CMO Market Update
May 3, 2021
Monthly Trade Summary
Analytics on April CMO trades exhibited some mean reversion in terms of WAL and Effective Duration after investors extended out notably in March. Customer purchases of fixed-rate CMOs in March projected to have a base case WAL of about 5 years. In April, new investments averaged a 3.8-year WAL, which is more in line with historical averages for our depository institution customers. Similarly, effective duration fell to 3.4. But yields were steady month-over-month, with projected yields on April purchases averaging 1.20%.
In terms of product trends, investors continue to seek out discount priced, low-coupon cuts, and it was the the 1.00% – 1.25% part of the stack that was in high demand during April. There was an increased appetite for traditional and jumbo Ginnie Mae collateral, and for G2SF 3 collateral in particular. Most trades with FNR or FHR issued bonds were 1.0% coupons off FNCI 1.5% collateral.
Activity in floating-rate CMOs has fallen off almost completely in the last two months after a decent run to start the year. Fixed-rate bonds accounted for the overwhelming majority of Agency CMO trades last month. When looking at trades by class type, PACs accounted for more than 50% of trades for the third month in a row. And a meaningful amount of TAC structures traded, accounting for most of the increase in the “Other” category by Class Type.
For more context on this sector, please see the CMO section from last week’s Investment Alternatives Matrix (as of 4/27/2021).
Travis Nauert, CFA
Analyst, Investment Strategies
Vining Sparks IBG, LP