At close Dec 18, 2014
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Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. (NYSE MKT: FAX)
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Asian local currency bond markets performed well in October, as bond yields fell across most markets and currencies received some respite from the broad U.S. dollar rally. A sharp drop in oil prices fuelled global deflationary concerns. Combined with renewed weakness in Europe, slowing growth in China and weak data in the U.S., this pushed back expectations with respect to the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes, even as the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) ended its asset purchases, driving a rally in U.S. Treasuries. Concurrently, both the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan (BOJ) moved to expand their quantitative easing (QE) programs. Also weighing on investors’ minds was a sharp sell-off in European periphery market yields and concerns over a potential Ebola epidemic.
Economic data was sluggish across most of Asia. Central banks kept interest rates unchanged as inflation slowed and growth pressures mounted. The exception was Korea, where policymakers cut the benchmark rate by 25 basis points. As a result, bonds rallied, but the won underperformed, hurt by contagion from the yen’s sharp depreciation following the BOJ’s QE announcement. In the rest of the region, there is scope for the central banks in Thailand and India to ease policy rates over the coming quarters.
Indonesia’s bond market and currency outperformed their peers. The rally was due to positive sentiment around Joko Widodo’s inauguration. In addition, the government indicated a hike in fuel prices in early November, which would ease the fiscal burden. Another solid performer was India, where bonds and the rupee strengthened owing to robust auction demand, moderating inflation and optimism that the Modi government would accelerate reforms following election wins in two key states.
Chinese bonds rallied and the yuan rose against the U.S. dollar after signs of policy easing by the central bank. Economic growth slowed to 7.3% in the third quarter, while consumer prices decelerated in September. Thailand’s growth outlook remained subdued, reflected in the first fall in consumer confidence in five months, which led the cabinet to approve stimulus measures worth 364.5 billion baht. The bond market performed well, but the baht was weak.
In both Malaysia and the Philippines, buying interest was focused on longer-term bonds, whereas the short end lagged. The peso and the ringgit closed flat against the U.S. dollar. Bond markets in Singapore and Hong Kong rose in tandem with U.S. Treasuries. Along with the baht and won, the Singapore dollar underperformed other regional currencies.
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