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Zions Direct Announces Auction Results: Auctions of Municipal and Corporate Bonds for Week Ending August 27, 2010

Zions Direct (www.zionsdirect.com), in conjunction with BondDesk Group LLC, regularly publishes a Market Snapshot for investors to help understand the current bond market, summarizing current weighted-average yields of investment-grade municipal and corporate bonds.  

In auctions closed from August 23, 2010 to August 27, 2010, investors purchasing municipal bonds in the auctions received average tax-exempt yields 0.64 percentage points, or 64 basis points, higher than similar bonds as reported by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). Customers that purchased corporate bonds in the auctions received average taxable yields 92 basis points higher than comparable bonds reported in FINRA's Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE).

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Municipal Bonds' Average Yields Trade Data (source: MSRB)

 

2010 - 2011

2011

2012

2013

2015

2017

2020

Rating

< 9mo

1 yr

2 yr

3 yr

5 yr

7 yr

10 yr

AAA

0.34%

0.44%

0.56%

0.73%

1.23%

1.75%

2.32%

AA

0.39%

0.47%

0.62%

0.84%

1.38%

2.01%

2.43%

A

0.5%

0.71%

0.99%

1.41%

2.07%

2.71%

3.22%

BBB

7.6%

3.04%

1.98%

2.35%

3.12%

3.7%

3.8%

Insured AAA-AA

0.45%

0.52%

0.74%

1.07%

1.57%

2.18%

2.68%

Municipal Bond Auction Comparison Data (auction data from auctions.zionsdirect.com)

Issuer

Term

Rating

Auction Yield

MSRB

Difference

 

 

 

 

Avg Yield

(basis points)

SL Cnty MBA, UT Rev

1 Month

AA

1.40%

0.39%

101

Austin, TX Rev

3 Month

A

0.98%

0.50%

48

UT Wtr Fin Agy, UT Rev

13 Month

A

1.25%

0.71%

54

Wallington, NJ GO

11 Month

Insured AAA

1.15%

0.52%

63

Snohomish Cnty, WA

3 Month

AA

0.98%

0.39%

59

Alpine SD, UT GO

7 Month

Insured AAA

0.85%

0.45%

39

Average Difference

 

 

 

 

61

Corporate Bonds' Average Yields Trade Data (source: FINRA's TRACE)

 

2010 - 2011

2011

2012

2013

2015

2017

2020

Rating

< 9mo

1 yr

2 yr

3 yr

5 yr

7 yr

10 yr

AAA

0.24%

0.38%

0.68%

1.%

1.91%

2.49%

2.93%

AA

0.64%

0.62%

1.23%

1.66%

2.39%

3.4%

4.06%

A

0.62%

1.19%

1.54%

2.24%

3.19%

3.88%

4.59%

BBB

0.97%

1.25%

2.5%

2.78%

3.46%

4.91%

4.57%

Corporate Bond Auction Comparison Data (auction data from auctions.zionsdirect.com)

Issuer

Term

Rating

Auction Yield

TRACE

Difference

 

 

 

 

Avg Yield

(basis points)

HSBC Finance Corp

8 Month

A

1.75%

0.62%

113

National Rural Utilities

3 Year

A

3.03%

2.24%

80

General Electric Capital

2 Month

AA

1.05%

0.64%

41

Oracle

5 Month

A

1.05%

0.62%

43

Caterpillar Fin Srvcs

7 Month

A

1.25%

0.62%

63

Target

5 Month

A

1.10%

0.62%

48

Average Difference

 

 

 

 

65

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Market Snapshot Information Disclaimer

MSRB and TRACE bond trade data displayed as weighted average yield. Municipal bond information from MSRB as of August 20, 2010. The Trade Data was developed by BondDesk Group based on information from MSRB’s Real-Time Transaction Reporting System, and excludes transactions in taxable bonds. Auction information from auctions.zionsdirect.com as of August 20, 2010.

Corporate bond information from FINRA's Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) as of August 20, 2010. The Trade Data was developed by BondDesk Group based on trade reporting information from TRACE, and excludes transactions in callable and floating-rate coupon bonds. The aggregate rating for each bond is based on average ratings from Moody’s and S&P (when available).

Although information in this Market Snapshot is believed to be reliable, Zions Direct and BondDesk make no express or implied warranties of any kind regarding this information, including as to its accuracy or completeness. Auction data excludes bonds in undersubscribed auctions.

The information in the Market Snapshot is not intended to serve as the basis for investment decisions. Past performance is not an indication of future results.

Municipal bonds are exempt from federal tax and may or may not be tax-exempt in individual states. The inclusion of municipal bonds selected by tax-exempt status is generated from pertinent federal tax attributes as populated from Muller, IDC, and/or BD ATS data sources.

Terms are defined as follows: < 9 months = anything less than .75 years to maturity; 1 year = anything greater than 0.75 years and less than 1.5 years to maturity; 2 years = anything greater than 1.5 years and less than 2.5 years to maturity; 3 years = anything greater than 2.5 years and less than 4 years to maturity; 5 years = anything greater than 4 years and less than 6 years to maturity; 7 years = anything greater than 6 years and less than 8.5 years to maturity; 10 years = anything greater than 8.5 years and less than 11.5 years to maturity.

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