nuveen uses a rules-based, value-oriented strategy designed to identify higher-yielding and undervalued municipal bonds that offer above-average total return potential.
The ETF targets a weighted average duration between 4.5 and 7 years and a weighted average maturity between 5 and 12 years. It is managed by Timothy Ryan and Steven Hlavin, portfolio managers at Nuveen. SSGA Funds Management serves as advisor to MBND and Nuveen Asset Management serves as investment sub-advisor
The new ETF joins three index-based ETFs at State Street: SPDR Nuveen Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (TFI), SPDR Nuveen Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Municipal Bond ETF (HYMB) and SPDR Nuveen Bloomberg Barclays Short Term Municipal Bond ETF (SHM).
Citi and QMA Launch ESG Offerings
Citi has launched a new equity benchmark index family that places environmental, social and governance considerations and opportunities at its core.
The Citi ESG World Indices are Citi’s first proprietary indices to offer a benchmark for best-in-class ESG performers from across global markets, it says. The indices use ESG ratings provided by Arabesque, an ESG data and analytics company. They adopt negative screening and a differentiated, best-in-class approach, identifying the best performers in terms of ESG metrics.
Separately, QMA has launched PGIM Quant Select, a service for RIAs that it says combines active multi-factor equity solutions with customized ESG and tax management.