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Market News & Commentary - From the Desk of David Loesch 05.30.2024

May 30, 2024
  • If you recall, Goldman made the call there would be no cuts this year.  Late last week, they said the FED would only start to cut rates in September if we saw significant economic data showing that the economy was slowing down.  This is a pivot from two weeks ago when Goldman was “adamant” that the FED would not cut rates in 2024.  We continue to see cuts at the end of this year (December, most likely)
  • Another day, another FED member spoke about the economy.  Raphael Bostic (Atlanta FED President) indicated he is hopeful that the explosive pricing pressures seen during COVID will normalize over the next year.  He also suggested, “We have a way to go,” perhaps the 4th Q of this year will be the time to reduce rates.  This is one of the few times I have seen a FED president other than Powell speak to a time frame to move rates down.   Again, higher for longer.
  • With equities continuing to decline as T yields grind higher, the bond market is clearly driving equities right now.  With the 10T hovering around 4.60% (+15 in two days), equities (global) are headed for their worst week since mid-April.  Overall, this should be expected, as yields hold highs and futures are down again.
  • Despite the run-up in yields, investors added 573MM to MUNI bond funds in the week ended 5/22.  I suspect this is an indication of yield buyers seeking higher yields due to the market run-up over the past week to 10 days.  I suspect this will continue to have positive momentum should yields hold here or even move up.  MUNI buyers work on locking in these types of yields to boost the overall account return from a cash flow POV.
  • From a state point of view, IL has been gaining momentum over the past several years, and we have been very vocal about this with our clients.  IL is closing the gap with its peers in the MUNI bond world as investors herald the passing of an on-time budget and broad improvements in the state’s fiscal standing.  The extra yield investors demanded about two years ago has narrowed to the lowest levels last week as lawmakers approved a $53B budget for the year starting July 1.  There was a time when IL could not pass their budgets, and weeks, if not months, went by without any accomplishment. 

The bottom line is that yields have been up +20 bps over the last three days while T bills have been driving the market. I suspect we will be here for a while as supply continues to be heavy until the second week of June. If you are seeking to buy for the long haul, we think rates move down over time, and this could be a good entry point. The next FOMC meeting will be 6/12, followed by 7/31. No cuts (or hikes) are expected at this time. 

At The DRL Group, we specialize in helping high-net-worth investors maximize tax-free returns by proactively maintaining their custom bond portfolios through all market conditions.



David Loesch

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