Market Commentaries

Premium Municipal Bonds: Benefits in a Rising Rate Environment

October 2014

By Matthew P. Bernardi Many investors find it difficult to pay a price greater than par for a bond. We often find this hesitation is purely psychological and causes some investors to miss an advantageous structure in a low interest rate environment. Th …


Municipal Securities as High Quality Liquid Assets (HQLA)

September 2014

By Ronald P. Bernardi For many months, we at Bernardi Securities have closely followed the issue of municipal securities and their status as a high-quality liquid asset (HQLA) for commercial banks and nonbank systemically important financial institutio …


Detroit settles with UTGO creditors – BOND is Right Side Up! Still “Waiting for Godot”

April 2014

By Ronald P. Bernardi Detroit Settles on UTGO Debt The family vacation photo that made its debut this past December, “Will Detroit turn BOND upside down?”, returns today, right side up. Last week Detroit reached a settlement with three bond insurers ov …


The Problem with Waiting for the “Fed” to Raise Rates

March 2014

By Jeffrey D. Irish Following Janet Yellen’s recent testimony, many investors may just want to wait for Federal Reserve policy makers to raise interest rates before committing money to the bond market. After all, the fed funds rate has been held in the …


Will Detroit turn BOND upside down?

December 2013

By Ronald P. Bernardi   Will the Detroit Chapter 9 bankruptcy turn the municipal bond world upside down? A random vacation photo captured this concern fairly well. With such a big question looming over the market, let’s review the ways in which th …


Perspective and Strategy Discussion

December 2013

Historical U.S. Treasury Bond Yield CurvesRed Line = November 2003 (New, 30-yr. Treasuries were not being issued at this time)Orange Line = November 2008Blue Line =  November 2013 (current)Green Line = November 2012 Over the years, we’ve talk …


A Century of Tax-Exempt Municipal Bonds: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

December 2013

“There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around the neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting.”- Tuco “the Ugly” (Eli Wallach), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966As the repeal of federal income tax-ex …


September Turbulence & Outperformance

October 2013

Last month was a turbulent experience for the Treasury markets, though municipals have been able to sustain a relative rally. The catalyst to each ebb and flow of last month’s bond market has left our purview as the debt ceiling crisis and brinksmanshi …


August 2013 Commentary on MarketWatch

September 2013

The Bernardi Securities August 2013 market commentary written by Scott Rausch, Outperforming the Madness of Municipal Bond Fund Herds, was mentioned in an August 30, 2013 blog post on MarketWatch as a market professional perspective on mitiga …


Continuing Disclosure Filings and MSRB Filing Tools

September 2013

As many of you know, certain contractual agreements entered into under SEC Rule 15c2-12 (the “Rule”) require ongoing disclosures by municipal securities issuers. These disclosures may include financial information, operational information and event not …


Outperforming the Madness of Municipal Bond Fund Herds

August 2013

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one [i]— Charles MackayIt can be said that relative portfolio outperformance – and the overall security of pr …


2013 Mid-Year Municipal Market Update

August 2013

The bond market experienced sharp, rapid adjustment in the second quarter — arguably the greatest since the fall of 2008. The 10-year Treasury bond yielded 1.63% in early May and finished June yielding 2.49%. As of June 28, year-to-date it had lost 2.5 …


City of Detroit Chapter 9 Filing

July 2013

Below are several credit research notes related to the City of Detroit.  Our goal with this commentary is to frame the relevant general obligation bond issue and clearly articulate our credit perspective. Detroit HAS NOT been on our firm’s li …


June 2013 Market Commentary

July 2013

June was a very volatile month for the markets, triggered by concerns that the Federal Reserve Bank will begin tapering its easy-money programs of quantitative easing and near-zero-percent overnight lending rates. Bonds, equities, currencies and commod …


A Mixed Message From The Fed

May 2013

 A MIXED MESSAGE FROM THE FEDFederal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before the Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday, May 22 and offered this testimony:“For some months, the FOMC has been buying longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of …