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Asia feels upward rates pressure; equities decline

Tan KW
Publish date: Thu, 08 Jun 2023, 03:13 PM
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 Yields on government bonds rose in Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia while Treasuries held their sharp move from the previous session as investors reassessed the risks from inflation.

Benchmark 10-year yields rose around 16 basis points in Australia and 12 basis points in New Zealand while Japanese yields of the same maturity edged about two basis points higher. The yield on Australia’s three-year note touched the highest level since 2012. Government bond yields in Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia also rose.

The unexpected decision by the Bank of Canada to restart its rate-hiking campaign - which followed an increase earlier in the week in Australia - had immediate impact across global markets. It spurred traders to boost wagers on Federal Reserve rate increases, with swaps at one point fully pricing in a quarter-point hike for the July meeting. Bets for next week’s decision edged higher but still priced less than 40% odds of such an increase.

The moves in Japan, meanwhile, were heavily influenced by GDP data that was much stronger than estimated, with the economy expanding 2.7% in the first quarter versus projections for 1.9% growth. The news also saw the yen strengthen.

Treasury yields stabilized in Asian trading after a sharp increase across the curve Wednesday that added 14 basis points to the 10-year benchmark.

A gauge of Asian equities fell, weighed down by weakness in Chinese stocks. Benchmarks in Australia, South Korea and Japan also declined slightly. Investors were also focused on a potential new record high for Indian equity benchmarks after a recent rally.

Overnight in the US, tech shares bore the brunt of jitters over higher rates, sending the S&P 500 down for a second day this week and the Nasdaq 100 to its worst day since April. Contracts on the US benchmarks were marginally lower in Asian trading.

Bridgewater Associates’ billionaire founder Ray Dalio said while interest rates won’t go much higher, the economy will get worse.

“We are at the beginning of a late, big-cycle debt crisis when you are producing too much debt and have a shortage of buyers,” Dalio said from the Bloomberg Invest conference in New York.


  - Bloomberg


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