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A Tribute to Roger Moore’s AAA-Rated Bond; Mischler Debt Market Comment
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.23.17- Tribute to Roger Moore’s AAA-Rated Bond

Below is the opening extract from Quigley’s Corner aka “QC” Tuesday May 23, 2017  edition distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, the QC is one of three distinctive market comment pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group. The QC is a daily synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary as seen from the perch of our fixed income trading and debt capital markets desk. The QC includes a comprehensive “deep dive” with optics on the day’s investment grade corporate debt new issuance and secondary market data encompassing among other items, comparables, investment grade credit spreads, new issue activity, secondary market most active issues, and upcoming pipeline. To receive Quigley’s Corner, please email: rkarr@mischlerfinancial.com or via phone 203.276.6646

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap:  Bonds, Bonds and Roger Moore’s AAA Rated Bond

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 17th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline – $216.2 Billion in Cumulative Enterprise Value

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

The vibrant IG primary DCM continued along its trajectory today with 9 IG Corporate issuers pricing 18 tranches between them totaling $13.325b.  The SSA space saw KfW boost the volume totals with a $5b 3-year for an all-in IG day total of 10 issuers, 19 tranches and $18.325b.

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is over 109% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $33.40b vs. $30.48b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced more than 115% just above the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for May or $142.338b vs. $123.42b.
  • There are now 6 IG Corporate, Yankee and/or SSA new issues in the IG credit pipeline.
  • The all-in IG Corporate plus SSA MTD total is now $159.738b.

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • Great-West Lifeco upped its 30-year Senior Notes new issue to $700mm from $500mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • Public Storage increased its $25 PerpNC5 preferred new issue today to $250mm from $100mm.
  • Activision Blizzard Inc. its $1.2b 3-part 5-, 10- and 30-year Senior Notes new issue launch 5 bps tighter than the tightest side of guidance today on each of the three tranches.  A rarity among rarities and worth posting here..
  • DDR Corp. increased its 10-year Senior Notes new issue to $450mm from $300mm.
  • Ascension Health upsized the tap of its 3(a)(4) exempt 3.945% Senior Unsecured Notes due 11/15/2046 to $225mm vs. $220mm bringing the new total to $925mm.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 15 IG Corporate-only new issues, that displayed price evolution and excluding today’s $25 Perp NC5 Preferred was <21.73> bps.
  • The average spread compression including today’s $25 PerpNC5 Preferred was <21.00>.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +118.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp +112 versus +113.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $16.4b on Monday versus $11.3b on Friday and $15.4b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $17.1b.

 

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – 4th losing session in a row for the UST market.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s better except the 5yr. Europe closed mixed.
  • Stocks – 4th winning session in a row for U.S. stocks
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed down while Europe rallied.
  • Economic – U.S. data was a mixed bag. FOMC Minutes tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – Japan data was mixed. Solid data in Europe except the U.K.
  • Currencies – USD traded very well during NY hours.
  • Commodities – CRB, natural gas, gold & wheat closed red while crude oil moved higher.
  • CDX IG: -0.29 to 61.91
  • CDX HY: -0.74 to 327.04
  • CDX EM: -3.89 to 193.37

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

The “QC” Geopolitical Risk Monitor

 

Risk Level/Main Factor Geopolitical Risks
HIGH
Asian Political Tensions
·           N. Korea “deployment and mass production” of ballistic missiles that could reach Japan & Guam.

·           Increasing tensions between North Korea (pop: 24mm) & South Korea (pop: 44mm).

·           Dictator Kim Jong-Un increasingly belligerent and irreverent to international community.

·           Disruption of political landscape in the Pacific Rim.

ELEVATED
BREXIT Fallout/
Terror Event in U.K.
·           Suicide bombing in Manchester kills 22 wounding over 50. ISIS claimed responsibility.

·           Pres. Trump lashes out at terrorists; urges unity of people of all faiths to destroy radical factions.

·           Contentious U.K./EU negotiations over BREXIT. U.K. threatens to abandon talks.

·           2nd Scottish independence referendum Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Also support for a vote in Ireland.

CAUTION
“Trump Factor”
·          Trump tax reform challenges & consensus GOP support to pass legislation questioned.

·          FBI Controversy over firing of Comey/Russia scandal?

·          Potential mid-term election loss to Dems in 11/2018 will impede any progress/GOP dissension.

·          U.S. partisan politics reach zenith combined with media war against Trump

·          Will the Donald be able to fulfill campaign promises & how long before his tax reform plan?

MODERATE
“Dysfunction Junction”
·          Syria/Terrorism/Venezuelan civil unrest/Brazil’s scandal & new recession.

