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 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.