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Symbol: MFSSX   CUSIP:  55273N806   Newspaper Abbreviation: MuMAA   Fund number: 45  
Daily NAV:  $11.03  (as of 4/22/14)
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Fund Profile S3

Seeking income exempt from federal and state income taxes

The fund seeks to provide double tax-free income (income that is exempt from federal and state taxes) for in-state residents. Management seeks to drive performance through sector/security selection and quantitative analysis of the yield curve.

Objective:

Seeks total return with an emphasis on income exempt from federal income tax and Massachusetts personal income tax, if any, but also considering capital appreciation.

Important Risk Considerations

 

  • Classification: Tax-Exempt Bond
  • Fiscal Year End:  MARCH
  • Fund Commencement: 4/9/85  
  • Class Inception: 4/9/85  
  • CUSIP:  55273N806  
  • Newspaper Abbreviation: MuMAA  
  • Net Assets:  $235.66 million (as of 3/31/14)
  • Maximum Sales Charge:  4.75%

Portfolio Facts:

 
Portfolio characteristic data are based on unaudited net assets.

 
The portfolio is actively managed, and current holdings may be different.

 
Portfolio Structure
(on 3/31/14)
Municipals 100.00%
Cash & Other1 0.00%
Portfolio Statistics
(on 3/31/14)
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Average Effective Maturity 16.84 yrs
Average Effective Duration 9.07 yrs
 
Top 10 Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
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Full & Historical Holdings
MA State College Building Authority Cap Apprec-Ref-Ser B 0.000 MAY 01 22
Commonwealth of MA Cons Ln-Ser C 5.000 AUG 01 32
Commonwealth of MA Accelerated Bridge Program-Ser 5.000 JUN 01 23
MA Health & Educational Facilities Authority MIT-Ser M 5.250 JUL 01 21
Commonwealth of MA Ref-Ser C 5.500 DEC 01 19
MA Development Finance Agency Boston College-Ser R-1 5.000 JUL 01 24
MA Health & Educational Facilities Authority Sterling & Francine Clark Art 5.000 JUL 01 30
University of MA Building Authority Sr Ser 1 5.000 NOV 01 19
MA Educational Financing Authority Issue I-Ser A 5.500 JAN 01 22
MA Development Finance Agency Williams Clg-Ser P 5.000 JUL 01 43

19.18% of total net assets
Total number of holdings: 181
Credit Quality
(% of Total Net Assets on 3/31/14)
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AAA 12.90%
AA 40.47%
A 24.35%
BBB 15.36%
BB 3.46%
B 1.38%
Other Not Rated 2.07%
 
 

Portfolio characteristics are based on equivalent exposure, which measures how a portfolio's value would change due to price changes in an asset held either directly or, in the case of a derivative contract, indirectly. The market value of the holding may differ.

 

1 Cash and other assets are less liabilities.

 
 

Morningstar RatingTM: As of 3/31/14

Morningstar Category: Muni Massachusetts
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Number of funds in Muni Massachusetts: 64 64 62 54

For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Within each asset class, the top 10%, the next 22.5%, 35%, 22.5%, and the bottom 10% receive 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 star, respectively. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) Each fund is rated exclusively against U.S. domiciled funds. The Overall Morningstar Rating™ is based on the weighted average of the number of stars assigned to the fund's applicable time periods. In cases where the fund has changed investment categories, its historical information is given less weight. If the fund has been in existence at least 10 years, the 10-year rating accounts for 50%, the 5-year for 30%, and the 3-year for 20%. If the fund has been in existence at least 5 years, but less than 10 years, the 5-year rating accounts for 60% and the 3-year for 40%. If the fund has been in existence for 3 years, but less than 5 years, the 3-year rating accounts for 100%. Morningstar rankings may vary among share classes and are based on historical total returns, which are not indicative of future results.

Load-waived (LW) Class A share star ratings do not include any front-end sales load and are intended for those investors who have access to such purchase terms (e.g., plan participants of a defined contribution plan). Not all A share mutual funds for which Morningstar calculates a load-waived A share star rating may actually waive their front-end sales load. Therefore, Morningstar strongly encourages investors to contact their investment professional to determine whether they are eligible to purchase the A share without paying the front load.

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S3 A small portion of income may be subject to state, federal, and/or alternative minimum tax. Capital gains, if any, are subject to a capital gains tax.

 
Important Risk Considerations

 
The fund may not achieve its objective and/or you could lose money on your investment in the fund.

 
Investments in debt instruments may decline in value as the result of declines in the credit quality of the issuer, borrower, counterparty, underlying collateral, or changes in economic, political, issuer-specific, or other conditions. Certain types of debt instruments can be more sensitive to these factors and therefore more volatile. In addition, debt instruments entail interest rate risk (as interest rates rise, prices usually fall), therefore the Fund's share price may decline during rising rate environments as the underlying debt instruments in the portfolio adjust to the rise in rates. Funds that consist of debt instruments with longer durations are generally more sensitive to a rise in interest rates than those with shorter durations. At times, and particularly during periods of market turmoil, all or a large portion of segments of the market may not have an active trading market. As a result, it may be difficult to value these investments and it may not be possible to sell a particular investment or type of investment at any particular time or at an acceptable price.

 
Investments in derivatives can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying indicator(s) on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty and liquidity risk.

 
Investments in municipal instruments can be volatile and significantly affected by adverse tax or court rulings, legislative or political changes, market and economic conditions, issuer, industry-specific (including the credit quality of municipal insurers), and other conditions.

 
The fund’s performance could be closely tied to the economic, political, and other conditions in the state and U.S. territories and possessions in which the fund invests and could be more volatile than the performance of more geographically diversified funds.

 
Please see the prospectus for further information on these and other risk considerations.

 
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