In the 4Q 2020 issue of our quarterly publication, we:Discuss the wild ride municipals took in 2020, including the impact of COVID-19, uncertainty around the presidential election, and record new issuance reached in the fourth quarter.Detail M&A issuance in the nonprofit health systems as well as pressures seen in higher education and transportation.Explain why comprehensive, careful credit research is so important.
In the 1Q 2020 issue of our quarterly publication, we:Discuss how IG muni credits are expected to weather the current market dislocation.Present views on the support of the CARES Act.Offer views on the spate of expected downgrades in the U.S. financials sector. In the first quarter of 2020, the municipal market experienced a decade of turbulence.
In the 4Q 2019 issue of our quarterly publication, we:Provide an overview of performance in the 4Q 2019 municipal market.Explain why demand is outpacing supply, municipal yield curves are flattening, and credit spreads are tightening.Explore why muni issuers are flocking to the taxable market.Supply is in demand Municipal fixed income returns for 2019 were strong in the fourth quarter and among the best of the decade for the full year.
In the 3Q 2019 issue of our quarterly publication, we discuss the latest developments in the municipal market.Municipal issuance picked up in the third quarter following muted supply the first half of the year; robust demand continued to outpace supply despite the increased issuance.Municipal issuers are increasingly turning to the taxable debt market to refund tax-exempt debt, a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
In the 1Q 2019 issue of our quarterly publication, we: Explore the state and local tax implications from the new tax reform legislation, from a market supply and demand perspective.Analyze the potential effects of the new tax law from a credit perspective.Provide data on the municipal market’s performance in the first quarter of the year.Strong technicals fueled first-quarter market performance as uplift from robust demand and moderate supply led to positive returns.