CMO Market Update

January 3, 2022

Activity was light last week, but there was decent traction in the floating-rate space with some trades executed for a Fannie Mae SOFR floater with a current coupon of 0.25%. Fixed-rate activity continues to center around cut coupons ranging from 1.50% – 2.00%, a notable move up the coupon stack from where most customers were trafficking in 2020 and 2021. But this falls in line with the rising yield curve investors have experienced this year.

December and year-end pricing as of 12/31/2021 will be available on our Client Access portal tomorrow. For those that do not have access but would like to register, please click here.

Monthly Trade Summary

Treasury yields rose in December with bonds maturing in one year and longer increasing at least 10+ basis points in yield. The 2-year yield saw the largest increase of 18 basis points. It is no surprise then that projected yields on customer purchases have been increasing. Once again, the average yield purchased increased month-over-month. Also contributing to higher projected returns, customers extended out beyond 4-years last month, a half year longer than in November.

As is usually the case, fixed-rate bonds accounted for most of the activity during the month. However, as mentioned above, there was decent floating-rate activity to finish out the year, and that coupon type accounted for almost 20% of trades. That percentage is down by nearly half from November, which was an outlier month compared to the rest of the year.

60% of December trades involved sequential structures, flipping the script on the rest of 2021 as PACs had dominated for most of the year.

Travis Nauert, CFA

Analyst, Investment Strategies

Vining Sparks

The information included herein has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, but it is not in any way guaranteed, and it, together with any opinions expressed, is subject to change at any time. Any and all details offered in this publication are preliminary and are therefore subject to change at any time. This has been prepared for general information purposes only and does not consider the specific investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any individual or institution. This information is, by its very nature, incomplete and specifically lacks information critical to making final investment decisions. Investors should seek financial advice as to the appropriateness of investing in any securities or investment strategies mentioned or recommended. The accuracy of the financial projections is dependent on the occurrence of future events which cannot be assured; therefore, the actual results achieved during the projection period may vary from the projections. The firm may have positions, long or short, in any or all securities mentioned. Member FINRA/SIPC.
Copyright © 2022
This is a publication of Vining-Sparks IBG, LLC
775 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis, TN 38120