With yields at low levels, and set to be lower for longer, investors – especially those in the highest tax brackets ‒ are increasingly looking to the high yield municipal bond market for attractive after-tax income. Dave Hammer, municipal bond portfolio manager, and Sean McCarthy, head of the municipal credit research team, discuss PIMCO’s outlook for the high yield muni market, the themes that contributed to PIMCO High Yield Municipal Bond Fund’s significant outperformance – and why rigorous, forward-looking credit selection is the key to generating alpha.

Q: Can you comment on what’s been happening in the high yield municipal market? Are you finding value?

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Past rankings are no guarantee of future rankings . Fund rankings: 1Yr. 1 out of 190; 3Yrs. 32 out of 167, and; 5Yrs. 59 out of 149. Morningstar Ranking for the High Yield Muni category as of 31 March 2016 for the Institutional Class Shares; 1Yr. 9 out of 191; 3Yrs. 61 out of 164, and; 5Yrs. 70 out of 158. Morningstar Ranking for the High Yield Muni category as of 31 December 2015 for the Institutional Class Shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. The Morningstar Rankings are calculated by Morningstar and are based on the total return performance, with distributions reinvested and operating expenses deducted. Morningstar does not take into account sales charges.

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