CMO Market Update
June 21, 2021
The conclusion of the FOMC’s rate decision meeting last week gave way to more volatility in the Treasury market. The 2-, 3-, and 5-year yields increased 11, 16, and 14 basis points, respectively. These maturities match the WALs for CMOs in which our customers typically traffic. Consequently, nominal spreads tightened for the second consecutive week. For the maturities and strucutures we monitor, spreads have tightened 4 basis points in June, but are essentially flat on a year-to-date basis.
In terms of activity, while the trade desk continues to field a healthy amount of inquiries for 1.0% coupons off G2SF 3.0% collateral, a handful of trades were executed last week involving 1.0% coupons off FNCT 3.0% collateral. Given that falling interest rates remains the biggest risk to most of our customers’ portfolios and balance sheets, low coupons and prepay friction collateral are likely to remain in favor as investors look to maintain steady, consistent cashflow while also supporting earnings.
As we approach the end of the second quarter, portfolio managers will be positioning for the second half of 2021. In the coming days, we will update pricing on our client access portal, giving investors an opportunity to view updated analytics and gain/loss projections. If you do not have access but would like to register, please click here.
For more context on yields, spreads, and analytics, please see the condensed Yield and Spread Snapshot below (Treasurys and CMOs). Additionally, readers can click the following link to view last week’s Investment Alternatives Matrix.
Travis Nauert, CFA
Analyst, Investment Strategies
Vining Sparks IBG, LP