National Tax-Free Intermediate Bond Fund

Overview

Objective

Seeks current income exempt from federal income tax consistent with the preservation of capital.

Strategy

Focuses on a broad range of investment-grade municipal securities, typically issued by or on behalf of the states, territories and possessions of the United States, the District of Columbia, and their respective authorities, agencies, instrumentalities and political subdivisions.

Fund Manager

Brian P. Musielak, CFA

  • Joined Commerce in 1995
  • 22 years of experience
  • Fund Manager since 1999

Risk/Return

LOW - - • - - - - HIGH

In general, greater returns are associated with greater risks.

Fund Statistics

Inception Date 02/21/95
Ticker Symbol CFNLX
Cusip 200626703
Minimum Initial Investment $1,000

Commentary

Equity prices continued to move higher on improved earnings and a seemingly greater confidence that positive fiscal changes are coming. Bond investors clearly took a more skeptical view. The Federal Reserve (Fed) raised rates 25 basis points (bps) in March as was anticipated. Though the equity markets digested this move as the Fed perceiving the economy as strong enough to absorb higher rates, the 10-year Treasury yield actually decreased 6bps from 2.45% to 2.39% while the 10-year municipal yield decreased 6bps from 2.31% to 2.25%. Longer bonds outperformed shorter bonds and General Obligation (GO) bonds and revenue bonds performed in-line for the quarter. The municipal curve steepened 8bps in the 10-to-30 year segment during the quarter as yields came down in the short-end, while the 30-year municipal bond was essentially flat. Lower quality bonds beat higher quality counterparts. Bloomberg Barclay's high yield municipal index beat their investment grade index by over 260bps for the quarter.

For the first quarter, the Fund's return of 1.46% underperformed the Bloomberg Barclays' 3-15 Year Blend benchmark of 1.65%.The Fund's exposures to the GO and limited-tax sectors hampered returns. Housing and water/sewer sectors supported returns, as did the Fund's longer-duration and lower-quality issues.

Total Fund Assets as of 03/31/2017 $316,296,698
Net Asset Value1 $19.31
Effective Duration2 5.82Yrs.

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, and investment income may be subject to state income taxes.

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 guarantee on U.S. government securities applies only to the underlying securities of the Fund if held to maturity and not to the value of the Fund's shares. Mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risks. These risks may result in greater share price volatility.

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 National Tax-Free Intermediate Fund Holdings

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