Asia G3 bond bonanza still going strong

Market participants deliver a buoyant outlook for Asia's G3 bond market, supported by an ongoing search for yield.

The outlook for Asia’s G3 bond market remains on track to hit a record issuance of corporate bonds in 2017, despite Moody’s recent downgrade of China’s sovereign rating, an industry conference heard last week.

Investors’ desperate search for yield helps issuers to repair their balance sheets, and the profile of the investor base has firmly shifted from developed markets to regional demand, such as China, market participants said.

“The hunger for yield regionally and internationally has provided a stable backdrop in the regional G3 bond market, as has China’s push into Southeast Asia due to diversification purposes,” Michael Seewald, managing director and lead analytical manager for corporate...

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