Kansas Tax-Free Intermediate Bond Fund

Overview

Objective

Seeks current income exempt from federal and, to the extent possible, from Kansas income taxes, as is consistent with the preservation of capital.

Strategy

Focuses primarily on investing in municipal obligations issued by the State of Kansas and its political subdivisions.

Fund Manager

Brian P. Musielak, CFA
  • Joined Commerce in 1995
  • 29 years of experience
  • Fund manager since Fund inception

Risk/Return

LOW - • - - - - - HIGH

In general, greater returns are associated with greater risks.

Fund Statistics

Inception Date 12/26/00
Ticker Symbol KTXIX
Cusip 200626786
Minimum Initial Investment $1,000

Commentary

The first quarter exhibited strong economic activity, as payrolls remained above consensus, and inflation eased only slightly. While inflation is down markedly from a year ago, The Federal Reserve (The Fed) is still reluctant to declare victory or reverse course from its current policy stance of rates remaining higher for longer. Rate cuts are still projected within the coming year; however, the timing has certainly moved to the back half of the calendar. Supply returned to the market as did investor demand during the quarter.

Municipal bond funds have experienced inflows of $7 billion year-to-date, according to JP Morgan. Municipal bonds outperformed US Treasuries in 1Q. The US Treasury curve steepened slightly, and the municipal curve flattened during 1Q. The 10-year Treasury yield increased 32 basis points (bps) from 3.88% to 4.20% while the 10-year municipal (muni) yield increased 23 bps from 2.28% to 2.51% during the quarter. The 10-year muni/treasury ratio increased to 60%. New issuance supply increased roughly 24% year-over-year, ending the quarter at just above $99 billion. Refunding deals made up 33% of new supply and taxable supply comprised 5%. Credit spreads ended tighter quarter over quarter. Lower quality bonds outperformed their higher quality counterparts. Bloomberg’s high yield muni index outperformed their investment grade index by 190 bps for the quarter. Longer bonds underperformed shorter bonds while GO (General Obligation) bonds underperformed revenue sectors.

For the first quarter, The Commerce Kansas Tax-Free Fund’s return of -0.46% underperformed the Bloomberg’s’ 3-15 Year Blend benchmark of -0.33%. Shorter durations were the most additive. Power, the cash position, and hospital sectors performed the best. The Fund’s exposures to the lease, higher education, and water/sewer sectors detracted.

Total Fund Assets as of 3/31/2024 $123,925,989
Net Asset Value1 $18.39
Effective Duration2 4.80 Yrs
Footnotes:
1. The Net Asset Value represents the assets of the fund (ex dividend) by the total number of shares.
2. Duration is the method determining a bond's price sensitivity, given changes in interest rates.
3. The composition of the portfolio is subject to change in the future.
4. The Fund's investments may subject shareholders to federal alternative minimum tax.

Portfolio Holdings

Investments in fixed income securities are subject to the risks associated with debt securities including credit and interest rate risk. When interest rates rise, the prices of bonds and therefore the value of fixed income mutual fund shares can decrease and an investor can lose principal value. The Fund is non-diversified. Due to the smaller number of bonds generally held in the portfolio, the Fund may be subject to greater risks than a more diversified fund. A change in the value of any single holding may affect the overall value more than it would affect a diversified fund that holds more investments. In addition, the Fund's investments may subject shareholders to federal alternative minimum tax. The investment income from this Fund may be subject to state income taxes. Holdings and allocations shown are unaudited, and may not be representative of current or future investments.

Holdings and allocations may not include the Fund's entire investment portfolio, which may change at any time. Fund holdings should not be relied on in making investment decisions and should not be construed as research or investment advice regarding particular securities.

Commerce Kansas Tax-Free Intermediate Bond Holdings

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