February 22, 2007

Note that these indices are experimental; the absolute and relative daily values are expected to change in the final version. In this version, index values are based at 1,000.0 on 2006-6-30
Index Mean Current Yield (at bid) Mean YTW Mean Average Trading Value Mean Mod Dur (YTW) Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 4.11% 4.13% 25,821 17.17 1 -0.0398% 1,043.6
Fixed-Floater 4.82% 3.75% 83,765 6.25 7 -0.1339% 1,040.6
Floater 4.48% -19.51% 55,890 3.36 5 -0.0621% 1,047.6
Op. Retract 4.71% 2.21% 75,053 2.06 18 -0.0521% 1,030.5
Split-Share 5.09% 0.56% 247,360 2.68 14 +0.0424% 1,045.6
Interest Bearing 6.45% 3.27% 61,399 2.36 5 +0.2939% 1,042.6
Perpetual-Premium 5.03% 3.89% 217,077 5.02 51 -0.0622% 1,053.6
Perpetual-Discount 4.53% 4.55% 1,110,515 16.32 11 -0.0140% 1,060.9
Major Price Changes
Issue Index Change Notes
CM.PR.P PerpetualPremium -1.1735% Now with a pre-tax bid-YTW of 4.07% based on a bid of $26.95 and a call 2012-11-28 at $25.00.
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Volume Notes
MFC.PR.C PerpetualDiscount 80,725 Scotia crossed 50,000 at 24.90. This issue went ex-dividend today. Now with a pre-tax bid-YTW of 4.52% based on a bid of $24.85 and a limitMaturity.
GWO.PR.F PerpetualPremium 53,285 TD crossed 47,800 at $28.10. This is the highest priced issue in the PerpetualPremium index and helps to justify a prejudice against premia by sporting a pre-tax bid-YTW of 1.84% based on a bid of $27.87 and a call 2008-10-30 at $26.00. Obviously, there are people who are prepared to slap their money down and bet on a call 2012-10-30 at $25, which will yield 3.84% (pre-tax) … but I’m not one of them! At an annual dividend of $1.475, there’s just too much chance GWO will refinance … but as I’ve said before, I’d be a lot happier if I knew exactly why CL.PR.B still exists!
CM.PR.J PerpetualDiscount 100,455 Recent new issue. Now with a pre-tax bid-YTW of 4.53% based on a bid of $24.91 and a limitMaturity.
BAM.PR.K Floater 40,333 Scotia crossed 40,000 at $24.95.
GWO.PR.X Retractible 39,759 Desjardins crossed 13,000 at $27.55, Scotia crossed 25,000 at $27.57. This is one of the issues subject to the issuer bid, which may (MAY!) have been de-railed by Great-West’s Putnam Purchase. Now with a pre-tax bid-YTW of 2.59% based on a bid of $27.55 and a call 2009-10-30 at $26.00 … buyers are hoping for a softMaturity 2013-09-29 at $25.00, yielding 3.21%. The latter figure is the interest-equivalent for Ontario fat cats of a whopping 4.49%. I note that Great-West LIFE (which is GWL, the insurance company, not GWO,┬áthe parent, so this is not a precise comparison) has some 5.995% 12/31/12 Tier 1 paper outstanding, indicated at 49bp over Canadas, or about 4.53%, so I fail to see any great attraction in this (preferred) issue, which is one step further away from the actual cash coming in the door.

There were thirteen other “$25 p.v. equivalent” index-included issues with over 10,000 shares traded today.

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