A favourable risk-return profile, potential extra yield and diversification are some of the key reasons supporting the investment case for Asian local currency fixed income.
Asian debt markets have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, however there are potential opportunities out there. China, for example, has actually seen corporate defaults fall because of proactive government measures. Overall, SSGA expect yields to trend lower. Here’s why.
The spread of COVID-19 has placed extraordinary pressure on the markets. The stronger fundamentals, market structures and dynamics of Asian economies and bond markets are some of the main factors underpinning the relative resilience of Asian local currency bonds.
While the full impact of the virus remains unclear, it will likely force China to maintain a degree of policy support into the second half of 2020 and possibly beyond.
As we enter the final two months of 2019, State Street Global Advisors thought it would be helpful to evaluate what has been an eventful year so far and its impact on the bond markets.
Many institutional investors are seriously considering adding fixed income ETFs to their portfolios. Here in our second instalment we continue to dispel some myths about the investment vehicle.