The S&P Municipal Bond Index has returned 5.74% year to date as yields have remained relatively stable as the market absorbs new issue supply. High yield municipal bonds tracked in the S&P Municipal Bond High Yield Index have continued to outperform their corporate junk bond counterparts by returning 9.67% year to date. As the yields for U.S. corporate junk bonds has hit lows well below 5%, municipal high yield bonds in the S&P Municipal Bond High Yield Index have remained over 6%.

  • Longer dated municipal bonds have outpaced U.S. Treasuries with the S&P Municipal Bond 20 Year High Grade Index returning 12.48% year to date. The 3.75% tax-exempt yield of these bonds remains over 25bps cheaper than the 30 year U.S. Treasury Bond.

This article was written by J.R. Rieger, global head of fixed income, S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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