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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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
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Agency Market Update
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Fixed Rate Mortgage Market Update
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Municipal Market Update
In this week’s Municipal Market Update, we highlight the following: Municipal prices strengthened to start last week, were steady across the curve on Tuesday, were mixed on Wednesday and Thursday, and were steady on Friday, as reflected by weekly data for the Municipal Market Data (MMD) Triple-A Scale; also shown are the yields for the […]Continue Reading
SBA Market Update
Fixed-Rate SBA DCPCs (SBAP) Investor interest in the August fixed-rate SBA DCPC auction next week is expected to remain strong as SBA DCPCs and SBICs offer superior convexity profiles to most residential MBS alternatives. The DCPC auction has priced at historically tight spreads this year; however, spreads widened 13 bps month over month. Supply in […]Continue Reading
CMO Market Update
Last week’s CMO update discussed how the recent decline in rates could lead to a 1.00% yield becoming less attainable for bonds with a 3-5 year WAL, the portion of the curve in which our customers typically traffic. Our weekly Investment Alternatives Matrix was released the following day (TSY and CMO sections shown below), with […]Continue Reading