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    Green Grass And High Tides - Tuesday, 06/17/2014

    As we continue to ride the 2014 performance wave in the municipal bond market, a colleague suggested that I address one important cause of 2013's poor performance: defaults. I believe the price decline and outflows from municipal bond mutual funds, separate accounts, and ETFs were caused in part by the City of Detroit's Chapter 9 filing, downgrades of Puerto Rico, and downgrades of various other key issuers. However, according to the May 2014 update to the Moody's annual study, "U.S. Municipal Bond Default and Recoveries 1970-2013," I believe the municipal marketplace has been remarkably resilient.



    High Level View - Tuesday, 06/10/2014

    Much of the muni commentary these past several days has focused on what, to some, may have been the surprising and meaningful performance of the asset class as measured by the Barclays Municipal Bond Index: 5.91% year-to-date (YTD) as of 6/4/14. I believe the primary driver of performance this year has been the imbalance of newly issued municipal bonds coming to market to meet demand. However, the forward 30-day visible supply may now have reached what I believe to be meaningful levels.



    Reality Check - Friday, 05/30/2014

    Total new municipal bond issuance in the U.S. was $102 billion year-to-date (YTD) ending May 23, 2014. Tax-exempt municipal bond issuance was $93 billion during the same period. The difference between the two was taxable municipal bond issuance. Consider overlaying this data mentally with the recent performance of the municipal indices.



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