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November 29, 2022




Macro update



The November Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes show that most officials believe the pace of future rate hikes may slow, but the fight against inflation isn’t done and rates could end up higher than originally expected.


Political unrest and a possible COVID-19 lockdown in China are adding to recession risks. These risks have already been priced into the bond market, with the two- to 10-year spread being the most inverted it’s been in decades.


The next monthly jobs number will be an important economic indicator, signaling if the Fed’s aggressive tightening policy is slowing down the labor market enough.



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Municipal bond update



Benchmark AAA yields declined across the curve -10/-18/ -5/ 0 in the 2-year, 5-year, 10-year, and 30-year part of the curve.  Muni yields are up significantly on the year by +241/+215/+183/+210 bps YTD as of 11/25/22 (Per Thomson Reuters MMD). 


Munis returned 0.38% last week, compared with 0.86% for the US Treasury index. November has been a strong month, with municipals returning 4.06% and US Treasuries returning 2.36%. However, respective YTD performance is -9.32% and -12.28% (Bloomberg, 11/28/2022).


Outflows of -$438 million were recorded for the week ending November 23, 2022. Outflows this year have totaled -$113 billion (Lipper, 11/23/2022).


Municipals are still offering attractive yields despite the move lower in yields this month.



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Corporate bond update



The ICE BofA/Merrill Lynch 1–10 Year US Corporate Index returned 0.65% for the week and 2.78% month to date. The index outperformed like-duration treasuries on an excess-return basis by 0.20% for the week and 1.27% month to date (Bloomberg, 11/25/2022).  


Investment-grade (IG) one- to 10-year corporate spreads compressed by four bps from 134 bps to 130 bps versus US Treasuries week over week (Bloomberg, 11/25/2022).


IG mutual funds and ETFs experienced inflows of $700 million last week, an increase of $300 million. Corporate only funds experienced inflows of $3.1 billion following last week’s inflows of $2.6 billion (JPMorgan, 11/25/2022).


IG corporate bond yields, as measured by the ICE BofA/Merrill Lynch 1–10 Year US Corporate Index, fell 66 bps from their most recent highs but remain 200% above the 10-year average (Bloomberg, 11/25/2022).




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An imbalance in supply and demand in the municipal market may result in valuation uncertainties and greater volatility, less liquidity, widening credit spreads, and a lack of price transparency in the market. There generally is limited public information about municipal issuers. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Longer-term bonds typically are more sensitive to interest-rate changes than shorter-term bonds. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of nonpayment of principal and interest. The value of income securities also may decline because of real or perceived concerns about the issuer’s ability to make principal and interest payments. 

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