Excerpt from “The Bond Buyer”…
Shocking surge: Municipal bonds strength based on several fluid factors
By Chip Barnett
July 01 2019
With under a $1 billion of bonds and notes selling this week, municipal bond investors were looking beyond the week’s offerings — to fundamentals and performance.
So far this year, muni yields have declined to an almost shocking extent, according to George Friedlander, Managing Partner at Court Street Group.
He cites a recent report by John Mousseau, CEO of Cumberland Advisors that shows the magnitude of the decline in absolute and relative yields since the beginning of the year.
Mousseau noted that muni yields have dropped sharply when measured either using MMD or MMA benchmarks. Since the beginning of the year 10-year muni yields are down 63 basis points; 30-year muni yields are down by as much as 67 basis points; 10-year muni yields as a percentage of Treasury yields have dropped from 84% to 79% using MMD; and 93% to 90% using MMA; and 30-year yields have dropped from 100% to 90% using MMD and from 105% to 96% using MMA.
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