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First Half Public Finance Primary Issuance Down 20%, Foreshadows Potential Scarcity of Municipal Investment Options

  • Issuance was 20% lower in the first half of 2023 compared to the first six months of 2022.
  • Activity averaged $29 billion a month, matching our expectation.
  • Municipal mutual fund flows are turning, tells us municipal investor sentiment is strengthening.
  • A scarcity of municipal bonds could develop because of the supply and demand dynamic in the near term, and because of federal tax policy in the medium term.
  • The above dynamic, along with historically attractive municipals yields, reinforces the case we have been making to investors about the appealing nature of the municipal bond market.

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