·          Russia meddling in international elections/Russia in expansion mode

MARGINAL
2018 U.S. Recession
·         Chance of a 2018 U.S. recession.

·         Highly fractious Italian political landscape. 64 governments in 72 Post WWII years.

·         Italy’s 5 Star Movement & EU skeptic parties have more influence than in other EU elections.

·         As Italian elections approach, EU risks increase significantly/Italian debt-to-GDP ratio is 133%.

·         A referendum vote could result in a “QUITALY”/Also, China hard landing

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/22-5/26
vs. Current
WTD – $33.40b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $142.338b
Low-End Avg. $29.69b 112.50% $122.27b 116.41%
Midpoint Avg. $30.48b 109.58% $123.42b 115.33%
High-End Avg. $31.27b 106.81% $124.56b 114.27%
The Low $20b 167.00% $100b 142.338%
The High $40b 83.50% $150b 94.89%

 

……….and Roger Moore,  the AAA Rated Bond

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The 25 Bond films have grossed a total of $7.1 billion in global box office receipts. It is estimated that half of the world’s population has seen a James Bond film. Ian Fleming’s 14 Bond books have sold over 100 million copies.  (I have read all them……twice!) So, it’s no wonder this USC film school graduate, long ago TV commercial film producer and film buff was bummed out this morning upon hearing of the passing of Sir Roger Moore at the age of 89 in Switzerland.  A private funeral will be held in Monaco so Roger will be going out in true Bond style.

It was another act of violence, this time in Manchester, England last evening that kept many viewers transfixed to their televisions. Thoughts and prayers extended for the 22 killed, the 59 injured and their respective families, relatives and friends. What makes it so difficult to fathom such an act in our civilized society is that yesterday’s suicide bombing took the lives of so many young children who had just enjoyed a concert. Tragic. So, tragic.  What also gripped me last night was that as I watched, it became immediately noticeable how objective the news reporting was as I switched cable news channels during commercial breaks. The journalists and anchors did their job as live feeds came in and the story developed before our eyes.  It was a tragedy that took the lives of innocent people to get the media industry to report objectively (FINALLY!) and they each did a highly commendable job.  But it left me wanting more from them and not just in covering last evening’s story but in covering news – generally speaking – as it should be every single day.

Segue to this morning’s coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech and introduction of President Trump who then spoke eloquently about history, religion, and the war on terror.  The message was clear – Christians, Jews and Muslims alike should unite to aggressively confront threats to our civilization and to each of our religions so we can all enjoy living together in our increasingly diverse world.

 

In light of the harsh realities of our new world order and common fight against terror it’s no surprise then to realize that for 55 years dating back to Dr. No in 1962, people have found and embraced a universal James Bond, the super spy character created by Ian Fleming. We all need a ruthless hero in the form of a good guy who at times has to execute bad things for the greater good. When he empties a full revolver into his first onscreen kill in Doctor No, he quips, “That’s a Smith & Wesson, and you’ve had your six.”  In film we can appeal to our primordial instincts and Bond exits as hero each time the world traveler tracks down and kills society’s evil thugs.  One can get away with that in film.  Like relative value studies, it’s part art part science.  It’s film, but it’s portrayed by real living performers.  Bond is decisive and gets his job down each and every time. He kills people who deserve to die and, viewers all agree, they need to go.  Just like terrorists in today’s world. Roger Moore starred in a total of seven Bond epics and endeared himself throughout the world audience through his refreshing portrayal of the daring character he played.  Following on the heels of Sean Connery, Moore knew from his first Bond adventure, Live and Let Die, that he couldn’t be the former so he added amusing humor to the character in a very deadpan, witty and raffish way admired the around the world.

Bond does it with class, adventure, luxury and with the most gorgeous people by his side in the world’s most exotic locations.  He has taste, style, sophistication and oh that sense of humor. A good guy killer wrapped in a tuxedo. With his mission accomplished Bond always takes a sabbatical from work as a reward for saving society from domineering bad guys and terrorists. So, last night’s tragic evening segued into a somber and seriously Presidential speech this morning that then turned into the sad news of the passing of Sir Roger Moore who in his own right did so much in his retirement as UNICEF’s world Ambassador – which he always said was his life’s greatest achievement.  Even Bond gives back to society! We need Bond. We like when the good guy wins.  When we get the bad guy and do it with  style, with panache and in a raffish way, it’s feels even better.  That’s Illusion vs. reality unfortunately.  A lot of things coming together here at once.  The tragedy in Manchester, a President serious about eradicating terrorism and the wish that we had some savior to execute the mission, like James Bond – a fictitious character who was perhaps best portrayed by Roger Moore, who sadly passed away today.

