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Nebraska Tax-Free Income Fund (WNTFX)

Fund Facts

  • Ticker
    WNTFX
  • CUSIP
    94904P807
  • Fund
    Inception
    10/01/1985
  • Class
    Inception
    10/01/1985
  • Net
    Assets
    $35 Million
    as of 09/30/2020
  • Dividend
    Frequency
    Quarterly
  • Portfolio
    Manager(s)
      Thomas Carney, CFA

Investment Approach

The investment objective of the Nebraska Tax-Free Income Fund is current income that is exempt from both federal and Nebraska personal income taxes, consistent with the preservation of capital.

Strategy and Process

Nebraska municipal bond portfolio

We manage a core fixed income portfolio for Nebraska’s tax-conscious investors.

State and federal tax advantaged

The fund invests at least 80% of net assets in Nebraska municipal debt securities, and no more than 20% of net assets are subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Portfolio Manager tenure

Tom Carney has been a portfolio manager on the fund since 1996.

Performance

Data quoted is past performance and current performance may be lower or higher. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their
original cost.

Historical Returns
as of 11/30/2020

Cumulative Returns

Average Annual Total Returns

YTD 1 MO 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR10 YR Since Fund
Inception
10/1/1985
Nebraska Tax-Free Income Fund 3.34% 0.69% 3.53% 2.86% 1.79% 1.94% 4.45%
Bloomberg Barclays 5-Year Municipal Bond Index 3.92% 0.62% 4.24% 3.83% 2.78% 2.89% n/a

Growth of a $10,000 Investment Since Inception
as of 11/30/2020

Summary of Returns

Year Nebraska Tax-Free Income Fund Bloomberg Barclays 5-Year Municipal Bond IndexRelative Results
2019 4.05% 5.45% -1.40%
2018 0.67% 1.68% -1.01%
2017 1.61% 3.14% -1.53%
2016 -0.71% -0.39% -0.32%
2015 0.96% 2.43% -1.47%
2014 2.81% 3.19% -0.38%
2013 -0.25% 0.81% -1.06%
2012 2.07% 2.97% -0.90%
2011 5.94% 6.93% -0.99%
2010 2.27% 3.40% -1.13%
2009 7.24% 7.40% -0.16%
2008 1.23% 5.78% -4.55%
2007 3.56% 5.15% -1.59%
2006 3.26% 3.34% -0.08%
2005 2.16% 0.95% 1.21%
2004 3.38% 2.72% 0.66%
2003 4.29% 4.13% 0.16%
2002 7.99% 9.28% -1.29%
2001 3.86% 6.21% -2.35%
2000 9.87% 7.71% 2.16%
1999 -1.21% 0.73% -1.94%
1998 6.10% 5.84% 0.26%
1997 7.32% 6.38% 0.94%
1996 5.46% 4.22% 1.24%
1995 10.49% 11.65% -1.16%
1994 -1.41% -1.28% -0.13%
1993 7.87% 8.73% -0.86%
1992 7.37% 7.62% -0.25%
1991 8.41% 11.41% -3.00%
1990 6.31% 7.70% -1.39%
1989 6.89% 9.07% -2.18%
1988 6.31% n/a n/a
1987 4.00% n/a n/a
1986 11.21% n/a n/a
1985 (10/01/1985) 3.55% n/a n/a
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Since Inception Returns

Since Fund Inception (10/1/1985) Nebraska Tax-Free Income Fund Bloomberg Barclays 5-Year Municipal Bond IndexRelative Results
Cumulative Return 362.59% n/a n/a
Average Annual Return 4.45% n/a n/a

Yields
as of 11/30/2020

Distribution Yield 1.48%
30-Day SEC Yield (Subsidized) 0.42%
30-Day SEC Yield (Unubsidized) -0.15%

Morningstar Ratings™
as of 09/30/2020

Rating / Number of funds in the category

Category 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR Overall Rating
Muni Single State Interm  
out of 142
 
out of 129
 
out of 110
 
out of 142
Morningstar Ratings are based on risk–adjusted returns.

Morningstar Rankings™
as of 09/30/2020

Ranking / Number of funds in the category / Percentile Ranking

Category 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR
Muni Single State Interm 73 / 151
54
123 / 142
89
123 / 129
97
108 / 110
99
Morningstar Rankings are based on total returns.

