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SOHTX - Victory OH Municipal Bond A

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Victory OH Municipal Bond A (SOHTX)
Expense Ratio: 1.07%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $31,632.12


The Victory OH Municipal Bond A fund (SOHTX) is a Muni Ohio fund started on 5/18/1990 and has $87.50 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Victory OH Municipal Bond A since 9/22/1994. The fund is rated by Morningstar. This fund does not charge 12b-1 fees.

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iShares S&P National Municipal Bond (MUB)
Expense Ratio: 0.25%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $8,051.41


The iShares S&P National Municipal Bond (MUB) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Muni Ohio investment strategy and is an alternative to a Muni Ohio mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Victory OH Municipal Bond A because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Muni Ohio Funds Have Lower Fees Than Victory OH Municipal Bond A (SOHTX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AllianceBern Muni Income Ohio A AOHAX 8.0% 164 0.85%
AllianceBern Muni Income Ohio A AOHSZ 8.0% 164 0.85%
Dreyfus State Muni Bond OH A PSOHX 15.6% 149 0.96%
Eaton Vance OH Municipal Income A ETOHX 6.0% 214 0.76%
Federated OH Municipal Income F OMIFX 9.0% 179 0.90%
Fidelity Ohio Municipal Income FOHFX 8.0% 597 0.49%
Franklin OH Tax-Free Inc A FTOCZ 10.7% 1,700 0.63%
Franklin OH Tax-Free Inc A FTOIX 10.7% 1,700 0.63%
JPMorgan OH Municipal Bond A ONOHX 6.0% 247 0.89%
JPMorgan OH Municipal Bond Select HLOMX 6.0% 247 0.64%
Nuveen OH Municipal Bond A FOHTX 10.0% 556 0.82%
Nuveen OH Municipal Bond I NXOHX 10.0% 556 0.62%
Putnam OH Tax Exempt Income A PXOHX 11.0% 156 0.80%
Vanguard OH Long-Term Tax-Exempt VOHIX 20.0% 959 0.17%



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Generally, smaller funds do better than larger ones. The more assets in a mutual fund, the lower the chance that it will beat its index. Managers outperform an index by choosing stocks that are undervalued. In order to find these undervalued stocks, the manager has to know more than his competitors to develop an "edge." There are only a finite number of stocks a mutual fund manager can reasonably analyze and actively track to gain such a competitive edge. When the fund has more assets, the manager must analyze large companies because he needs to take larger positions. Large companies are more efficiently priced in the market and it becomes increasingly difficult to get an edge.

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