Insights Addressing Municipal Market Volatility

Mar 23, 2020
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  • Similar to the previous week, last week’s municipal bond volatility remained heightened, and the asset class sold off.
  • The leverage squeeze from the week before sparked more forced selling throughout the week.
  • This coincided with normal seasonality in resets, pushing funding costs up significantly.
  • We continue to believe that this dislocation will prove to be temporary, not structural.
  • Bessemer's high-quality muni bias and Treasury position helped to mitigate the volatility.
  • As the volatility subsides, Bessemer will look to capitalize on attractive muni valuations.

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Kevin Akinskas
Managing Director and Head of Municipal Bonds
In this role, Kevin leverages the firm’s best thinking and works collaboratively with a team of highly experienced analysts and researchers to manage our municipal bond strategy and offering.