“Spring” Up in Yields

Municipal Market Update | March 2024

The municipal bond market saw a leap up in front-end yields, while seeing a less drastic move higher in the long end. Front-end yields increased over 20 basis points (bps), while the Bloomberg 1-15 Year Municipal Index saw closer to a 10 bp increase.

On a month-to-month basis, yields have crept higher each month following the record rally at the end of 2023.

Major Municipal Bond Index Returns (%)

Municipal & Tax Equivalent Yields (%)

Treasuries and AA munis saw an increase in yields across the board. Single A front-end munis saw the most dramatic move up; however, long-end single A munis saw a slight move lower. Value continues to persist in short maturities and past 10-year calls.

While the municipals/Treasury yield ratios remain challenging, we continue to see value in high grade municipals, particularly versus longer duration corporate bonds.

Yield Curve (%)

The ongoing yield curve inversion from 3 to 10 years, as seen below, suggests that a barbell strategy centered around 1 to 2 year and 12+ year maturities is increasingly appealing.

Municipal/Treasury Ratios (%)

The wider spreads between the below data points indicate a steeper municipal curve compared to Treasuries.

Learn more about SBH’s Municipal Strategies.

Source: All data from Bloomberg as of 3/28/24.

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