Investment Objective and Strategy
The primary investment objective of the Fund is to provide investors with the maximum income exempt from federal income taxes while avoiding undue risk to principal. Capital appreciation is a secondary objective.
To achieve the Fund’s investment objectives, under normal conditions, the Adviser invests at least 80% of the Fund’s assets in securities the income of which is exempt from regular federal income taxation and will not subject non-corporate shareholders to the alternative minimum tax. The Fund invests primarily in investment grade municipal bonds and expects to maintain an average maturity of between 7 and 20 years.
Average Annual Returns as of 10/31/14
|YTD||1 Yr||3 Yr||5 Yr||10 Yr|
|Tax Exempt Fund||7.26%||6.54%||3.83%||4.06%||3.00%|
|Barclays Capital Municipal Bond Index||8.32%||7.82%||4.92%||5.26%||4.70%|
|Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds||9.33%||8.80%||5.40%||5.33%||4.04%|
|Lipper Ranking as of 10/31/14||-||220/255||212/233||191/207||148/158|
|Gross / Net Expense Ratio: 1.08%/0.83%*
|VLHYX||BC Muni Bond Index||LMCGI|
|Gross / Net Expense Ratio: 1.08%/0.83%* (as of 02/28/14)
Morningstar as of 10/31/14
|Category||Muni National Long|
|3 Year||of 238 Funds|
|5 Year||of 216 Funds|
|10 Year||of 177 Funds|
|Overall||of 238 Funds|
* For the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, EULAV Securities LLC (the "Distributor") contractually agreed to waive the Fund's 12b-1 fee in an amount equal to 0.25% of the Fund's average daily net assets. The waiver cannot be modified or terminated before June 30, 2015 without the approval of the Fund's Board of Directors. The Fund's performance would be lower in the absence of such waivers.
The performance data quoted herein represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Market volatility can dramatically impact the fund's short term performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than figures shown. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Past performance data through the most recent month end is available at vlfunds.com or by calling 1-800-243-2729.
You should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of Value Line Mutual Funds before investing. This and other information can be found in the fund's prospectus and summary prospectus, which can be obtained free of charge from your investment representative, by calling 800.243.2729, or by clicking on the applicable fund at www.vlfunds.com. Please read it carefully before you invest or send money. The inception dates of Value Line Mutual Funds range from 1950 to 1993. Value Line Mutual Funds are distributed by EULAV Securities LLC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Portfolio holdings are subject to change and should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell securities. Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to risk.
The average annual returns shown above are historical and reflect changes in share price, reinvested dividends and are net of expenses. Investment results and the principal value of an investment will vary.
The Morningstar Rating™ for funds methodology rates funds based on an enhanced Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure, which also accounts for the effects of all sales charges, loads, or redemption fees. Funds are ranked by their Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return scores and stars are assigned using the following scale: 5 stars for top 10%; 4 stars next 22.5%; 3 stars next 35%; 2 stars next 22.5%; 1 star for bottom 10%. Funds are rated for up to three periods: the trailing three-, five-, and 10-years. For a fund that does not change categories during the evaluation period, the overall rating is calculated using the following weights: At least 3 years, but less than 5 years uses 100% three-year rating. At least 5 years but less than 10 years uses 60% five-year rating / 40% three-year rating. At least 10 years uses 50% ten-year rating / 30% five-year rating / 20% three-year rating. VALSX (3yr / 4 stars / 637 funds; 5yr / 3 stars / 563; 10yr / 4 stars / 417). VLEOX (3yr / 5 stars / 637; 5yr / 4 stars / 563; 10yr / 4 stars / 417). VLIFX (3yr / 4 stars / 637; 5yr / 2 stars / 563; 10yr / 1 star / 417). VALLX (3yr / 3 stars / 1488; 5yr / 2 stars / 1308; 10yr / 2 stars / 863). VLAAX (3yr / 5 stars / 330; 5yr / 5 stars / 308; 10yr / 5stars / 123). VALIX (3 yr / 3 stars / 789; 5yr / 3 stars / 705; 10yr / 5 stars / 422). VAGIX (3yr / 5 stars /1005; 5yr / 3 stars /873; 10yr / 5 stars / 616). VLHYX (3yr / 2 stars / 221; 5yr / 1star / 207; 10yr / 1 star / 171).