In a world of low inflation, negative interest rates and slowing growth, the search for yield that investors cite has become like a broken music streaming app repeated ad nauseam. Issuers, on the other hand, are continuing to enjoy the benign interest rate regime an opportunity for them to recalibrate their debt profile whether via refinancing activity or conducting liability management.
The reality is that rates remain low and likely to remain so in the foreseeable future. This is providing a further fillip to issuing and investing in bonds in the emerging markets especially in Asia where while growth has receded remain above the rest and returns from emerging markets bonds are better than what could be earned in the developed markets.
Meanwhile, global and domestic investors, now with more than a decade investing in Asian bonds have become advocates for the market’s development. Issuers are tapping the fixed income market in new ways. Domestic markets also are seeing a broadening in the institutional investor base.
Dovetailing the expanding fixed income investor base is the move to continue to open fixed income markets. The most notable developments have been in two of the region’s largest economies – China and India.
With the growing interest in fixed income products, initiatives are underway to also address shortcomings in the secondary market. Deploying technology via electronic trading platforms to allow for pre and post-trade transparency are underway in Singapore. In addition, a number of fintech startups have launched robo-advisory enhancing investors’ choices.
With a whirlwind of activity in Asia’s bond markets, how are issuers viewing the somewhat conflicting monetary strategy between the US and the rest of the world and how is it affecting their approach to financing? How should investors position themselves? What’s next for China and India in attracting foreign institutional investor participation? With the slowdown in the region, how will corporates in Asia fare and will it lead to more restructuring exercises to reframe debt in the new normal?
Now on its 11th year, the Asian Bond Markets Summit is the definitive fixed income event in Asia that draws the largest participation of issuers and institutional investors. Organized in association with the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Bond Markets Summit is a part of Asean Bond Markets Initiative especially in deepening the development of Asia’s bond markets.
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