Municipal Monthly

Monthly Municipal Market Update, April 2022

A brief update on what's happening in the municipal bond market.

Figure 1 is a table showing AAA Municipal Market Data (MMD) yields, U.S. Treasury yields, and taxable-equivalent municipal yields as of April month-end, specifically at the two-year, five-year, 10-year and 30-year tenors of each curve. Municipal yields across the AAA MMD curve followed Treasury yields higher in April, with increases ranging from 46 basis points (bps) at the 2-year tenor to 52 bps at the 30-year tenor. The table also shows that taxable-equivalent yields on AAA municipal bonds ranged from 3.75% for the 2-year tenor to 5.15% for the 30-year tenor in April. Taxable-equivalent yield assumes 37% federal income tax and 3.8% Medicare investment tax. A separate box below the table includes data showing that municipal issuance decreased by $8.8 billion month-over-month. Finally, the chart shows year-to-date returns for both investment grade munis and high yield munis, each of which have experienced negative returns.

April month in review

The equity market sell-off accelerated in April amid uncertainty surrounding the path of the U.S. economy. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average each recorded their worst month of performance since March 2020, while the Nasdaq Composite index logged its poorest performance since October 2008.

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