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VKLCX - Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc C

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Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc C (VKLCX)
Expense Ratio: 1.50%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $42,419.52


The Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc C fund (VKLCX) is a Muni National Interm fund started on 10/19/1993 and has $549.80 million in assets under management. The current manager has been running Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc C since 12/30/2009. The fund is rated by Morningstar. In addition to trading fees and broker commissions, this fund has 12b-1 fees of 1.00%

MarketRiders Prefers The Following ETF

Market Vectors Intermediate Muni ETF (ITM)
Expense Ratio: 0.24%
Expected Lifetime Fees: $7,737.49


The Market Vectors Intermediate Muni ETF (ITM) is an Exchange Traded Fund. It is a "basket" of securities that index the Muni National Interm investment strategy and is an alternative to a Muni National Interm mutual fund. Fees are very low compared to a comparable mutual fund like Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc C because computers automatically manage the stocks.




The Following Muni National Interm Funds Have Lower Fees Than Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc C (VKLCX). Why are these metrics important?
Mutual Fund Name Ticker Symbol Turnover Assets (M) Annual Fees
AllianceBern Municipal Bd Infl Strat A AUNAX 26.0% 444 0.80%
AllianceBern Municipal Bd Infl Strat Adv AUNYX 26.0% 444 0.50%
American Century IntermTrm Tx-Fr Bd A TWWOX 14.0% 3,500 0.73%
American Century IntermTrm Tx-Fr Bd Inst AXBIX 14.0% 3,500 0.28%
American Century IntermTrm Tx-Fr Bd Inv TWTIX 14.0% 3,500 0.48%
American Funds Ltd-Term Tx-Ex Bd A LTEBX 14.0% 2,900 0.60%
American Funds Ltd-Term Tx-Ex Bd B LTXBX 14.0% 2,900 1.31%
American Funds Ltd-Term Tx-Ex Bd C LTXCX 14.0% 2,900 1.36%
American Funds Ltd-Term Tx-Ex Bd F-1 LTXFX 14.0% 2,900 0.65%
American Funds Ltd-Term Tx-Ex Bd F-2 LTEFX 14.0% 2,900 0.38%
American Funds Tax-Exempt Bond A AFTEX 12.0% 9,300 0.55%
American Funds Tax-Exempt Bond B TEBFX 12.0% 9,300 1.30%
American Funds Tax-Exempt Bond C TEBCX 12.0% 9,300 1.35%
American Funds Tax-Exempt Bond F-1 AFTFX 12.0% 9,300 0.66%
American Funds Tax-Exempt Bond F-2 TEAFX 12.0% 9,300 0.41%
Baird Intermediate Muni Bd Inst BMBIX 8.0% 1,200 0.30%
Baird Intermediate Muni Bd Inv BMBSX 8.0% 1,200 0.55%
BlackRock Intermediate Municipal Instl MAMTX 30.0% 526 0.68%
BlackRock Intermediate Municipal Inv A MEESZ 30.0% 526 0.92%
BlackRock Intermediate Municipal Inv A1 MDMNZ 30.0% 526 0.78%
BNY Mellon Natl Interm Muni Bd Inv MINMX 39.9% 1,700 0.75%
BNY Mellon Natl Interm Muni Bd M MPNIX 39.9% 1,700 0.50%
Columbia Intermediate Muni Bond A LITAX 9.0% 2,700 0.74%
Columbia Intermediate Muni Bond A LTBCZ 9.0% 2,700 0.74%
Columbia Intermediate Muni Bond B LITBX 9.0% 2,700 1.39%