Last Scene From The Spy Who Loved Me

Bond (Roger Moore) and Asamova (Barbara Bach) are discovered by their respective bosses making love in a life boat capsule at sea:

M: 007?
Russian General Gogol: Triple X!!
Minister of Defense: Bond! What do you think you’re doing?
Bond: Keeping the British end up, sir.

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley

 

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

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Municipal Bond Offerings Week of 05-22-17; NY Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corp
May 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 05.22.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal bond offerings scheduled for the upcoming week.  Muni bond inflows increased last week, supported by a risk-on view toward intermediate maturities within the municipal debt market. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $8.4 billion. This week volume is expected to be $7.0 billion with an early close on Friday. The negotiated market is led by $2.15 billion for Hudson Yards
Infrastructure Corporation, New York. The competitive market is led by $173.1 million for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, California on Wed.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

For reading ease, please click on image below

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To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Muni Bond Inflows Increase; Risk On Re Intermediate Maturities-Mischler Comment
May 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 05.15.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal bond offerings scheduled for the upcoming week.  Muni bond inflows increased last week, supported by a risk-on view toward intermediate maturities within the municipal debt market. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $8.9billion. This week volume is expected to be $8.8 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.08 billion for Los Angeles Unified School District, California. The competitive market is led by $231.6million for the City of Phoenix Civic Improvement Corp, Arizona on Tuesday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

For reading ease, please click on image below

municipal-bond-offering-week-051517To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Investment Grade Debt Commentary–Credit Tightening, Investor Appetite Voracious
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.12.17 – Credit Tightening, Investor Appetite Voracious

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

The Best and the Brightest” FI Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending May 10th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

 

What to do on a no-print Friday in the IG dollar DCM?  Well, how about speaking with the top 24 syndicate desks who underwrite over 80% of all debt issued in our market for starters?  I did just that as is done here in the “QC” each and every Friday.  Next week looks like a very robust one with sizeable upside potential. One syndicate guru noted we could see $40b next week and $150b for the month.  What your corner seer can tell you is that I wrote the following here in the “QC” on Friday April 28th, 2017:

“It’s a weary world folks! However, the good news is that U.S. Corporations are an anomaly. They’re doing just fine and foreign investment into the safe haven of” yieldier” investment grade rated products is immense and growing.  I expect a very robust May of $150-ish of all-in (IG Corporate plus SSA issuance).  Credit is grinding tighter and ……investor appetite is voracious……especially coming off such a noticeably slow April that ended on a high note. So, issuers line up!  Bankers man your stations and syndicate managers get ready because the best story in our world is Corporate America.”

The IG Corporate-only total for May is currently $72.638b and the all-in Corporate plus SSA total is $80.083b.  We have two solid weeks to go in May and if we repeat what we’ve done thus far – along with next week’s upside potential – I do think we hit $150b.  Now wouldn’t that be something…..AGAIN! But why listen to little ‘ole me when all those prestigious professionals manning their respective syndicate desks at the world’s biggest investment banks are patiently waiting for you to run through my recaps and move on to their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG corporate issuance? They’re all there.  Hurry up and get to it because it’s Friday and people have places to go and people to see.

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

 

  • BAML’s IG Master Index tightened 1 bp to +118 vs. +119.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS tightened 1 bp to 1.12 versus 1.13.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +161.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $17.9b on Thursday versus $19.8b on Wednesday and $17b the previous Thursday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.9b.

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and May

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/08-5/12
vs. Current
WTD – $33.67b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $72.638b
Low-End Avg. $30.54b 110.25% $122.27b 59.41%
Midpoint Avg. $31.37b 107.33% $123.42b 58.85%
High-End Avg. $32.21b 104.53% $124.56b 58.32%
The Low $25b 134.68% $100b 72.63%
The High $41b 82.12% $150b 48.43%

 

The Best and the Brightest”  Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 20 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table.  22 are in the top 25 of that same table. The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 81.91% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

*Please note that these are Investment Grade Corporates only. They do not include SSA issuance unless otherwise noted.

