Municipal Return Plus (Closed End Fund)

Sit Municipal Return Plus

(as of December 31, 2023)


  • Objective is to capitalize on persistent inefficiencies in the closed-end fund market, while providing diversification to a traditional fixed income portfolio.
  • Investment focus is closed-end funds which invest in tax-free municipal fixed income securities.
  • Strategy seeks to maximize total return by analyzing every closed-end fund at the level of its individual holdings, management skill and consistency, and price to net asset value (NAV).

Portfolio Characteristics

  Sit Municipal Return Plus Bloomberg Municipal Index
Yield to Worst: 4.7% 3.2%
Duration: 13.1 Year 5.5 Year
Average Quality: A- AA3
Alpha (5 Year): 1.4  
Alpha (10 Year): 0.3  
Style Large Growth graph. x access is style from value to growth, y access is cap size from small to large - green square indicates large growth in top right square

Composite Performance (%)

    Annualized Returns
  3 Month 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Sit Municipal Return Plus (Gross) 15.81 5.46 -3.37 3.43 4.96
Sit Municipal Return Plus (Net) 15.71 5.04 -4.14 2.38 4.00
     Bloomberg Municipal Index 7.89 6.40 -0.40 2.25 3.03
  1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
eVestment Percentile Rank1 54 96 3 5

Quality Ratings (%)

AAA 0.0
AA 0.0
A 74.9
BBB 24.3
Less than BBB 0.0
Non-Rated 0.0
Other/Cash 0.8


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.

Sit Investment Associates, Inc. Municipal Return Plus

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 Municipal Bond Index Annual Performance Results Composite Composite Dispersion
Gross Net
2022 14,218.1    30.2    2 14.7% 6.4% -8.53% -22.72% -23.05% 0.06%
2021 16,385.5 40.3 2 8.6% 3.9% 1.52% 10.72% 8.99% 0.02%
2020 14,371.1 43.3 2 9.4% 4.0% 5.21% 9.47% 8.60% 0.10%
2019 13,274.3 36.7 2 6.4% 2.4% 7.54% 19.84% 17.56% 0.12%
2018 12,196.2 29.8 2 7.7% 3.4% 1.28% -5.78% -6.16% 0.04%
2017 13,340.8 18.6 1 7.6% 3.3% 5.45% 8.51% 7.91% N/A
2016 12,668.9 20.2 1 8.4% 3.4% 0.25% 3.27% 2.69% N/A
2015 13,350.6 18.5 1 9.3% 3.4% 3.30% 8.25% 7.16% N/A
2014 13,505.0 44.3 1 9.8% 3.7% 9.05% 20.00% 18.13% N/A
2013 13,103.3 37.3 1 9.9% 4.0% -2.55% -11.17% -11.55% N/A
2012 13,081.6 27.0 1 8.4% 3.7% 6.78% 12.06% 10.71% N/A

N.A. – Information is not statistically meaningful due to an insufficient number of portfolios in the composite for the entire year.

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, 2022 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. The verification report(s) is/are available upon request. 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. Verification does not provide assurance on the accuracy of any specific performance report.

The creation and inception date of the Municipal Return Plus Composite are June 30, 2006. Municipal Return Plus Composite contains fully discretionary accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index. The composite contains portfolios generally emphasizing investing in closed-end municipal bond funds. Value is achieved by purchasing domestic investment-grade closed-end municipal bond funds at a discount which exceeds their average market discount of 2% to 4% below their NAV. The Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index is a market weighted index engineered for the investment grade long-term 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 plus any applicable performance fee. 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%. In addition, a performance fee equal to 20% of the difference between the Account’s total investment return for the calendar year (net of the management fee) and the total return of the Barclays Municipal Bond Index for the year increased by 1%. The management fee for the Sit Municipal Opportunity Bond Fund, LLC is 0.40%. In addition, a performance fee equal to 20% of the difference between the Account’s total investment return for the calendar year (net of the management fee) and the total return of the Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index for the year increased by 1%. The Sit Municipal Opportunity Bond Fund, LLC had a total expense ratio of 0.50% in 2022 including the performance fee. The total expenses will vary year to year based on the performance fee earned if any. 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.