Columbia Intermediate Muni Bond C LITCX 9.0% 2,700 1.39%
Columbia Intermediate Muni Bond T GIMAX 9.0% 2,700 0.69%
Columbia Intermediate Muni Bond Z SETMX 9.0% 2,700 0.54%
Columbia Intermediate Muni Bond Z SETSZ 9.0% 2,700 0.54%
Commerce Natl Tax Free Interm Bd CFNLX 44.0% 225 0.70%
Delaware Tax-Free USA Intermediate A DMUSX 43.0% 875 0.75%
Dreyfus Intermediate Municipal Bond DITEX 21.5% 944 0.75%
Dreyfus/Standish Intermediate T/E Bd A DSDAX 27.7% 136 0.80%
Dreyfus/Standish Intermediate T/E Bd I SDITX 27.7% 136 0.45%
DWS Intermediate Tax/AMT Free A SZMAX 50.0% 1,700 0.76%
DWS Intermediate Tax/AMT Free Inst SZMIX 50.0% 1,700 0.49%
DWS Intermediate Tax/AMT Free S SCMTX 50.0% 1,700 0.60%
DWS Intermediate Tax/AMT Free S SCT1Z 50.0% 1,700 0.60%
Eaton Vance National Limited Maturity Municipal Income Fund Class I EINAX 16.0% 733 0.55%
Eaton Vance National Ltd Mat Muni Inc A EXNAX 16.0% 733 0.70%
Eaton Vance National Ltd Mat Muni Inc B ELNAX 16.0% 733 1.45%
Eaton Vance TxAdvtg Bd Strat IntermTrm I ETIIX 125.0% 270 0.70%
Federated Intermediate Municipal Instl FIMTX 30.0% 120 0.56%
Fidelity Advisor Int Muni Inc B FZIBX 14.0% 4,800 1.32%
Fidelity Advisor Int Muni Inc C FZICX 14.0% 4,800 1.46%
Fidelity Advisor Int Muni Inc I FZIIX 14.0% 4,800 0.44%
Fidelity Advisor Int Muni Inc T FZITX 14.0% 4,800 0.67%
Fidelity Intermediate Municipal Income FLTMX 14.0% 4,800 0.40%
Franklin Federal Interm-Term T/F Inc A FKICZ 6.0% 3,300 0.66%
Franklin Federal Interm-Term T/F Inc A FKITX 6.0% 3,300 0.66%
Franklin Federal Interm-Term T/F Inc Adv FITZX 6.0% 3,300 0.56%
Franklin Federal Interm-Term T/F Inc C FCITX 6.0% 3,300 1.21%
Frost Municipal Bond Inst FIMUX 10.0% 203 0.62%
HighMark National Interm Tax Free Bd A HMNFX 22.0% 105 0.77%
HighMark National Interm Tax Free Bd Fid HMNTX 22.0% 105 0.52%
Invesco Tax-Free Intermediate A ATFAX 11.0% 1,500 0.60%
Invesco Tax-Free Intermediate Y ATFYX 11.0% 1,500 0.35%
Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc A VKLMX 16.0% 550 0.75%
Invesco Van Kampen Int-Term Muni Inc Y VKLIX 16.0% 550 0.50%
ISI Managed Municipal A MUN1Z 10.0% 111 1.01%
ISI Managed Municipal Fund Class I MMFIX 10.0% 111 0.76%
JPMorgan Intermediate Tax Free Bd Instl JITIX 14.0% 5,100 0.51%
JPMorgan Intermediate Tax Free Bond A JITAX 14.0% 5,100 0.76%
JPMorgan Intermediate Tax Free Bond A JITSZ 14.0% 5,100 0.76%
JPMorgan Intermediate Tax Free Bond B JIFBX 14.0% 5,100 1.43%
JPMorgan Intermediate Tax Free Bond C JITCX 14.0% 5,100 1.43%
JPMorgan Intermediate Tax Free Bond Sel VSITX 14.0% 5,100 0.60%
JPMorgan Municipal Income A OTBAX 6.0% 717 0.88%
JPMorgan Municipal Income B OTBBX 6.0% 717 1.44%
JPMorgan Municipal Income C OMICX 6.0% 717 1.43%
JPMorgan Municipal Income Select HLTAX 6.0% 717 0.63%
JPMorgan Tax Aware Income Opportunities Fund Class A JTAAX 293.0% 192 0.75%
JPMorgan Tax Aware Income Opportunities Fund Select Class JTASX 293.0% 192 0.65%
JPMorgan Tax Aware Real Return A TXRAX 14.0% 3,200 0.75%
JPMorgan Tax Aware Real Return C TXRCX 14.0% 3,200 1.40%
