Schwab to Launch the Schwab Municipal Bond ETF
Schwab Asset Management, the asset management arm of The Charles Schwab Corporation, today announced the launch of the Schwab Municipal Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: SCMB). The first day of trading is expected to be on or about October 12.
With an expense ratio of 0.03%, the Schwab Municipal Bond ETF comes to market at a lower cost than comparable funds1. This ETF provides access to the broad U.S. investment grade, tax-exempt bond market with the additional benefit of potentially higher tax efficiency of its ETF structure. It can serve as part of the core of a diversified portfolio.
"As bond yields have risen, fixed income investing is more attractive than it has been in years, making this an opportune moment to introduce a new choice for investors seeking a low-cost, straightforward approach to income, diversification and risk management in their portfolios," said John Sturiale, Head of Product Management and Innovation, Schwab Asset Management. "With the launch of the Schwab Municipal Bond ETF, we at Schwab Asset Management are extending our legacy of low-cost leadership and expanding our well-established line-up of bond ETFs that can play an important role in a diversified portfolio."
The Schwab Municipal Bond ETF's goal is to track as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the total return of the ICE AMT-Free Core U.S. National Municipal Index, which measures the performance of the U.S. AMT-free municipal bond market. It seeks to provide income exempt from federal taxes and not subject to the federal alternative minimum tax (AMT). The fund has a high credit quality profile, investing only in investment-grade rated securities.
The fifth largest provider of ETFs, Schwab Asset Management has more than a decade of experience managing ETFs and a robust capital markets team that plays a crucial role in ensuring the Schwab ETFs function efficiently. Schwab bond ETFs seek to be among the lowest cost across the industry's leading ETF providers. The Schwab Municipal Bond ETF is Schwab Asset Management's eighth bond ETF and the 29th Schwab ETF overall.
For more information, review the prospectus here.
About Schwab Asset Management
One of the industry's largest and most experienced asset managers, Schwab Asset Management offers a focused lineup of competitively priced ETFs, mutual funds and separately managed account strategies designed to serve the central needs of most investors. By operating through clients' eyes, and putting them at the center of our decisions, we aim to deliver exceptional experiences to investors and the financial professionals who serve them. As of June 30, 2022, Schwab Asset Management managed approximately $575.9 billion on a discretionary basis and $34.4 billion on a non-discretionary basis. More information is available at www.schwabassetmanagement.com.
About Charles Schwab
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1 With a net expense ratio of 0.03%, SCMB has the lowest fees when compared to ETFs in both the Morningstar Muni National Intermediate category and the Lipper General + Insured Municipal Debt category. Morningstar and Lipper categories are not assigned until after inception date. Comparison based on Schwab Asset Management's analysis of categories with ETFs that have similar characteristics to SCMB.
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