 As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! You are helping to promote Mischler’s value-added DCM proposition while adding readership to the “QC” that won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for three consecutive years! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016…

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was framed as follows:

 
Here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

 

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now over 10% above this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $33.67b vs. $31.37b.
  • MTD we’ve priced more than 58% of the syndicate projection for May or $72.63b vs. $123.42b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) currently stands at $80.038b.
  • This week we breached the half trillion dollar mark for YTD IG Corporate-only issuance.
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $515.42b which is 7.22% more than a year ago to date.
  • YTD we priced $687.656b of all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance which is 2.84% more than last year’s total at this point.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 42 IG Corporate-only deals that priced: 

o   NICS:  <0.20> bps

o   Oversubscription Rates: 2.72x

o   Tenors:  8.66 years

o   Tranche Sizes: $802mm

o   Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <19.51> bps


Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s: 

  • Average NICs widened 0.20 bps this week to <0.2). vs. <0.40>.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, decreased 1.07x to 2.72x vs. 3.79x. 
  • Average tenors dramatically contracted by 3.28 years to 8.66 years vs. 11.94 years.
  • Tranche sizes decreased by $16mm to $802mm vs. $818mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 42 IG Corporate-only new issues tightened <1.87> bps to <19.51> bps vs. <17.64> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads tightened 1 bp to +161 vs. +162.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS thru this morning tightened 3 bps to 1.12 vs. 1.15. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index tightened by 3 bps to +118 vs. +121. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes tightened 3.00 bps to 12.25 vs. 15.25 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also tightened by 2.53 bps to 16.79 bps vs. 19.32 bps against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended May 10th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $2.701b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $51.877b) and a net outflow of $1.725m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $6.091b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 46 deals that printed, 34 tightened versus NIP for a 74.00% improvement rate while 8 widened (17.50%) and 4 were flat (8.50%).

Entering today’s Friday’s session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $33.67b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $39.42b

 

We’re in the midst of a Trump Slump. Former-FBI Chief Comey was fired by Trump despite the ongoing “From Russia With Love” investigation.  Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is then invited into the Oval Office the next day while U.S. press is barred from the room. (Who will be sweeping the office for bugs and other devices?) You can’t make this stuff up folks.  There is a 100% chance of a June rate hike. North Korea continues to threaten its sixth nuclear test.  The French election is now behind us, but the new young President of Gaul has his hands full while Le Pen rebuilds, renames and rebrands her National Front Party with an eye on 2022.  The best story going, however, continues to be very strong U.S. corporate earnings as IG credit spreads grind tighter and tighter offering issuers great opportunities to print NOW!
 

The “Best and the Brightest” in Their Own Words

 

……..……and here are their formidable responses:

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Equities Market Commentary-A Goldilocks Market or a Teflon Market?; Peruzzi’s Perch
May 2017      Equities Market Commentary   

Peruzzi’s Perch Equities Market Commentary May 05 2017- VIX Messaging Goldilocks Market, Or a Teflon Market?

U.S markets close out a low volatility week with an important April jobs report on Friday. We seem to be in a Teflon market where both good and bad news alike just slide off the market. This either a Goldilocks market or a Teflon market.

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Larry Peruzzi, Managing Director

The VIX index (good indication of volatility) hit a 10 year low on Monday at 10.11. In fact many have noted that the VIX trading curve looks very similar to 2007. In another indication of the low volatility the S&P 500 has not had a move of more than 20 bps over the last 7 sessions. Not that there has been a lack of new, quite the contrary between French elections, possible affordable health care plan overturned, North Korea, Apple hitting an all-time high, the Fed’s non actions and earnings investors have had plenty to digest. Q1 earning season is nearing an end with 78% of earnings reports beating forecast and 63% beating sales forecast. Wednesday the Fed decided not to raise rates and the statement was slightly more hawkish than we were expecting with the Fed suggesting it could still raise interest rates at its next meeting on June 14th.  Market expectations for a rate hike next month jumped to 75% from 60%, but much of this is contingent on a rebound in employment growth in April and May. Thursday was a great example of sector movements canceling each other out as financial stocks gained offsetting losses in telecom and energy shares as the price of crude oil fell below $45 a barrel. The question we all have is how long can this keep going?

Looking ahead to next week fist on the docket will be follow through to Friday’s job report and reaction both in Europe and the U.S to France’s presidential elections on Sunday. Polls indicate Emmanuel Macron has a 20 point lead on Marie LePen, but U.S and U.K voters are both well aware of how inaccurate polls can be lately. A Le Pen victory certainly would create some volatility, while Macron would be viewed as more of a status quo.

Cheap oil is coming back, with WTI crude at its lowest level in 13 months. We could see some continued pressure in the energy sector next week.  Keep an eye on Venezuela, a country that is nearly 100% dependent on oil revenue. Crude’s 2-year slide, as well as disastrous political decisions, has the country on the verge of collapse. This week’s EIA number added further importance. Japan will also return to work after three days of holidays.

