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HIGH-YIELD MUNICIPAL UPDATE

Broad bond market strength coupled with strong investor demand for yield has driven year-to-date strength in high-yield municipal bonds. We remain neutral on high-yield municipal bonds as more expensive valuations and greater interest rate sensitivity offsets above-average yields.

BREXIT & BONDS

High-quality bond strength is unlikely to fade soon, if history is a guide. A greater likelihood of central banks remaining marketfriendly for longer would provide fundamental support for high-quality bonds and the lower for longer theme.

MUNICIPALS BUCK THE SEASONAL TREND

Municipal bonds have dodged a seasonally weak June period, with notable gains so far in June 2016. A strong first half of June has pushed yields on 10- and 30-year municipal bonds to all-time lows, which should temper investor expectations for seasonal strength over July and August

BOND MARKET MESSAGES

The market is only pricing in a 23% chance of a rate hike by July, though Fed messaging continues to point toward a summer hike. The yield curve continues to indicate that the bond market is not yet comfortable with more rate hikes.

ECB CORPORATE PURCHASE PROGRAM

The ECB’s corporate bond purchase program will officially kick off this week, but potential impacts have largely been priced in

 
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