April 27, 2020
Last week markets were remarkably calm given the disastrous economic news releases. Spreads were generally tighter in the sectors we monitor as well. The calmness and spread tightening are potentially an indication of just how much bad news is already priced into markets. On the flip side, it could also be indicative of how much influence the Fed has over markets currently. In truth, it is certainly a mixture of both. This week we have an FOMC announcement and Q1 GDP to look forward to. There are also more corporate earnings statements on tap. Of interest, Verizon reported that their call volumes are significantly higher, about 800 million phone calls per day. According to Verizon’s CEO, that is double the calls that typically occur just on Mother’s Day happening every day now. So far this morning, stocks are working on erasing last week’s losses, and Treasury yields are generally headed up.
Not long after we wrote last Monday that the CME Group clarified oil futures can trade negative, it happened. In a day of trading like no one has ever witnessed, the May contract closed at negative $37.63 on Monday. Oil bounced back during the week as contracts rolled closing Friday at $16.94; however, oil is under pressure again this morning. Currently oil is down approximately 25% to $12.62 per barrel for June delivery. Storage capacity continues to diminish. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 60% of U.S. working storage capacity is currently utilized. More importantly, in Cushing, Oklahoma, 76% of capacity is utilized as of April 17th, the prior week it was at 69%. As contract expiration approaches on/around May 19th, it will likely be interesting to watch again.
Last week we wrote in regard to Mortgage Servicers, “Only time will tell, but as it stands right now, the FHFA is standing against a growing chorus of market participants to do something.” It didn’t take long as the FHFA announced on Tuesday that the “advance obligation limit” for servicers would be capped at 4 months. While it is not the liquidity facility servicers wanted, it does help put a lasso around potential commitments.
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Notable news from this past week includes:
- Oil prices collapsed and closed on Monday (4/20) at -$37 per barrel
- Mortgage servicers got relief. Only responsible for 4 months of missed payments.
- Stores in Germany reopen to lackluster crowds.
- Treasury “requests” publically traded companies return PPP loans.
- The PPP received new funds and reopens today (4/27) at 10:30am EDT.
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MBS Prepay Commentary (April) | Monthly, 5th business day
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Strategic Insight: Fed Announces $2.3 Trillion of Additional Support to the Economy
This Strategic Insight looks at additional measures the Federal Reserve took on April 9th and describes them while providing a takeaway for how we think they will affect financial institutions.
Strategic Insight: Potential for Selling Held-to-Maturity Securities for Liquidity Purposes
Based on this guidance from the FDIC, we believe financial institutions that have been negatively impacted by a reduction of liquidity due to COVID-19 may be able to sell securities classified as HTM without tainting a portfolio or jeopardizing the ability to use this classification in the future. However, each bank should check with its financial statement auditor for further clarification.
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Adjustable Rate Mortgage Market Update
On the data front last week, retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% after rebounding 0.7% in August from July’s 1.8% slide. As for monetary policy, we expect the Fed to commence asset purchase tapering in November, as indicated in its September meeting minutes. On the week, yield spreads on Ginnie and conventional ARMs were […]Continue Reading
Agency Market Update
Treasury yields resumed their march higher last week, at least in the intermediate portion of the curve, as the market continues to price in the Fed moving forward with tapering its asset purchases ahead of eventual rate hikes. As can be seen in the chart below, the 3-year note moved higher by 11 basis points […]Continue Reading
Fixed Rate Mortgage Market Update
Current Yield Spreads The Minutes from the Fed’s September meeting confirmed that officials are warming up to announcing their tapering plans soon. Most officials supported a plan developed by Fed staff that “was designed to be simple to communicate and entailed a gradual reduction in the pace of net asset purchases that, if begun later […]Continue Reading
Municipal Market Update
In this week’s Municipal Market Update, we highlight the following: Municipal prices were steady on Tuesday and Wednesday, mixed on Thursday, and steady again on Friday, as reflected by weekly data for the Municipal Market Data (MMD) Triple-A Scale; also shown are the yields for the Municipal Market Advisors (MMA) Triple-A Scale; New-issue offerings are […]Continue Reading
SBA Market Update
Fixed-Rate SBA DCPCs (SBAP) Investor interest in fixed-rate SBA product remains strong as SBA DCPCs and SBICs offer superior convexity profiles to most residential MBS alternatives. The DCPC auction has priced at historically tight spreads for much of this year; however, spreads have widened approximately 20 bps since June. Supply in the secondary market for […]Continue Reading
CMO Market Update
Treasury yields continue to rise, particularly in the 3-5 year portion of the curve where our customers are most active in the CMO sector. As a result, traders observed CMO spreads tighten 2 basis points last week for fixed and floating-rate bonds. For the maturities and structures we monitor, CMO spreads have moved in a […]Continue Reading