Economic data is back loaded next week, with April PPI reading and jobless claims on Thursday and April CPI, April retail sales, Business inventories and Michigan sentiment closing out the week on Friday. Fed wise governors Bullard, Mester, Kashkari, Rosengren, Dudley, Evans, and Harker, all give speeches, but make no mistake about it; The Fed is looking at just 2 things: Jobs and inflation. Recently, both of those have not shown to be either hawkish or dovish. Washington will not be lacking any drama as the Senate GOP looks ready to overlook the House Obamacare repeal bill and write its own. If they find sometime a budget is needed to avoid another government shutdown later this year.  So call it a Goldilocks market or a Teflon market but until volatility returns brokers will continue to see low trading volumes. This will certainly result in lower earnings for the brokers in Q2.

 

Larry Peruzzi

Managing Director International Trading

Mischler Financial Group

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

Larry Peruzzi is a 20 yr global trading markets veteran and brings a unique perspective to global equities market commentary via Mischler Financial Group, the securities industry’s oldest minority broker-dealer owned and operated by service-disabled veterans.  Larry’s experience  and best execution perspective stems from his sitting on ‘both sides of the aisle.’  For more than half of Larry’s career, he ran buy-side trading desks for Standish Mellon and thereafter, The Boston Company. In both of those roles, Larry was responsible for implementing and managing international equities trade execution. Larry’s perspectives are frequently cited by the leading financial news publishers, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg LP and Reuters

Mischler End of Week Equities Market Commentary via Peruzzi’s Perch March 09 2017 end-of-week edition is distributed via email to institutional investment managers and Fortune Treasury clients of veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, the investment industry’s oldest  minority broker-dealer owned and operated by Service-Disabled Veterans.

Peruzzi’s Perch is a weekly synopsis of Everything Equities as seen from the perch of Mischler Financial Group’s International Equities Desk. Cited by Wall Street Letter in each of 2014, 2015 and 2016 for “Best Research / Broker-Dealer”, Peruzzi’s Perch is one of four distinctive content pieces produced by Mischler Financial Group (more…)

IG Corporate Debt Issuance Avalanche-Mischler Debt Market Commentary
May 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 05.02.17- IG Corporate Debt Issuance Avalanche; $16.6b Floated by 8 Issuers

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – An Avalanche of Issuance

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Global Market Recap

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and April

Barclays PLC $2b 11NC10 LT2 Subordinated Notes Deal Dashboard

NICs, Bid-to-Covers, Tenors, Sizes and Average Spread Compression from IPTs thru Launches

New Issues Priced

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending April 26th         

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

Tomorrow’s Calendar

 

I wrote this last Friday to close out my Best and Brightest commentary:

“Bankers man your stations and syndicate managers get ready because the best story in our wounded world is Corporate America. Next week, however, will feature a couple very congested days given that the U.K., EU, China and Australia are closed on Monday in observance of EU Labor Day; there’s FOMC Wednesday and an NFP Friday ahead.  So, not much on those days but it should make for a crowded Tuesday and Thursday.”

Today, Tuesday lived up to the billing.  The IG Corporate DCM hosted 8 issuers across 21 tranches totaling $16.675b in volume.  No help came the SSA space as it wisely stood down.

  • The IG Corporate WTD total is now 73.5% of this week’s syndicate midpoint average forecast or $21.025b vs. $28.58b.
  • MTD we’ve now priced nearly 17% of the IG Corporate mid-range syndicate projection for April or $21.025b vs. $123.42b.
  • Meanwhile the IG pipeline is building with 8 IG Yankee and SSA new issues lining up and either ready to go, road showing or conducting investor calls.
    (Please scroll way below for the New Issue Pipeline).

Of all those transactions the one nearest and dearest to our nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker dealer was Barclays PLC’s first subordinated callable issue.  That is my featured Deal-of-the-Day and you know what that means – Mischler served as an active Co-Manager on the transaction.  First let’s get to the re-caps – both primary and global – and then it’s onto BACR!

Thanks for tuning in and remember, Corporate America IS the defacto best story going in our inextricably linked global economy and new world order.

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

  • Mid-America Apartments LP upsized today’s 10-year Senior Unsecured Notes new issue to $600mm from $450mm at the launch and at the tightest side of guidance.
  • The average spread compression from IPTs and/or guidance thru the launch/final pricing of today’s 21 IG Corporate-only new issues was <18.31> bps.
  • BAML’s IG Master Index was unchanged at +123.  +106 represents the post-Crisis low dating back to July 2007.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS was unchanged at 1.16.
  • Standard & Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spread was unchanged at +164.  The +140 reached on July 30th 2014 represents the post-Crisis low.
  • Investment grade corporate bond trading posted a final Trace count of $12b on Monday versus $16.2b on Friday and $16.1b the previous Monday.
  • The 10-DMA stands at $16.6b.

