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Investors may warm up to other Indian bonds with 10-year deluge

Bloomberg July 31 | Updated on July 31, 2020 Published on July 31, 2020

Investors expect the supply glut to reduce of the appeal of the benchmark debt, while spreading out demand across tenors.

There’s so much supply of benchmark 10-year bonds in India that investors are starting to look for refuge in other tenors.

That’s becoming evident as the government announced the auction of a new 10-year bond for Friday, just two months after a similar issuance, instead of selling it about once a year. Some investors expect the supply glut to reduce of the appeal of the benchmark debt, while spreading out demand across tenors.

“Earlier there was a massive polarisation where only one bond used to command the bulk of the market liquidity and other bonds were completely on the fringe,” said Suyash Choudhary, head of fixed income at IDFC Asset Management Ltd. “If the market liquidity distributes among two to three bonds as its beginning to happen, that could be an unintended consequence which could be beneficial,” he said.

The government has already sold about ₹1 lakh crore of the benchmark 10-year bond since it was first issued in May. Choudhary estimates that the government may have to sell a new benchmark every quarter to complete its ₹12 lakh crore issuance plan for the fiscal year ending March 2021.

The yield on the existing 10-year note climbed to 5.88 per cent on Tuesday, the highest for a benchmark bond in four weeks on the news of the new sale, while the 6.19 per cent 2034 bond yield fell two basis points. Even as the benchmark yield has retreated since then, a shift in investor demand to other tenors could increase market liquidity and enhance price discovery in the nations $850 billion bond market.

It’s good for the pricing of surrounding bonds, Choudhary said.

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Published on July 31, 2020
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