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Peter Hayes: Surveying the Municipal Bond Landscape

BlackRock’s head of muni-bond investing on how states and municipalities are faring, where stimulus is most needed, and risks and opportunities investors face.

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Our guest this week is Peter Hayes. Peter is a managing director at BlackRock where he heads the firm's municipal income group and sits on its global fixed-income Executive Committee. In his role, Peter oversees all aspects of municipal fund management, including portfolio management, research, strategy, and trading. Among his responsibilities, Peter is one of the managers of the BlackRock Strategic Opportunities Fund. In addition to these duties, Peter is also a member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee. Before joining BlackRock in 2006, Peter was a portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch Investment Management, where he led the short-term tax-exempt trading desk and managed short-term municipal bond strategies. Peter earned a bachelor's in economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Background

Peter Hayes Bio

The Big Picture

Local Finances Are Troubled, but Fund Investors May Still Profit,” by Carla Fried, nytimes.com, July 10, 2020.

Muni Investors Scale Back,” by Peter Hayes, blackrock.com, Oct. 7, 2020.

How Much Is COVID-19 Hurting State and Local Revenues?” by Louise Sheiner and Sophia Campbell, brookings.edu, Sept. 24, 2020.

Record Increases of new Covid-19 Cases in 3 U.S. States With the Most Population,” by Jay Croft, Christina Maxouris, and Douglas Wood, cnn.com, June 24, 2020.

Stimulus

Second Stimulus Checks (10/1/20): What Will the Next Stimulus Package Look Like?” by Claudia Dimuro, pennlive.com, Oct. 2, 2020.

CARES Act Includes Essential Measures to Respond to Public Health, Economic Crises, But More Will Be Needed,” by Sharon Parrott and others, cbpp.org, March 27, 2020.

Municipal Liquidity Facility definition

The Fed Says It Is Expanding its Municipal Bond Buying Program,” by Jeff Cox, cnbc.com, April 27, 2020.

U.S. Municipal Market Activity Witnessing Positive Momentum Post Fed’s Intervention,” by Nikhil Francis and Saswata Mohanty, acuitykp.com, Sept. 18, 2020.

Lawmakers Tangle Over Fed’s Muni-Market Rescue,” by Heather Gillers, morningstar.com, Sept. 17, 2020.

Riskier Fixed-Income Sectors Bounce Back in the Second Quarter,” by Gabriel Denis, Morningstar.com, July 6, 2020.

Credit

Municipal Bond Perspective: Where We Go From Here,” beyondbullsandbears.com, April 24, 2020.

How Is the Coronavirus Crisis Affecting the Municipal Bond Market?” by Daniel Bergstresser, econofact.org, April 8, 2020.

Bond Insurance Returns to the Muni Market in a Big Way,” by Heather Gillers, wsj.com, Oct. 22, 2020.

Muni Bond Insurers See Demand Grow Amid Pandemic Worries,” by Liz Kiesche, seekingalpha.com, Oct. 22, 2020.

Supply and Demand

Municipal Bond Market Update—September Edition,” by Corey Boller, dividend.com, Sept. 10, 2020.

Supply and demand shocks in the COVID-19 pandemic: an industry and occupation perspective,” by R Maria del Rio-Chanona and others, academic.oup.com, Aug. 29, 2020.

Will Supply-Chain Disruptions and Delayed Capital Spending Be Material,” by Brian Bernard, Morningstar.com, March 25, 2020.

Munis in Focus: 2020 Municipal Market Update,” by David Hammer, pimco.com, Sept. 11, 2020.

Global Supply Chains in a Post-Pandemic World,” by Willy C. Shih, hbr.org, Sept.-Oct. 2020.

Reviving States, Cities and the Munibond Market Amid COVID-19,” by Brian Wynne, morganstanley.com, April 27, 2020.

Revenue Streams Drying Up? Municipal Bonds in the Pandemic,” by Dennis DiCicco, jhinvestments.com, Aug. 20, 2020.

Taxes

Calculating Tax Equivalent Yield: Are Municipal Bonds Right for You?” by Thomas Kenny, thebalance.com, May 11, 2020.

7 Best Tax-Free Municipal Bond Funds,” by Barbara Friedberg, money.usnews.com, Oct. 7, 2020.

Taxable Munis? They’re Worth a Look,” by Jeffrey R. Kosnett, Kiplinger.com, Jan. 2, 2020.

Coronavirus Fears Affect the Municipal Bond Market,” by Cooper Howard, schwab.com, March 18, 2020.

What Is the Muni-Treasury Ratio or M/T Ratio?” by Thomas Kenny, thebalance.com, July 29, 2020.

Portfolio/Positioning

Strategic Municipals Opportunities Fund

Muni Market Tailwinds Turn to Headwinds,” by Peter Hayes and Sean Carney, blackrock.com, April 2, 2020.

Short Term Treasuries Are ‘Overvalued’: BlackRock Muni Bonds Head,” Peter Hayes on “On the Move” video panel, finance.yahoo.com, Sept. 18, 2020.

Stay the Course Amid Market Volatility,” blackrock.com.

Volatility, the Vote and Taking the Long View,” by Tony DeSpirito, blackrock.com, Oct. 12, 2020.

Issue Selection

How Munis Can Boost Your Investment Health,” gsam.com, Oct. 5, 2020.

How to Invest in Municipal Bonds,” by Miranda Marquit, forbes.com, July 9, 2020.

Small Investors Ruled the Municipal-Bond World for a few Days in March,” by Heather Gillers, wsj.com, May 7, 2020.

How and Why to Build a Bond Ladder,” fidelity.com, Sept. 17, 2020.

Rising Rates Series: The Ups and Downs of Bond Ladders,” by Karen Schenone, fundsociety.com, June 4, 2018.

2011: The Year 60 Minutes Misled Americans About Municipal Bonds,” by Janet Tavakoli, businessinsider.com, Dec. 30, 2011.