Global Market Recap

 

  • U.S. Treasuries – USTs traded with a bid today on Trump, crude oil & vehicle sales.
  • Overseas Bonds – JGB’s lost ground. Europe closed mixed with more red than green.
  • 3mth Libor – set at 1.17372% the highest since 4/1/09.
  • Stocks – Mixed heading into the last 15 minutes of trading.
  • Overseas Stocks – Asia closed with gains except China. Europe had a good day.
  • Economic – Vehicle sales were weak. ADP & FOMC Statement tomorrow.
  • Overseas Economic – PMI’s in China & Japan were weaker. Europe PMI’s were strong.
  • Currencies – USD better vs. Yen & CAD, weaker vs. the Euro & Pound and unchanged vs. the AUD.
  • Commodities – Terrible day for crude oil.
  • CDX IG: -0.17 to 63.21
  • CDX HY: +0.50 to 324.17
  • CDX EM: -4.41 to 190.71

*CDX levels are as of 3:30PM ET today.

-Tony Farren

 

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates This Week and April

 

IG Corporate New Issuance This Week
5/01-5/05
vs. Current
WTD – $21.025b
May 2017
Forecasts
vs. Current
MTD – $21.025b
Low-End Avg. $27.96b 75.20% $122.27b 17.20%
Midpoint Avg. $28.58b 73.57% $123.42b 17.04%
High-End Avg. $29.21b 71.98% $124.56b 16.88%
The Low $20b 105.12% $100b 21.02%
The High $36b 58.40% $150b 14.02%

Below please find my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

Have a great evening!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

Barclays PLC $2b 11NC10 LT2 Subordinated Notes Deal Dashboard

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Mischler 2017 Memorial Day Month Pledge
May 2017      Company News, Giving Back   

Client Notification re: Mischler “2017 Memorial Day Month Pledge”

From: Office of Dean Chamberlain (SDV), CEO Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

Consistent with Mischler Financial Group’s annual initiative to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our US military, this year we have dedicated a percentage of the month’s commission revenue to two organizations that are near and dear to our hearts and minds.

As we have done in prior Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances, Mischler is pleased to continue our support of Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, the non-profit dedicated to raising funds to support disabled U.S. Army Rangers and the families of Rangers who have died, have been injured, or are currently serving in harm’s way.

As part of our May 2017 profit pledge, Mischler is equally proud to support the American Cancer Society via our sponsorship of the ACS 12th Annual Financial Services Cares Gala, which will be held June 22 at the New York Hilton Hotel. This year’s gala, which is expected to raise more than $1 million, will pay tribute to former KPMG Chairman & CEO Eugene O’Kelly, who passed away from cancer in 2005 and whose estate remains an ardent supporter of ACS cancer research grants.

Each of us here at Mischler, whether personally, through family members and/or friends and acquaintances are all-too-familiar with cancer’s devastating impact. Our support of the ACS is a testament to the crucial work it performs via research grants and assistance to patients undergoing treatment and their caregivers.

As the month of May pledge kicks off, on behalf of the entire Mischler team, thank you in advance to our sales/trading desk counterparties across the investment industry and the many Fortune 500 treasury teams we work with for your ongoing support of our mission.

 

 

Dean A. Chamberlain (SDV)

Chief Executive Officer

Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

Investment Banking | Institutional Brokerage

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Mischler Muni Market Update-Pending Municipal Debt Offerings Week of 05-01-17
May 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 05.01.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal bond offerings scheduled for the upcoming week. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads and money flows, and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $7.9 billion. This week volume is expected to be $7.0 billion. The negotiated market is led by $1.1 billion taxable and tax exempt bonds for The Regents of the University of California. The competitive market is led by $150.4 million general obligation bonds for Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

For reading ease, please click on image below

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To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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Week’s IG Corporate Bond Issuance: Cooling Off Period; April Showers Bring May Flowers
April 2017      Debt Market Commentary   

Quigley’s Corner 04.21.17; This Week: A Cooling-Off for New IG Corporate Bond Issuance; April Showers Bring May Flowers!

