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Monthly Muni Market Summary April 2021

Updated: Apr 16




Municipal Market Performance (total return basis) – Source: CreditSights as of 3/31/2021

  • ICE BofAML Muni Index (U0A0): March returns of 0.61%, YTD returns of -0.35%

  • Ice BofAML Taxable Muni Index (DQTM): March returns of -2.23%, YTD returns of -4.28%

Muni Spreads and Yields – Source: CreditSights, as of 4/6/2021

  • With the passage of the American Recovery Plan and the promise of aid for states and other municipalities, credit and sector spreads mostly tightened during March, though we believe there is room for further compression

  • Triple-B index tightened 7 bp, bringing YTD move to 36 bp while the High Yield Index came in by 3 bp with a YTD shift of 53 bp. Still believe the High Yield Index has further room to tighten

  • Spreads for Airport and Hospital Indices both tightened by 2 bp in March, with YTD narrowing of 19 bp and 11 bp, respectively. Airport Index is 23 bp wider than end of 2019, Hospital Index is 22 bp wider

  • Among sector indices, Multi-Family, Higher Education and Hospitals had best returns for March, but for the year only the Transportation and Airport Indices have positive returns

  • Effective yield for Muni index rallied from 1.63% at end of February to 1.58% at end of March, though yield is still higher than it was at the end of last year (1.53%)

  • Credit ratings for bonds in muni bond indices (IG and HY) were fairly stable during the Q1, with exception of the Port Authority of NY & NJ which was downgraded by Fitch on Jan 19th from AA- to A+

Muni Demand and Supply – Source: CreditSights, Bloomberg as of 4/1/2021

  • Pace of new issuance picked up, with percentage of muni supply being sold as taxable declining slightly in March

  • Muni demand is continuing to be fed by the flow of new money into mutual funds and ETFs

  • While the pace of inflows slowed down in March, muni mutual funds and ETFs pulled in a combined $5.6bn during the month and have added $29.3bn YTD

  • Continued absence of insurance companies, banks, and other corporate investors means liquidity in tax-exempt muni market continues to rely primarily on demand from individual investors

  • If individual demand stagnates or reverses, muni prices could experience a significant fall before tax-exempt yields become attractive to crossover investors

  • YTD issuance of taxable munis totals $27.1bn (25% of muni volume), down slightly from last year’s 31% of volume

2021 Muni Outlook – Source: CreditSights, as of 4/6/2021

  • Balance between supply and demand likely to shift in the coming months as April new issue supply is typically lower than March’s before picking up in May

  • Currently estimate May redemptions of $23.5bn, with June redemptions forecasted to be the heaviest of the year at $41.4bn

  • 3-month total for Summer Redemption Season (June, July, August) stands at an estimated $114bn

  • Coupon payments also expected to peak in June with issuers paying out $14.2bn in interest, bringing total amount of reinvestment flows to $55.6bn during the month

  • The continuation of demand through muni funds and ETFs, combined with the reinvestment demand in the coming months could compound the downward pressure on yields

  • While President Biden’s unofficial plan to increase the federal corporate income tax rate from 21% to 28% could stimulate corporate demand for muni bonds, based on current market conditions there is no expectation that the plan would have a significant impact on bank and insurance company demand

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