The sweet spots in bond investing this quarter
Navigating fixed income as the global economy glides towards a soft landing.
The summer holidays are around the corner and it may be time to plan for an investment that you can make in yourself, i.e. travel. Traveling may be a fruitful experience as you can learn new things along the way while enjoying the sights and sounds.
Similarly, investing in a well-chosen and diversified fixed income portfolio1 may also prove fruitful as we embark on an investment journey to uncover the hidden gems in Asian bonds.
Chinese onshore bonds have been a well-traveled road. The onshore market gained 3.4%2 in US dollar terms this year as of 27 March, following a return of 1.7%2 last year, on the back of a more accommodative Chinese monetary policy stance and positive sentiment from the on-going trade talks with the US.
With China likely to maintain a dovish bias, onshore and offshore bonds1 have the potential to continue to perform well with the limited correlation to other bond markets as well as their pending inclusion into influential global bond indices.
The US Federal Reserve’s (the Fed) shift has opened up additional investment options in the rest of Asia, which is a vibrant region with dynamic opportunities that are perhaps little known to some investors.
According to a World Economic Forum report3, China is expected to account for a third of global economic growth in 2019 while the rest of Asia is expected to take a 30% share - all the more reason for investors to consider the other parts of Asia.
We see opportunities emerging from Thailand in terms of lower-yielding bonds as well as Indonesia and India (high-yield bonds). And we believe the current investment environment favours high-yield bonds, supported by the following themes1:
Perhaps it may now be timely for investors to discover these destinations and uncover the hidden gems in these Asian bonds.