The iShares National Muni Bond ETF (MUB) and the JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. MUB is a iShares Muni National Interm fund and JPST is a JPMorgan Ultrashort Bond fund. So, what’s the difference between MUB and JPST? And which fund is better?
The expense ratio of MUB is 0.11 percentage points lower than JPST’s (0.07% vs. 0.18%). MUB is mostly comprised of AA bonds and JPST has a high exposure to A bond. Overall, MUB has provided higher returns than JPST over the past 3 years.
In this article, we’ll compare MUB vs. JPST. We’ll look at holdings and performance, as well as at their portfolio growth and risk metrics. Moreover, I’ll also discuss MUB’s and JPST’s fund composition, industry exposure, and annual returns and examine how these affect their overall returns.
|Name||iShares National Muni Bond ETF||JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF|
|Category||Muni National Interm||Ultrashort Bond|
The iShares National Muni Bond ETF (MUB) is a Muni National Interm fund that is issued by iShares. It currently has 22.71B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 4.04% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 1.96% with an expense ratio of 0.07%.
The JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST) is a Ultrashort Bond fund that is issued by JPMorgan. It currently has 17.32B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 2.57% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.94% with an expense ratio of 0.18%.
MUB’s dividend yield is 1.02% higher than that of JPST (1.96% vs. 0.94%). Also, MUB yielded on average 1.46% more per year over the past decade (4.04% vs. 2.57%). The expense ratio of MUB is 0.11 percentage points lower than JPST’s (0.07% vs. 0.18%).
|MUB Bond Sectors||Weight|
MUB’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of AA, AAA, A, BBB, and Others at 60.38%, 18.39%, 15.04%, 6.0%, and 0.17%. The fund is less weighted towards BB (0.02%), Below B (0.0%), and B (0.0%) rated bonds.
|JPST Bond Sectors||Weight|
JPST’s Top Bond Sectors are ratings of A, BBB, AAA, AA, and Others at 39.21%, 36.75%, 14.9%, 9.14%, and 0.0%. The fund is less weighted towards Below B (0.0%), B (0.0%), and BB (0.0%) rated bonds.
The iShares National Muni Bond ETF (MUB) has a R-squared of 99 with a Sharpe Ratio of 0.88 and a Beta of 1.01. Its Alpha is -0.46 while MUB’s Mean Return is 0.32. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 3.2 and a Standard Deviation of 3.68.
The JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST) has a Sharpe Ratio of 0 with a Alpha of 0 and a Standard Deviation of 0. Its Beta is 0 while JPST’s R-squared is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a Treynor Ratio of 0 and a Mean Return of 0.
MUB’s Mean Return is 0.32 points higher than that of JPST and its R-squared is 99.00 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 3.68, MUB is slightly more volatile than JPST. The Alpha and Beta of MUB are 0.46 points lower and 1.01 points higher than JPST’s Alpha and Beta.
MUB had its best year in 2011 with an annual return of 10.85%. MUB’s worst year over the past decade yielded -3.26% and occurred in 2013. In most years the iShares National Muni Bond ETF provided moderate returns such as in 2015, 2017, and 2020 where annual returns amounted to 2.99%, 4.61%, and 4.87% respectively.
The year 2019 was the strongest year for JPST, returning 3.36% on an annual basis. The poorest year for JPST in the last ten years was 2017, with a yield of 0.0%. Most years the JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2013, 2012, and 2011, when gains were 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0% respectively.
|Fund||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR|
A $10,000 investment in MUB would have resulted in a final balance of $11,347. This is a profit of $1,347 over 3 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.04%.
With a $10,000 investment in JPST, the end total would have been $10,791. This equates to a $791 profit over 3 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.57%.
MUB’s CAGR is 1.46 percentage points higher than that of JPST and as a result, would have yielded $556 more on a $10,000 investment. Thus, MUB outperformed JPST by 1.46% annually.
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