The muni bond advantage

With interest rates on Treasuries near long-term lows, it may be time to consider the potential of tax-exempt municipal bonds. Try the tool and explore Putnam municipal bond funds.

Data as of 12/31/20. Sources: U.S. Treasury, Barclays Municipal Credit Research, Standard & Poor's, The Tax Foundation, and U.S. Census (estimated data). State municipal bond yields represented the yield to worst of the Barclays Municipal Bond Index from that state. Muni yield figures do not reflect the potential effects of the alternative minimum tax. Credit ratings are by Standard & Poor's, and are subject to change. While all bonds have risks, municipal bonds may have a higher level of credit risk as compared with government bonds and CDs. Yields shown are not indicative of the performance of any particular investment, and it is not possible to invest directly in an index. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Explore Putnam's 4- and 5-star rated municipal bond funds

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Strategic Intermediate Municipal Fund (PAMYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 249 funds in the Muni National Interm category based on total return as of 11/30/20

California Tax Exempt Income Fund (PCIYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 95 funds in the Muni California Long category based on total return as of 11/30/20

Massachusetts Tax Exempt Income Fund (PMAYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 44 funds in the Muni Massachusetts category based on total return as of 11/30/20

Minnesota Tax Exempt Income Fund (PMNYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 45 funds in the Muni Minnesota category based on total return as of 11/30/20

New Jersey Tax Exempt Income Fund (PNJYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 46 funds in the Muni New Jersey category based on total return as of 11/30/20

Ohio Tax Exempt Income Fund (POTYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 26 funds in the Muni Ohio category based on total return as of 11/30/20

Pennsylvania Tax Exempt Income Fund (PPTYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 49 funds in the Muni Pennsylvania category based on total return as of 11/30/20

Tax-Free High Yield Fund (PTFYX)

This fund received a Overall Morningstar Rating out of 177 funds in the High Yield Muni category based on total return as of 11/30/20

Insights and outlook on taxes

Putnam offers timely insights on the evolution of the municipal bond market and our outlook for taxes over the coming years.