With rising bond yields, India to outdo emerging market peers: Nomura Asset

New Delhi, Jul 27: After seeing India’s benchmark bond yields rise more than 40 basis points this year, Nomura Asset Management Co.’s Takashi Mishima is seeing a “good entry point” into the market now.
“India stands out by far in emerging markets,” Mishima, a senior fund manager at the fixed-income investment department of Nomura Asset, which oversaw the equivalent of $493 billion as of March 31, said in an interview in Tokyo. “The market has already priced in much of the potential rate increases and that would limit any yield gains from here.”
India’s benchmark 10-year sovereign yield has climbed to the highest level since 2014 last month amid concerns of rising oil prices fanning inflation and leading to a tighter monetary policy by the central bank. Foreign investors have withdrawn more than $6 billion from rupee debt this year, while the currency has weakened 7 per cent to 68.6650 per dollar, making it the worst performer in Asia.
“It’s unlikely that the rupee will rebound significantly, but it’s also unlikely to fall drastically given the support that the central bank provides through intervention,” Mishima said. “We expect the authority to defend around 70 per dollar-level for the time being.”
The spread between the yields of AAA 10-year corporate bonds and similar-maturity sovereign debt widened about five times from its 13-year low in January, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Nomura’s two India bond funds, which had combined assets of the equivalent of $1.9 billion as of July 24, also invest in dollar-denominated Indian corporate debt. The fund owns notes issued by companies that are linked to the government and have longer duration, such as 10-year securities of Oil India Ltd. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp., according to Mishima.