JPMorgan Tax Aware Real Return Instl TXRIX 14.0% 3,200 0.50%
JPMorgan Tax Aware Real Return Sel TXRSX 14.0% 3,200 0.65%
Legg Mason WA Intermediate-Term Muni A SBLCZ 15.0% 2,900 0.72%
Legg Mason WA Intermediate-Term Muni C SMLLX 15.0% 2,900 1.32%
Legg Mason WA Intermediate-Term Muni I SBTYX 15.0% 2,900 0.56%
Lord Abbett Intermediate Tax Free A LISAX 38.8% 3,400 0.67%
Lord Abbett Intermediate Tax Free A LISSZ 38.8% 3,400 0.67%
Lord Abbett Intermediate Tax Free B LISBX 38.8% 3,400 1.47%
Lord Abbett Intermediate Tax Free C LISCX 38.8% 3,400 1.34%
Lord Abbett Intermediate Tax Free Fund Class I LAIIX 38.8% 3,400 0.47%
Managers AMG GW&K Municipal Bond Institutional Class GWMIX 26.0% 126 0.35%
Managers AMG GW&K Municipal Bond Investor Class GWMTX 26.0% 126 0.82%
Manning & Napier Diversified Tax Exempt Fund EXDVX 53.0% 331 0.60%
Neuberger Berman Muni Interm Bd Inv NMUIX 79.0% 139 0.65%
Neuberger Berman Municipal Intermediate Bond Fund Class A NMNAX 79.0% 139 0.87%
Neuberger Berman Municipal Intermediate Bond Fund Institutional Class NMNLX 79.0% 139 0.50%
Northern Intermediate Tax-Exempt NOITX 135.5% 2,200 0.45%
Nuveen Interm Duration Muni Bond A NMBAX 6.0% 3,700 0.74%
Nuveen Interm Duration Muni Bond B NUMBX 6.0% 3,700 1.49%
Nuveen Interm Duration Muni Bond C NNSCX 6.0% 3,700 1.29%
Nuveen Interm Duration Muni Bond I NUVBX 6.0% 3,700 0.54%
PNC Intermediate Tax Exempt Bond Fund Class A PTBIX 37.0% 142 0.82%
PNC National Tax-Exempt Bond I PTIIX 37.0% 142 0.54%
RidgeWorth Investment Grade T/E Bond A SISIX 199.0% 1,000 0.87%
RidgeWorth Investment Grade T/E Bond I STTBX 199.0% 1,000 0.59%
Russell Tax Exempt Bond E RTBEX 29.0% 682 0.80%
Russell Tax Exempt Bond Fund Class A RTEAX 29.0% 682 0.84%
Russell Tax Exempt Bond S RLVSX 29.0% 682 0.55%
Russell Tax Exempt Bond S RLVSZ 29.0% 682 0.55%
Schwab Tax-Free Bond SWNTX 128.0% 630 0.49%
SEI Tax-Exempt Intermediate Muni A SEIMX 23.0% 987 0.63%
SEI Tax-Exempt Tax-Advantaged Income A SEATX 19.0% 386 0.86%
T. Rowe Price Summit Municipal Interm PRSMX 17.0% 2,100 0.50%
Thornburg Intermediate Municipal A THIMX 18.3% 899 0.95%
Thornburg Intermediate Municipal A TIM1Z 18.3% 899 0.95%
Thornburg Intermediate Municipal C THMCX 18.3% 899 1.24%
Thornburg Intermediate Municipal Inst THMIX 18.3% 899 0.63%
TIAA-CREF Tax-Exempt Bond Inst TITIX 59.0% 360 0.35%
TIAA-CREF Tax-Exempt Bond Retail TIXRX 59.0% 360 0.55%
Vanguard High-Yield Tax-Exempt VWAHX 19.0% 7,200 0.20%
Vanguard High-Yield Tax-Exempt Adm VWALX 19.0% 7,200 0.12%
Vanguard Interm-Term Tx-Ex Adm VWIUX 15.0% 35,300 0.12%
Vanguard Interm-Term Tx-Ex Inv VWITX 15.0% 35,300 0.20%
Victory National Municipal Bond A VNMAX 133.0% 145 0.99%
Virtus Tax-Exempt Bond A HXBSZ 59.0% 301 0.98%
Virtus Tax-Exempt Bond I HXBIX 59.0% 301 0.78%
Wells Fargo Advantage Interm T/AmtF Adm WFITX 52.0% 1,600 0.60%
Wells Fargo Advantage Interm T/AmtF Inst WITIX 52.0% 1,600 0.42%
Wells Fargo Advantage Interm T/AmtF Inv SIMBX 52.0% 1,600 0.73%



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