March 17, 2020 —Financial markets have experienced extreme turmoil, with the damage not limited to the equity or taxable bond market. Typically viewed as a safe haven during times of stock market duress, munis have also experienced extreme levels of volatility that surpass 2008 crisis levels and are approaching October 1987 values.
In the 2Q 2019 issue of our quarterly publication, we:Assess the supply–demand imbalance in the municipal bond market and provide an overview of performance. Explore the credit stability of Illinois in the wake of the budget passage and remaining long-term challenges. Focus on other post-employment benefit liabilities—a growing municipal credit challenge.