Sector Update

August 30, 2021



Ending a two-week run of flattening, the yield curve steepened last week. Yields on maturities 3-years and in dropped or remained unchanged while longer maturities increase by 2-5 bps. Save Monday, yields increased throughout the week, peaking on Thursday as three separate Fed officials opined that the time to taper was “sooner rather than later” as Esther George, Chair of the Kansas City Fed, said. As you can notice in the chart below though, come Friday, Powell’s remarks sent yields down 4-5 bps as the tone was still interpreted as dovish. The S&P and NASDAQ closed at new record highs on Friday.

As benchmark yields increased during the week, demand was varied across sectors. Agency activity was concentrated in the 5-year area. In tax-free municipal securities, 4% and 5% coupons dominated activity with most maturities 20-years and shorter. On the Corporate desk, once the 10-year broke through 1.30% on Wednesday, activity picked up. In MBS, 15-year saw the most activity, but 20-year was a close second. In CMOs, cut-down coupons remained popular. The most common cut-coupons last week were 1.25 and 1.50.



Today – Yields down 2-3 bps, curve slightly flatter, equities largely up


Curve ends week slightly steeper, longer yields increase, shorter yields unchanged


Week-over-week, intermediate and longer yields climb



Yield Curve Shape – 2s-5s remains above 20-day MA while 2s-10s pushed back through last week





Sector Commentary (click on links for more in-depth look)



What We’re Reading


Market Today | Daily

Weekly Recap | Weekly, Friday

Brokered Deposit Rate Indications | Weekly, Monday

Investment Alternatives Matrix | Weekly, Tuesday

MBS Prepay Commentary (August) | Monthly, 5th business day

SBA Prepay Commentary (August) | Monthly, 10th business day


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Vining Sparks: Loan Trading: Auto Market Analysis

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Vining Sparks: Strategic Insight: New SBA 504 Debt Refinancing Program

The SBA recently published a rule implementing section 328 of the Economic Aid Act. Section 328, titled Low-Interest Refinancing, revises the requirements for refinancing debt with an SBA 504 Loan. The net effect of these revisions points towards greater ease and availability for certain borrowers, who were previously disallowed, to refinance using an SBA 504 loan.


Vining Sparks: Strategic Insight: CU Risk-Based Capital Update

After having been delayed multiple times, the NCUA’s risk-based capital provisions finalized in 2015 (2015 Final RBC Rule) are currently scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2022. The 2015 Final RBC Rule only applies to federally insured credit unions with assets greater than $500 million. Institutions with less than $500 million in assets are exempt from the 2015 Final RBC Rule.


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