 

Investment Grade New Issue Re-Cap – Back-to-Back Blanks for the IG Dollar DCM

The Best and the Brightest”  Fixed Income Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

Today’s IG Primary & Secondary Market Talking Points

Syndicate IG Corporate-only Volume Estimates for Next Week

Indexes and New Issue Volume

This Week’s IG New Issues and Where They’re Trading

Indexes and New Issue Volume

Lipper Report/Fund Flows – Week ending April 19th

IG Credit Spreads by Rating

IG Credit Spreads by Industry

New Issue Pipeline

M&A Pipeline

Economic Data Releases

Rates Trading Lab

 

What with the French Election this Sunday combined with today being a Friday session there was no new issuance to speak of in the IG dollar DCM. That’s now two consecutive days without IG issuance.  I was out for two Fridays so, today is the first “Best & Brightest” edition since March 31st.  Next week looks to be a relatively subdued one given continued blackouts and the fact that most all the big FIGs have already issued.  As corporates exit and Treasuries rally with yields set to pull down further, all this leads up to what should be a VERY ROBUST May.  The average for next week across the top 24 syndicate desks surveyed is $19.46b.  The high was one desk that thinks we’ll see $30b and the low came from two desks that both said $10-15b or an average of $12.5b. But why let me tell you?  I’m here for them. Please allow me to introduce you to the people who price YOUR deals.  They’re all waiting below with their numbers and thoughts for next week’s IG Corporate issuance.  So, without further ado folks…..let’s get to it!

Please remember to read the bold italicized question I posed to the Best & the Brightest as it contains this week’s complete data download that should be helpful to you.

 

The Best and the Brightest”  Syndicate Forecasts and Sound Bites for Next Week 

I am happy to announce that the “QC” once again received 100% unanimous participation from all 24 syndicate desks surveyed for today’s “Best & Brightest” edition!  19 of those participants are among 2017’s YTD top 20 ranked syndicate desks according to today’s Bloomberg’s U.S. IG U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond underwriting league table. 22 are in the top 25 in that same table.  The 2017 League table can be found on your terminals at “LEAG” + [GO] after which you select (US Investment Grade Corporates).  The participating desks represent 82.36% of all IG dollar-denominated new issue underwriting as of today’s table share percentage which simply means they’re the ones with visibility.  But it’s not only about their volume forecasts, it’s also about their comments!  This core syndicate group does it best; they know best; so they’re the ones you WANT and NEED to hear from.  It’s a great look at the week ahead.

*Please note that these are Investment Grade Corporates only. They do not include SSA issuance unless otherwise noted.

As always “thank you” to all the syndicate desks that participated in today’s survey.  I greatly appreciate your time to contribute and for making this edition of the “QC” among the most widely read! You are helping to promote Mischler’s value-added DCM proposition while adding readership to the “QC” that won Wall Street Letter’s Award as Best Broker Dealer Research in our financial services industry for three consecutive years! That’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 !!  More importantly, however, you are helping the nation’s oldest Service Disabled Veteran broker-dealer grow in a more meaningful and sustainable way.  So, thank you all! -RQ

My weekly technical data re-cap and question posed to the “Best and the Brightest” early this morning was prefaced as follows:

“Good morning and Happy Friday!

First, here are this week’s IG new issue volume talking points:

  • The U.S. six-pack banks posted overall positive earnings. This week five of those for banks – ex-GS who did not yet print – represented 59% of this week’s IG Corporate issuance or $14.75b vs. $25.04b.
  • MTD we’ve priced 63.6% of the syndicate IG Corporate mid-range projection for April or $58.192b vs. $91.50b.
  • The all-in MTD total (IG Corporates plus SSA) now stands at $69.092b.
  • The YTD IG Corporate only volume is now $451.277b.
  • YTD we have officially priced $575.243b in all-in IG Corporate and SSA issuance.

Here are this week’s five key primary market driver averages from the 21 IG Corporate-only deals that priced:

  • NICS:  3.57 bps
  • Oversubscription Rates: 2.00x
  • Tenors:  6.10 years
  • Tranche Sizes: $1,138mm
  • Spread Compression from IPTs to the Launch: <14.73> bps


Here’s how this week’s performance data compares against last week’s:

  • Average NICs widened 3.11 bps this week to 3.57 bps vs. 0.46 bps.
  • Over subscription or bid-to-cover rates, the measure of demand, reduced by1.48x to 2.00x vs. 3.48x. 
  • Average tenors shortened by a meaningful 4.04 years to 6.10 years vs. 10.14 years.
  • Tranche sizes increased by $347mm to $1,138mm vs. $791mm.
  • Spread compression from IPTs to the launch/final pricing of this week’s 22 IG Corporate-only new issues widened 4.58 bps to <14.73> bps vs. <19.31> bps.
  • Standard and Poor’s Investment Grade Composite Spreads widened 2 bps to +165 vs. +163.
  • Bloomberg/Barclays US IG Corporate Bond Index OAS widened 2 bps to 1.19 vs. 1.17. 
  • Week-on-week, BAML’s IG Master Index widened by 3 bps to +125 vs. +122. 
  • Spreads across the four IG asset classes widened 2bps to 18.00 bps vs. 16.00 bps as measured against their post-Crisis lows.. 
  • The 19 major industry sectors also widened by 3.53 bps to 23.16 vs. 19.63 also against their post-Crisis lows.
  • For the week ended April 19th, Lipper U.S. Fund Flows reported an inflow of $1.446b into Corporate Investment Grade Funds (2017 YTD net inflow of $43.426b) and a net outflow of $362.223m from High Yield Funds (2017 YTD net outflow of $4.271b).
  • Taking a look at the secondary trading performance of this week’s IG and SSA new issues, of the 22 deals that printed, 14 tightened versus NIP for a 63.75% improvement rate while 6 widened (27.25%) and 2 were flat (9.00%).

