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Asian fixed income stays steady amid yield turbulence

Kheng-Siang Ng
Kheng-Siang Ng6/11/2021 06:30 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Asian fixed income stays steady amid yield turbulence
While the recent spike in bond yields affected Asian bonds, the muted impact hints at resilience.
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As inflation expectations rise and bond yields spike, Asian bonds have remained relatively resilient. We examine three factors that are helping to support the region’s fixed income markets.

The biggest story in the bond markets right now is a return of the “taper tantrum” we saw in years gone by. Although the Federal Reserve has not indicated any monetary tightening, bond yields in many developed markets have spiked on greater inflation expectations resulting from the new US$1.9 trillion ($2.5 trillion) US stimulus package. The 10- year US Treasury yield hit 1.67% on March 26, 2021 — its strongest level in over a year and almost 75 basis points (bps) higher than end-2020 levels. Ten-year UK gilts surged from 0.20% to 0.76% over the same period, while 10-year German bonds moved from –0.58% to –0.35%.

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