Pity Indonesia. One year ago, the country was lauded for the openness of its domestic bond market.
In the months before Standard Poor’s upgraded it to investment grade status in May 2017, Indonesia’s domestic bond market was a magnet for foreign investors, attracted by the combination of the country’s high growth and high bond yields.
Today, Indonesia is experiencing the reverse phenomenon.
Rising US interest rates and contracting global liquidity have prompted foreign capital outflows across emerging markets. In Indonesia, this trend has been exacerbated by concerns that the Jokowi administration is tolerating fiscal slippage in the run up to a general and presidential...