BondWave, a leading financial technology firm servicing the fixed income market, has calculated up to eight pricing benchmarks for every customer trade disseminated by FINRA and the MSRB for asset classes requiring mark-up disclosure dating back to 2018. This Universal PMP data set is part of BondWave’s Benchmark Data & Trading Indices (BDTI), now known as QMarksTM.
Starting with Q4 2020, BondWave began producing dashboards for each of the four covered asset classes (corporate, municipal, agency, and 144A bonds) with plans to expand coverage to securitized products (MBS, ABS, CMO, etc.).
A new feature was added to the dashboards in Q2 2021 showing the weighted average number of levels of the waterfall for which BondWave was able to produce a PMP calculation.
The dashboards will help market participants better understand trading trends in the fixed income markets.
Third Quarter Observations
Fixed income trade counts continued to fall. Third quarter total trades were down across all asset classes relative to the second quarter.
- Corporate trades – down 9.76%
- Municipal trades – down 9.99%
- Agency trades – down 11.60%
- 144A trades – down 10.62%
Average trade size shrunk as well since par traded was down greater than trades relative to the second quarter.
- Corporate par traded – down 11.72%
- Municipal par traded – down 10.41%
- Agency par traded – down 15.78%
- 144A par traded – down 13.11%