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Ready to customize your approach to tax-exempt income? Elevate your practice with Nuveen's separately managed accounts offering tailored investment solutions designed to meet your clients' financial goals. Explore the strategies available to Edward Jones on the Advisory Solutions platform.

What is a separately managed account?

A separately managed account (SMA) is a portfolio of fixed income, equities, or other securities that can be customized to an individual investor’s objectives. Separately managed accounts provide the flexibility and control needed to express preferences when investing for a particular outcome.

Nuveen is one of the largest providers of municipal bond separately managed accounts,1 providing clients with access to the expertise of a leading portfolio management team with the flexibility to customize institutional-quality strategies.

Why municipal SMAs?

Our investment process

Fundamental credit research is the foundation of the investment process. The municipal team considers economic outlook, credit analysis, trading and yield curve analysis when determining overall investment strategy. Targets and guidelines are developed for duration, yield curve positioning, security structure, sectors and credit quality. Portfolio managers construct portfolios through close collaboration with the credit research analysts and traders.

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Municipal SMAs available at Edward Jones

Chart: Municipal SMAs available at Edward Jones


1 Cerulli Associates, The Cerulli Report, U.S. Managed Accounts 2023. Data as of 31 Dec 2022, updated annually; most recent data available. All asset manager data based on total assets, which includes proprietary program assets, but does not include model separate accounts.
2 Concentration in a small number of holdings may increase risk exposure. A $200,000 account in these strategies can typically holds 8-15 individual bonds, depending on the strategy, under normal circumstances. The number of bonds may vary and may be greater or fewer based on factors such as account size, client transactions and market conditions. Accordingly, one or more individual bonds may each represent greater than 10% of the account. A decline in value of any one or more individual bonds may have a material impact on the account value.
3 State specific portfolios hold only bonds from the client’s state of residence or U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam). State preference portfolios hold bonds from the client’s state of residence or U.S. territories, which together will account for a minimum of 50% of the portfolio. Out of-state bonds may total up to 50% of the portfolio. Nuveen seeks to purchase out-of-state bonds at an after-state-tax yield that is equivalent to or greater than a comparable in-state bond. Prospective clients and their financial professionals should consider that a state preference portfolio may provide a higher yield, better diversification and a shorter invest-up period than a state specific portfolio. The national preference portfolio is a national portfolio with a secondary preference to the client’s state of residence according to supply, relative value and strategic guidelines. The secondary preference will be filled opportunistically over time, if at all. We cannot guarantee the inclusion of any state of residence bonds.
A separately managed account (SMA) is a private portfolio of actively managed, individual securities that may be customized to achieve an individual investor's unique objectives. 

Important information on risk
All investments carry a certain degree of risk, including possible loss of principal, and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. An investment in any municipal portfolio should be made with an understanding of the risks of investing in municipal bonds, such as interest rate risk, credit risk, and market risk. The value of the portfolio will fluctuate based on the value of the underlying securities. Please contact a tax professional regarding the appropriateness of tax-exempt investments in your portfolio. Nuveen is not a tax professional. In addition, the callability of bonds may increase interest rate risk exposure in the laddered portfolios. Upon call, a client may be confronted with a less favorable interest rate environment than the one that existed when the original bond was purchased.

If sold prior to maturity, municipal securities are subject to gain/losses based on the level of interest rates, market conditions and the credit quality of the issuer. Income may be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT) and/or state and local taxes, based on the state of residence. Income from municipal bonds held by a portfolio could be declared taxable because of unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer. Some income may be subject to state and local taxes and to the federal alternative minimum tax. Capital gains, if any, are subject to tax.

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC is a registered investment adviser and an investment specialist of Nuveen, LLC.

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