Fees & Expenses
as of most recent prospectus dated 07/31/2020

Gross Expense Ratio 1.10%
Net Expense Ratio 0.45%
Contractual Expiration Date 7/31/2021
Distribution and/or service fee (12b-1) Fees None
Sales Charge None
Redemption Fee None

Portfolio

Asset Allocation
% of Net Assets as of 09/30/2020

Credit Quality
% of Portfolio as of 09/30/2020

AAA 3.8
AA 57.8
A 22.6
BBB 2.2
BB 0.0
B 0.0
CCC 0.0
Non-Rated 5.2
Cash Equivalents 8.4

Portfolio Characteristics
as of 09/30/2020

Yield To Worst 0.8%
Yield To Maturity 1.4%
Number of Fixed Income Issuers (Including U.S. Treasury Bills, if applicable) 51
Annual Turnover*
7%
5-Year Avg. Annual Turnover* 16%

*as of most recent Annual Report

Fixed Income Characteristics
as of 09/30/2020

Average Maturity 6.0 years
Average Effective Maturity 3.5 years
Average Duration 3.2 years
Average Effective Duration 3.5 years
Average Coupon 3.5

Maturity Distribution
% of Portfolio as of 09/30/2020

Cash Equivalents 8.4
Less than 1 Year 19.3
1 - 3 Years 24.0
3 - 5 Years 12.6
5 - 7 Years 22.2
7 - 10 Years 12.6
10 Years or more 0.9

Duration Distribution
% of Portfolio as of 09/30/2020

0 - 1 Years 27.7
1 - 3 Years 24.0
3 - 5 Years 19.1
5 - 7 Years 18.1
7 - 10 Years 10.2
10 Years or more 0.9
Common Stocks 0.0

Five Largest Issuers
% of Net Assets as of 09/30/2020

Nebraska Public Power District 5.2
Omaha Public Facilities Corp. 4.6
Omaha-Douglas County Public Building Comm. 4.3
Village of Boystown 3.3
Lincoln Electric System 3.1
View Full Portfolio Holdings as of 09/30/2020

Distributions

RECORD DATE EX & PAY DATE Income Capital Gain Short-Term Capital Gain Long-Term Total Distribution Reinvestment NAV
09/15/20 09/16/20 0.0410 n/a n/a 0.0410 10.23
06/16/20 06/17/20 0.0450 n/a n/a 0.0450 10.21
03/17/20 03/18/20 0.0380 n/a n/a 0.0380 9.89
12/16/19 12/17/19 0.0280 n/a n/a 0.0280 10.07
09/16/19 09/17/19 0.0280 n/a n/a 0.0280 10.02
06/17/19 06/18/19 0.0380 n/a n/a 0.0380 10.01
03/18/19 03/19/19 0.0310 n/a n/a 0.0310 9.89
12/26/18 12/27/18 0.0340 n/a n/a 0.0340 9.80
09/25/18 09/26/18 0.0360 n/a n/a 0.0360 9.68
06/26/18 06/27/18 0.0430 n/a n/a 0.0430 9.75
03/27/18 03/28/18 0.0320 n/a n/a 0.0320 9.75
12/26/17 12/27/17 0.0320 n/a n/a 0.0320 9.86
09/26/17 09/27/17 0.0330 n/a n/a 0.0330 9.94
06/27/17 06/28/17 0.0370 n/a n/a 0.0370 9.96
03/28/17 03/29/17 0.0370 n/a n/a 0.0370 9.90
12/27/16 12/28/16 0.0410 n/a n/a 0.0410 9.85
09/27/16 09/28/16 0.0440 0.000000 0.000000 0.0440 10.06
06/27/16 06/28/16 0.0440 n/a n/a 0.0440 10.13
03/28/16 03/29/16 0.0410 n/a n/a 0.0410 10.11
12/28/15 12/29/15 0.0480 n/a n/a 0.0480 10.09
09/25/15 09/28/15 0.0480 n/a n/a 0.0480 10.13
06/25/15 06/26/15 0.0540 n/a n/a 0.0540 10.12
03/26/15 03/27/15 0.0470 n/a n/a 0.0470 10.19
12/26/14 12/29/14 0.0540 n/a n/a 0.0540 10.20
09/25/14 09/26/14 0.0570 n/a n/a 0.0570 10.22
06/25/14 06/26/14 0.0590 n/a n/a 0.0590 10.23
03/26/14 03/27/14 0.0530 n/a n/a 0.0530 10.19
12/26/13 12/27/13 0.0550 n/a 0.0529 0.1079 10.14
09/26/13 09/27/13 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.21
06/26/13 06/27/13 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.21
03/26/13 03/27/13 0.0450 n/a n/a 0.0450 10.44
12/26/12 12/27/12 0.0550 n/a 0.0046 0.0596 10.44
09/26/12 09/27/12 0.0500 n/a n/a 0.0500 10.50
06/27/12 06/28/12 0.0550 n/a 0.000050 0.0551 10.46
03/27/12 03/28/12 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.44
12/27/11 12/28/11 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.44
09/27/11 09/28/11 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.38
06/27/11 06/28/11 0.0800 n/a 0.0048 0.0848 10.27
03/28/11 03/29/11 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.12
12/28/10 12/29/10 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.12
09/27/10 09/28/10 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.37
06/28/10 06/29/10 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 10.22
03/29/10 03/30/10 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 10.15
12/28/09 12/29/09 0.0800 n/a n/a 0.0800 10.13
09/28/09 09/29/09 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 10.26
06/25/09 06/26/09 0.0800 n/a n/a 0.0800 9.95
03/26/09 03/27/09 0.0800 n/a n/a 0.0800 9.91
12/29/08 12/30/08 0.1000 n/a n/a 0.1000 9.70
09/25/08 09/26/08 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 9.70
06/26/08 06/27/08 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 9.87
03/27/08 03/28/08 0.0800 n/a n/a 0.0800 9.94
12/27/07 12/28/07 0.1000 n/a n/a 0.1000 9.98
09/25/07 09/26/07 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 9.96
06/27/07 06/28/07 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 9.89
03/28/07 03/29/07 0.0800 n/a n/a 0.0800 10.01

