November 22, 2006

Note that these indices are experimental; the absolute and relative daily values are expected to change in the final version
Index Mean Current Yield (at bid) Mean YTW Mean Average Trading Value Mean Mod Dur (YTW) Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 4.22% 4.18% 32,386 10.46 2 +0.0400% 1,019.1
Fixed-Floater 4.81% 3.91% 112,265 8.93 7 -0.0056% 1,028.1
Floater 4.49% -20.62% 65,074 6.55 5 +0.0337% 1,031.6
Op. Retract 4.66% 1.13% 80,999 2.25 18 -0.0633% 1,027.1
Split-Share 4.98% 3.24% 150,699 3.32 9 +0.2367% 1,033.4
Interest Bearing 6.93% 5.99% 67,042 3.88 7 +0.0764% 1,016.8
Perpetual-Premium 5.07% 3.94% 216,443 4.22 49 +0.0532% 1,043.3
Perpetual-Discount 4.63% 4.65% 1,044,020 16.13 9 +0.0950% 1,036.3
Major Price Changes
Issue Index Change Notes
FFN.PR.A SplitShare +1.6949% Assisting in some good performance for the SplitShare index for the month to date! Closed at $10.80-89, 16×15, for a bid-side pre-tax YTW of a completely rotten 2.58% based on a maturity 2009-12-1 at $10.00. I don’t get it, frankly. 2.58% as dividends pre-tax is the equivalent of 3.61% interest pre-tax, at the Ontario-Plutocrat-Equivalency-Factor (OPEF) of 1.4 (you thought I was going to link to the glossary, didn’t you? Ha! OPEF is not a real acronym). Anyway, 3.61% interest-equivalent to 2009? You can do better with Canadas! There’s no monkey-business going on with retractions, either, I wouldn’t think – the only possible retraction is at a 4% discount to NAV (if you retract capital units and the company has to buy prefs in the marketplace – they can’t redeem. I wouldn’t think this is a factor, but who knows?
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Volume Notes
SLF.PR.D PerpetualDiscount 216,237 Still trading heavily, despite all my expectations! Closed at 24.10-20, for a bid-YTW of 4.60%.
SLF.PR.C PerpetualDiscount 120,210 Another day of big trading, but this time it closed at $24.09-20, for a bid-YTW of 4.60%. At last its price is congruent with the virtually identical SLF.PR.D! Remember, you read it here first.
BAM.PR.M PerpetualDiscount 87,850 Recent new issue, closed at 24.54-60 for a pre-tax bid-YTW of 4.86%. Not much price movement after the first whack! An attractive issue at these levels.
CM.PR.I PerpetualDiscount 73,426 Yet another recent new issue, closing at $24.90-92 for a pre-tax bid-YTW of 4.74%.
ACO.PR.A OpRet 67,841 This issue again reminds us that there is more to life than recent-new-issue-perpetual-discounts (RNIPD). This time it was Scotia stepping up to the plate to cross 50,000 @ $28.15 (perhaps the commission will pay to settle with Berry!). At the closing bid of $28.20, it has a pre-tax YTW of merely 1.65%, based on a call 2008-12-31 at $26.00. Somebody’s obviously hoping they make it to the softMaturity 2011-11-30, when they will have yielded a more reasonable 3.10%, but you won’t often catch me making that bet!

There were seventeen other index-included issues trading over 10,000 shares today.

Update More on David Berry.

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