An analysis of the failed municipal bond and note futures contracts

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Abstract

This study analyzes the failure of the municipal bond and municipal note futures contracts. The municipal bond contract is shown to have been the most effective hedge in the municipal market over its tenure. Changes in volume in the municipal bond contract were closely related to changes in the volume in the U.S. Treasury bond futures contract, the spot-municipal-over-bonds (MOB) ratio, and visible supply. The failure of the municipal bond contract is mainly attributed to a decrease in trading volume in the U.S. Treasury futures market. This was impacted by the onset of electronic trading, which the municipal futures market was reluctant to embrace. The municipal note contract was a less effective hedge than U.S. Treasury note futures and ten-year London Interbank Offered Rate swaps. The failure of the municipal note futures contract is attributed to the existence of well-established alternative hedges, and segmentation in the municipal market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)656-679
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Futures Markets
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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