Literature

Fact Sheet Commentary Summary Prospectus
Annual Report Semi-Annual Report Prospectus SAI XBRL*

Risks

An investment in the Fund involves certain risks, including, among others, the following:

Market Risk
As with any mutual fund, investment return and principal value will fluctuate, depending on general market conditions and other factors.  Market risk includes political, regulatory, economic, social and health risks (including the risks presented by the spread of infectious diseases such as the COVID-19 pandemic) which can lead to increased market volatility and negative impacts on local and global financial markets, and the duration and severity of the impact of these risks on markets cannot be reasonably estimated.  

Interest Rate Risk
Debt securities are subject to interest rate risk because the prices of debt securities tend to move in the opposite direction of interest rates.  When interest rates rise, debt security prices fall.  When interest rates fall, debt security prices rise.  Changing interest rates may have sudden and unpredictable effects in the markets and on the Fund›s investments.  In general, debt securities with longer maturities are more sensitive to changes in interest rates.

Credit Risk
The risk that the issuer of a debt security will fail to pay interest or principal in a timely manner or that negative perceptions of the issuer›s ability to make such payments will cause the price of that security to fall. 

Non-U.S. Securities Risk
The Fund may invest in securities issued by non-U.S. issuers, which securities may be denominated in U.S. dollars or foreign currencies. Investments in non-U.S. securities may involve additional risks including exchange rate fluctuation, political or economic instability, the imposition of exchange controls, expropriation, limited disclosure and illiquid markets.

Call Risk
Certain debt securities may be called (redeemed) at the option of the issuer at a specified price before reaching their stated maturity date. Call risk is the risk, especially during periods of falling interest rates, that an issuer will call or repay a higher-yielding bond debt security before its maturity date, forcing the Fund to reinvest in bonds with lower interest rates than the original obligations.

Liquidity Risk
Securities purchased by the Fund that are liquid at the time of purchase may subsequently become illiquid due to, among other things, events relating to the issuer of the securities (e.g., changes to the market's perception of the credit quality of the issuer), market events, economic conditions, investor perceptions or lack of market participants. The Fund may be unable to sell illiquid securities on short notice or only at a price below current value.

Municipal Securities Risk
Municipal securities risks include the ability of the issuer to repay the obligation, the relative lack of information about certain issuers, and the possibility of future tax and legislative changes which could affect the market for and value of municipal securities.

Derivatives Risk
Derivatives are instruments, such as futures and forward contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives may carry more risk than other types of investments. Derivatives are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, and the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and in some cases the Fund could lose more than the principal amount invested.  The use of some derivatives requires the Fund to segregate liquid assets to cover the Fund›s obligations under the derivative agreements or as required by regulations.  

Nebraska State-Specific Risk
Because the Fund invests primarily in Nebraska municipal securities, the Fund is more vulnerable to unfavorable economic, political or regulatory developments in Nebraska than are funds that invest in municipal securities of many states.  These developments may include economic or political policy changes, tax base erosion, state limits on tax increases, budget deficits and other financial difficulties, as well as changes in the credit ratings assigned to the state›s municipal issuers.  Neither the State of Nebraska nor its agencies may issue general obligation bonds secured by the full faith and credit of the State.  In addition, the economy of the State is heavily agricultural and changes in the agricultural sector may adversely affect taxes and other municipal revenues.  The State and its issuers may also be adversely affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, including negative financial impact on the State›s municipal issuers.

Tax Exempt Risk
The Fund seeks income that is exempt from federal and Nebraska personal income taxes, but income from the Fund may be subject to federal alternative minimum tax and capital gains taxes. There is no guarantee that the Fund’s income will remain exempt from federal or state income taxes. Income from municipal bonds held by the Fund could be declared taxable because of unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer.

Non-diversified Risk
The Fund is considered non-diversified, which means that it may invest a greater percentage of its assets in the securities of particular issuers as compared with other mutual funds. As such, the fund’s performance may be hurt disproportionately by the poor performance of relatively few securities.

Failure to Meet Investment Objective
There can be no assurance that the Fund will meet its investment objective.

An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.

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