BBH Municipal Fixed Income Fact Sheet – Q4 2023

December 31, 2023
Portfolio Manager, Gregory Steier, provides an analysis of the investment environment and most recent quarter-end results of the Municipal Fixed Income strategy.

Credit Quality letter ratings are provided by Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch and are presented as the higher of the three ratings. When a security is not rated by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, or Fitch, the highest credit ratings from DBRS and Kroll may be used. Absent a rating from these agencies, we may display Private Credit ratings, if permitted by the issuer, which could include ratings from Egan-Jones Ratings Co. Credit ratings reflect the credit quality of the underlying issues in the portfolio and not the portfolio itself. Credit rating exposure and composition are subject to change.

Issues with credit ratings of BBB or better are considered to be investment grade, with adequate capacity to meet financial commitments. Issues with credit ratings below BBB are considered speculative in nature and are vulnerable to the possibility of issuer failure or business interruption.

Duration is a measure of the portfolio’s return sensitivity to changes in interest rates.

Yield to Maturity is the rate of return the portfolio would achieve if all purchased bonds and derivatives were held to maturity, assuming all coupon and principal payments are received as scheduled and reinvested at the same yield to maturity. This figure is subject to change and is not meant to represent the yield earned by any particular security. Yield to Maturity is before fees and expenses.

Yield to Worst is the lowest yield an investor can expect when there is optionality on the bond (i.e., call or put, etc.). Yield to Worst is before fees and expenses.

The Representative Account is managed with the same investment objectives and employs substantially the same investment philosophy and processes as the Strategy.

The Bloomberg 1-10 Year Municipal Blend Index is a market value-weighted index which covers the short and intermediate components of the Bloomberg Municipal Bond Index --an unmanaged, market value-weighted index which covers the U.S. investment-grade tax-exempt bond market.

The composition of the index is materially different than the Strategy’s holdings. An index is not available for direct investment.

“Bloomberg®” and the Bloomberg 1-10 Year Municipal Blend Index are service marks of Bloomberg Financial L.P. and its affiliates, including Bloomberg Index Services Limited (“BISL”), the administrator of the index (collectively, “Bloomberg”) and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by Brown Brothers Harriman & Co (BBH). Bloomberg is not affiliated with BBH, and Bloomberg does not approve, endorse, review, or recommend the BBH Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund. Bloomberg does not guarantee the timeliness, accurateness, or completeness of any data or information relating to the fund.

Gross of fee performance results for this composite do not reflect the deduction of investment advisory fees. Net of fees performance results reflect the deduction of the maximum investment advisory fees. Returns include all dividends and interest, other income, realized and unrealized gain, are net of all brokerage commissions and execution costs. Performance calculated in U.S. dollars.

Risks

Investors should be able to withstand short-term fluctuations in the fixed income markets in return for potentially higher returns over the long term. The value of portfolios changes every day and can be affected by changes in interest rates, general market conditions, and other political, social, and economic developments.

Bond prices may be sensitive to changes in interest rates and a rise in interest rates can cause a decline in their prices. Investing in the bond market is subject to certain risks including market, interest-rate, issuer, maturity, call, credit, and inflation risk; investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed.

Income from municipal bonds may be subject to state and local taxes and, at times, the alternative minimum tax.

The Strategy invests in derivative investments, investments whose values depend on the performance of the underlying security, assets, interest rate, index, or currency and entail potentially higher volatility and risk of loss compared to traditional stock or bond investments.

Foreign investing involves special risks including currency risk, increased volatility, political risks, and differences in auditing and other financial standards.

As the Strategy’s exposure in any one municipal revenue sector backed by revenues from similar types of projects increases, the Strategy will also become more sensitive to adverse economic, business, or political developments relevant to these projects.

There can be no assurance the Strategy will achieve its investment objectives.

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The objective of our Municipal Fixed Income Strategy is to deliver excellent after-tax returns in excess of industry benchmarks through market cycles. The Composite includes all fully discretionary, fee-paying municipal fixed income accounts with an initial investment equal to or greater than $5 million that are managed to an average duration of approximately 4.5 years. Portfolios that subsequently fall below $4.5 million are excluded from the Composite.

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