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September 2021 Monthly Muni Market Summary

Municipal Market Performance (total return basis) – Source: CreditSights as of 9/30/2021

  • ICE BofAML Muni Index (U0A0): September returns of -0.76%, YTD returns of 0.98%

    • HY Muni Index (U0HY) outperforms for the 6th month in a row: Sep returns of -0.67%, YTD returns of 5.2%

  • Ice BofAML Taxable Muni Index (DQTM): September returns of -1.65%, YTD returns of 0.77%

Muni Returns, Spreads, and Yields – Source: CreditSights, as of 10/4/2021

  • Yield to Worst (YTW) for the Muni index rose from 1.01% at the end of August to 1.16% at the end of September

  • Price return for Muni index fell 1.1%, marking the 3rd time this year the index had a negative price return

  • Excluding only the Municipal Pollution Control Revenue Bond Index, YTD total returns are still positive for the rest of the observable Muni universe

    • Recent market weakness has pushed YTD price returns for nearly all sector indices into negative territory

      • Price returns for BBB and HY indices still positive due to the cushion created from strong outperformance earlier in the year

  • As for coupon rate, following their lead up earlier in the year, zero coupon bonds are now leading the way down

    • Following two months of significant declines, the composite YTD returns for zeroes is still positive

Muni Demand and Supply – Source: CreditSights, Bloomberg as of 10/4/2021

  • Total volume on Thursday, September 30th was the heaviest of the year as customer buy trades continued to outweigh sells

    • Last time the par amount of sells exceeded buys was in December 2020

    • Total par amount of customer buy trades exceeded sell trades during the final week of the month by an average of $1.9bn per day, the highest in 6 weeks

  • September’s new issue volume was down 18% vs. September last year and 1% higher than August’s total

    • Net supply of bonds was negative in July and August (-$1.7bn and -$4.9bn, respectively) but spiked in September to $21.6bn

  • 7% of September’s new issuance was for “Green” bonds

  • Only 26% of September’s taxable muni bond issuance was to raise new money

    • YTD, new money borrowing makes up 33% of taxable issuance, up from last year’s 24% share

2021 Muni Outlook – Source: CreditSights, as of 10/4/2021

  • Unless there is a significant fall-off in the pace of new issuance, net supply is likely to be positive in October

  • For October, redeemed principal totals $29.9bn and interest totals $9.3bn

  • Based on YTD volume through the end of September, 2021’s total issuance is on pace to be about $485bn, which would be 6% higher than last year and a record high

  • Relative to corporate bonds, 10-year AA muni yields would have to fall 16 bps before they would be at parity with after-tax yields on comparable corporates

    • 10-year single-A munis would have to fall by 21 bps

    • Assuming the lower prevailing federal income tax rate of 21%, tax-exempt yields would have to fall by 30 bps (AA’s) and 37 bps (single-A’s)


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