The fund's objective is to seek a high level of income exempt from federal income tax by investing primarily in long-term, low- to upper-medium-quality municipal securities.
The fund invests a substantial portion of assets in below-investment-grade municipal or "junk" bonds and may buy bonds in default as long as they do not exceed 10% of assets. The fundís weighted average maturity is expected to exceed 10 years.
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The Tax-Free High Yield Fund has the highest potential for current income and capital appreciation of all of the T. Rowe Price federal tax-free funds. It offers the potential for a high level of tax-exempt income and some capital appreciation by investing in below-investment-grade bonds. These bonds tend to offer higher yields to compensate for a greater default risk.
Yield and share price will vary with interest rate changes. Investors should note that if interest rates rise significantly from current levels, bond fund total returns will decline and may even turn negative in the short term. In addition to their sensitivity to interest rates, high-yield bonds carry a significant level of credit risk.
* Annually we evaluate the standard deviation of each US mutual fund listed and its resulting placement within specific risk/return categories.
Methodology: If a fund is at least 5 year old, it is generally placed in risk/return categories based on the standard deviation of its performance for the longest period of its calendar year returns;
the longest time period used for analysis is 10 years (regardless of the fund's inception). If a fund is less than 5 years old, we generally use the fund's primary benchmark disclosed in its prospectus as a proxy and follow the same process of using 10-year standard deviation of the benchmark,
or longest time period available. The firm at its sole discretion may show a fund in a higher risk category based on qualitative or other factors that may differ from this methodology.
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