MBNE combines advantages of federal tax-free income from municipal bonds with active management and ESG criteria
BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), today announced the launch of the SPDR Nuveen Municipal Bond ESG ETF (MBNE). Sub-advised by Nuveen, a recognized leader in the municipal bond market, MBNE is actively managed and is designed to invest in municipal securities from issuers that are leaders in their sector in delivering environmental, social and governance (ESG) outcomes or whose proceeds are used towards positive environmental or social projects.
“The prospect of higher taxes coupled with rising uncertainty surrounding future interest rate hikes have increased demand for actively managed municipal bond ETFs,” said Brie Williams, head of practice management at State Street Global Advisors. “At the same time demand for municipal bond exposure is growing, investors are increasingly looking beyond equities for ESG exposure, which is why we’re excited about the expansion of our SPDR ETF municipal bond lineup and the partnership we’ve built with Nuveen to launch MBNE.”
With over seven decades of collective experience investing in municipal bonds, Tim Ryan, Shawn O’Leary and David Blair will leverage Nuveen’s proprietary ESG Municipal Bond Scoring Tool to select bonds from issuers that are leaders in environmental stewardship, strong governance and positive social outcomes. The strategy will primarily consist of investment-grade, tax-exempt municipal securities ranging from 2 to 17 years in maturity issued by U.S. municipalities. To identify potential municipal bonds for investment, Nuveen utilizes a value-oriented strategy which is designed to identify higher-yielding and undervalued municipal bonds that offer above-average total return potential.
“As investors become more familiar with ESG-integrated strategies, Nuveen has created a proprietary framework that is designed to identify the municipal bond issuers that support income generation for investors and achieve positive ESG outcomes in their communities,” said Tim Ryan, municipal portfolio manager at Nuveen. “The fund is also designed to provide exposure to bonds whose proceeds are used towards positive environmental or social projects addressing critical issues including climate change, environmental degradation, inequality, poverty, and justice and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
SSGA Funds Management, Inc. serves as investment adviser to MBNE and Nuveen Asset Management, LLC serves as investment sub-adviser to MBNE.
For more information on the SPDR Nuveen Municipal Bond ESG ETF, visit www.ssga.com/etfs.
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Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, offers a comprehensive range of outcome-focused investment solutions designed to secure the long-term financial goals of institutional and individual investors. Nuveen has $1.3 trillion in assets under management as of 31 Dec 2021 and operations in 27 countries. Its investment specialists offer deep expertise across a comprehensive range of traditional and alternative investments through a wide array of vehicles and customized strategies. For more information, please visit www.nuveen.com.
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