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IGM Credit

Asia Bond Barometer: Credit spreads will tighten a bit more in 2020

By Riki Zhang 05 Dec 2019

Asia Bond Barometer: Credit spreads will tighten a bit more in 2020

Asia Bond Barometer: Credit spreads will tighten a bit more in 2020

IGM FX and Rates

China Insight: Year 2020 - Growth sluggish, while monetary policy cautious

By Riki Zhang 04 Dec 2019

China Insight: Year 2020 - Growth sluggish, while monetary policy cautious

China Insight: Year 2020 - Growth sluggish, while monetary policy cautious

IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

China Insight: Bond Inflows Slow Down But RMB FX Little Impacted

By Tim Cheung 03 Dec 2019

China Insight 1203

Chinese onshore bonds saw a reduction of net inflows to USD2bn in October, down 82% from a month ago (chart 1). Foreign investors' net purchase of CGBs slowed to USD2.2bn, down 70% from September. Meanwhile, policy bank notes and NCDs saw small outflows of -USD0.5bn and -USD0.8bn respectively, vs an inflow of USD2bn to each of them in September. We attributed the slowdown in bond inflows largely to bear-steepening of the CGB yield curve as a result of the growing reluctance of PBOC to ease monetary policy in an environment of rising CPI inflation.

Topic Industry News

EPFR Fund Flows

ESG/SRI Investing in the Digital Age for Gen XYZ

By Vik Srimurthy 02 Dec 2019

ESG

ESG/SRI Investing in the Digital Age for Gen XYZ Today’s digital age has changed industries. Leading that charge is the technology sector, whose business model depends on harnessing the needs and tastes of Generations XYZ. Doing so involves identifying and understanding their values. These include the growing embrace by these generations of socially responsible (SRI) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria goals. Tech giants such as Google claims they are “Raising the bar in making smart use of the Earth’s resources, expecting the highest ethical standards throughout our supply chain and creating products with people and the planet in mind”. A corner of Amazon’s website talks about how the online retail giant is “driving carbon out of our business”. These sentiments certainly mesh with large segments of their customer base, which is not shy about demanding that they strive for these standards.

Topic Industry News

EPFR Fund Flows

Quants Corner

By Vik Srimurthy 02 Dec 2019

Quants Corner

South Africa: Bond funds go where equities fear to tread When it comes to picking through the fundamentals of Africa’s most developed economy, “pick your poison” often seems a serviceable operating principle. Anemic growth, high levels of household debt, an official unemployment rate of 29%, an energy parastatal struggling under the burden of $31 billion in debt and an investment grade credit rating hanging by a thread are all part of South Africa’s current narrative. For prudent investors, the case for reducing exposure to the country seems increasingly watertight. However, a more nuanced picture emerges when South Africa is viewed through the lens of mutual fund flows and allocations, and through some of the quantitative models derived from these datasets.

Topic Industry News

IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

The Context 12.02.19

02 Dec 2019

The Context 12.02.19

Inside this week’s edition of The Context, Financial Intelligence thought leaders discuss: Euro High Yield: November Volumes at a High November took the baton from October and ran with it, as high yield corporate issuance (ex financials) in euro topped the previous month's issuance which itself was a two-year high water mark. On a quarterly basis, Q4 is already the busiest quarter in two years. The AUD Week - Bias is Bearish This week, the RBA meet for the last time this year, and while no change is forecast (just 10% chance of a cut being priced), focus will be on the Bank's forward guidance. Turkey Testing U.S. Senators’ Sanctions Patience The Turkish military started testing its S-400 missile defence systems and as planned the system, which Turkey controversially agreed to purchase from Russia in 2017, is on track to be fully operational by April. Read more from The Context and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!

Topic Industry News

IGM Credit

Asia Bond Barometer: HY still a better choice over the rest of year

By Riki Zhang 28 Nov 2019

Asia Bond Barometer: HY still a better choice over the rest of year

Asia Bond Barometer: HY still a better choice over the rest of year

IGM Credit

China Insight: Bond inflows slow down, but RMB FX little impacted

By Riki Zhang 27 Nov 2019

China Insight: Bond inflows slow down, but RMB FX little impacted

China Insight: Bond inflows slow down, but RMB FX little impacted