CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - April 7, 2015) - BMO Intermediate Tax-Free Fund has been named best fund over 10 years1 in the intermediate municipal debt funds category at the 2015 Lipper Fund Awards.
The annual Lipper Fund Awards honor asset managers and individual mutual funds in the U.S. that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.
"Being recognized in this category, and for a time period of this length, is a testament to the expertise and commitment of the Fund's management team as well as the quality, consistency and strength of our entire organization," said Craig Rawlins, Chief Investment Officer, BMO Global Asset Management. "The breadth of our capabilities provides us with the unique ability to create innovative investment solutions that meet evolving client needs and deliver results."
Mr. Rawlins noted that this recognition follows the announcement in February that BMO Funds has been recognized as one of the top performers2 in 2014 in the annual Barron's/Lipper Fund Family Ranking, coming in second among U.S. fund providers.
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The BMO Funds are a global family of actively managed mutual funds. The firm's funds span the risk/reward spectrum and include: U.S., non-U.S. and global equity funds, U.S. (taxable and tax-free) and emerging markets fixed income funds, money market funds, and a range of multi-asset funds offering outcome-oriented solutions for investors. The family of funds is managed by a multi-disciplined team based in Chicago and Milwaukee, and by a network of world-class boutique managers, which are strategically located across the globe. This network includes Monegy, Inc., Pyrford International Ltd., LGM Investments and Taplin, Canida & Habacht, LLC.
Established in 1992, BMO Funds are advised by BMO Asset Management Corp. Along with its subsidiary boutiques and affiliates, the advisor oversees more than $50 billion in assets under management. BMO Asset Management Corp is a part of BMO Financial Group, a fully diversified financial services organization with $672 billion CND total assets and more than 47,000 employees as of January 31, 2015.
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1) For the 1-year period ending 12/31/14, the BMO Intermediate Tax-Free Fund Y Shares ranked 42 out of 216 funds within Lipper's Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds category. For the 3-year period, Y Shares ranked 15 out of 182 funds. For the 5-year period, Y Shares ranked 22 out of 147 funds. For the 10-year period, Y Shares ranked 2 out of 102 funds. Fund inception date: 11/19/92.
2) BMO Funds did not rank in the Barron's survey in the last 5 and 10 year period.
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Amanda Robinson, Toronto