Municipal Intermediate Duration

Sit Municipal Intermediate Duration

(as of June 30, 2023)


  • We seek consistent attainment of superior risk-adjusted returns using a conservative approach which emphasizes 1) investment grade securities 2) superior income advantage to peers and benchmarks and 3) significant stability of principal.
  • Overweighting of select, high quality/higher yielding sectors of the tax-exempt market.
  • Focus recognized research expertise on individual security structure and complexity to identify superior relative value.

Portfolio Characteristics

  Sit Municipal  Intermediate Duration Bloomberg 5 Year Municipal Index
Yield to Worst: 4.6% 3.1%
Duration: 5.0 Year 3.6 Year
Average Quality: AA AA3
Alpha (5 Year): 0.7  
Alpha (10 Year): 0.4  
Style Large Blend 300x270

Composite Performance (%)

    Annualized Returns
  3 Month 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Sit Municipal Intermediate Duration (Gross) -0.03 1.90 -1.98 0.81 2.68
Sit Municipal Intermediate Duration (Net) -0.13 1.50 -2.38 0.41 2.28
     Bloomberg 5 Year Municipal Index -0.72 1.45 -0.61 1.41 1.74
  1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
eVestment Percentile Rank1 77 98 97 28

1) eVestment – Peer rankings represent percentile rankings which are based on monthly gross of fee returns and reflect where the Sit Investment composite returns fall within the indicated eVestment Alliance, LLC (“eVestment”) universe.  eVestment provides the institutional investment database which consists of institutional managers, investment consultants, plan sponsors and other similar financial institutions reporting on investment products.  Performance figures are provided to eVestment by individual investment management firms for informational purposes only.  eVestment does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information.  Additional information regarding eVestment rankings is available on eVestment’s website.  This presentation is intended for institutional investor use only.

Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible.  There is no guarantee the Composite’s investment objectives will be achieved, and the market value of securities held by the Composite may fall or fail to rise.

Sector allocations (as % of market value) and portfolio characteristics may change at any time and are not investment recommendations.

Duration is a volatility measure for bonds that reflects how a bond’s price will change as interest rates change.

Average Quality reflects the average of the individual security ratings assigned by Moody’s Standard & Poor’s and Fitch.

Sector Distribution (%)

Single Family Housing 35.2
Multi-Family Housing 11.9
Transportation 7.9
General Obligation   7.4
Hospital/Healthcare    7.0
Education 6.6
Escrow 3.8
Insured GO 3.4
Insured 3.4
Other Sectors 11.7
Cash 1.8

Sit Investment Associates, Inc. Municipal Intermediate Duration

Composite GIPS Report
Year End Total Firm Assets (millions) Composite Assets (USD) (millions) Number of Accounts Composite 3-Yr. Standard Dev. Benchmark 3-Yr. Standard Dev. Bloomberg 5 Year Muni Bond Index Annual Performance Results Composite Composite Dispersion
Gross Net
2022 14,218.1    796.4    26 6.9% 4.5% -5.26% -12.58% -12.94% 2.59%
2021 16,385.5 774.8 25 3.1% 2.9% 0.34% 2.23% 1.82% 0.71%
2020 14,371.1 650.1 26 3.2% 2.9% 4.29% 4.66% 4.24% 0.60%
2019 13,274.3 611.9 25 2.2% 2.0% 5.45% 7.33% 6.91% 1.21%
2018 12,196.2 611.0 25 3.2% 2.6% 1.69% 1.24% 0.84% 0.68%
2017 13,340.8 629.0 25 3.2% 2.6% 3.14% 6.10% 5.68% 1.02%
2016 12,668.9 598.2 21 3.5% 2.4% -0.39% 1.43% 1.03% 0.40%
2015 13,350.6 580.8 18 3.8% 2.1% 2.43% 4.20% 3.79% 0.39%
2014 13,505.0 610.2 24 4.0% 2.1% 3.19% 11.50% 11.07% 1.33%
2013 13,103.3 436.4 27 4.0% 2.3% 0.81% -2.62% -3.01% 0.85%
2012 13,081.6 565.7 31 3.3% 2.4% 2.97% 8.50% 8.08% 0.89%

Sit Investment Associates, Inc. claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Sit Investment Associates, Inc. has been independently verified for the period January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021 by ACA Performance Services, for the period January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2016 by Ashland Partners & Company LLP and for the period January 1, 1997 through December 31, 2006 by KPMG LLP. A firm that claims compliance with the GIPS standards must establish policies and procedures for complying with all the applicable requirements of the GIPS standards.

Verification provides assurance on whether the firm’s policies and procedures related to composite and pooled fund maintenance, as well as the calculation, presentation, and distribution of performance, have been designed in compliance with the GIPS standards and have been implemented on a firm-wide basis. The Municipal Intermediate Duration composite has had a perforamnce examination for the periods January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2021 by ACA Performance Services and for the period January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2016 by Ashland Partners & Company LLP. The verification and performance examination reports are available upon request.

The creation and inception date of the Municipal Intermediate Duration Composite are December 31, 1987. Municipal Intermediate Duration Composite contains fully discretionary accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the Bloomberg 5 Year Muni Bond Index. The composite contains portfolios generally emphasizing investing in investment grade municipal bonds. Value is achieved by identifying unusual opportunities created by unique security provisions or supply/demand imbalances with intermediate-duration municipal bonds. The Bloomberg 5 Year Municipal Bond Index is a market weighted index engineered for the investment grade tax-exempt bond market.

Sit Investment Associates, Inc. is an independent registered investment adviser which includes the following subsidiaries: Sit Investment Fixed Income Advisors, Inc.; and Sit Investment Fixed Income Advisors II, Inc. On December 31, 2007, Sit/Kim International Investment Associates, Inc. and Sit/Kim International Investment Associates II, LLC were liquidated into Sit Investment Associates, Inc. Prior to 2000, Sit Investment Associates, Inc. and Sit/Kim International Investment Associates, Inc. issued separate GIPS reports, including disclosure of each entity’s assets under management. Beginning in 2000 the two entities issued a combined GIPS report to reflect the entities’ current operational and management affiliation. Total assets for all years presented in the table above reflect the combined total assets of all subsidiaries. A list of composite descriptions, a list of limited distribution pooled fund descriptions, and a list of broad distribution pooled funds are available upon request.

The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Net of fee performance was calculated using the highest fee applicable annual management fee of 0.40% applied quarterly. The annual composite dispersion presented is an equal-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite the entire year using gross-of-fees returns. Beginning April 1, 2006, SIA calculates a true Time Weighted Return (TWR) for each portfolio within the composite and asset weights their returns to come up with a composite return. Periods are geometrically linked together. Policies for valuing investments, calculating performance, and preparing GIPS reports are available upon request.

The investment management fee schedule for the composite is 0.40% on the first $20 million, 0.30% on the next $30 million, 0.25% on the next $50 million, and negotiable over $100 million. The Sit MN Muni Bond Fund , LLC has a managment fee of 0.60% with a total expense ratio of 0.70%. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients may vary.

The three-year annualized standard deviation measures the variability of the composite and the benchmark returns over the preceding 36-month period. For purposes of this calculation, gross-of-fees composite returns were used.

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Past performance is not indicative of future results.