 

Entering today’s Friday’s session here’s how much we issued this week:

  • IG Corps: $25.04b
  • All-in IG (Corps + SSA): $25.54b

This Sunday is the first round of the French presidential election.  Congress returns to work on Monday in the continuing saga of Dysfunction Junction to address the debt ceiling, another rumored stab at repealing and replacing Obama Care, and any signs of tax reform. According to a very high end military official, the Korean peninsula has now reached  its most intense point since the Korean War.  Syria, Turkey, Russia loom large and a terror event that took place last evening in Paris, resulting in the death of a police officer in the heart of the city, are some of the major global event risk factors playing out in our inextricably global-linked world economy. 

Please let me know your thoughts and numbers for next week’s IG Corporate new issue volume.  Thank you in advance for your time. 

Have a great weekend!
Ron Quigley, Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Syndicate

 

Below please find the replies to this week’s QC canvass of fixed income syndicate bookrunners and my synopsis of everything Syndicate and Secondary from today’s debt capital markets, including the investment grade corporate bond data drill down as seen from my seat here in Syndicate, Sales and DCM.

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Mischler Muni Market Outlook-Pending Municipal Debt Offerings Scheduled This Week
April 2017      Muni Market   

Mischler Muni-bond Market Outlook for the week commencing 04.17.17 looks back to last week’s metrics and provides a lens focused on pending municipal debt deals scheduled. As always, the Mischler Muni Market Outlook provides public finance investment managers, institutional investors focused on municipal debt and municipal bond market participants a summary of prior week’s municipal debt activity, including credit spreads, money flows and a curated view of pending municipal finance offerings scheduled for this week’s issuance.

Last week muni volume was about $4.6 billion.  This week volume is expected to be $6.8 billion.  The negotiated market is led by $1.2 billion taxable general obligation bonds for the State of California.  The competitive market is led by Miami-Dade County School District, Florida selling $250.0 million general obligation bonds on Tuesday.

Below and attached is neither a recommendation or offer to purchase or sell securities. Mischler Financial Group is not a Municipal Advisor. For additional information, please contact Managing Director Richard Tilghman at 203.276.6656

For reading ease, please click on image below

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Mischler Financial Group debt capital market expertise includes Debt Origination, Distribution, Primary Market Access and Secondary Market trading across the full spectrum of fixed income markets. Our value-add is courtesy of our 18-member team of debt market veterans. a team that makes MFG’s Fixed Income Group a compelling partner to Fortune issuers, corporate treasurers, municipal debt market issuers and the world’s leading institutional investors.

To illustrate our presence within the Debt Capital Markets space: since 2014 alone,  Mischler has led, co-managed and/or served as selling group member for more than $600 Billion (notional value) in new debt and preferred shares issued by Fortune corporations, as well as debt issued by various municipalities and US Government agencies.

Mischler Financial Group is a federally-certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and a recognized minority broker-dealer. Mischler Muni Market updates are provided as a courtesy to institutional clients of Mischler Financial Group, Inc.

This document may be not reproduced in any manner without the permission of Mischler Financial Group. Although the statements of fact have been obtained from and are based upon sources Mischler Financial Group believes reliable, we do not guarantee their accuracy, and any such information may be incomplete.  All opinions and estimates included in this report are subject to change without notice.  This report is for informational purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any security.   Veteran-owned broker-dealer Mischler Financial Group, its affiliates and their respective officers, directors, partners and employees, including persons involved in the preparation of this report, may from time to time maintain a long or short position in, or purchase or sell a position in, hold or act as market-makers or advisors or brokers in relation to the securities (or related securities, financial products, options, warrants, rights, or derivatives), of companies mentioned in this report or be represented on the board of such companies. Neither Mischler Financial Group nor any officer or employee of Mischler Financial Group or any affiliate thereof accepts any liability whatsoever for any direct, indirect or consequential damages or losses arising from any use of this report or its contents.

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