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Junk bonds to widen investment options: China SHANGHAI: China's plan to introduce high-yield corporate bonds on the Shanghai stock exchange will create a new class of investments in its capital market, bringing in new investors who have not been active in the country's corporate debt market so far. The move will also widen credit channels for small, private firms now largely shut out of China's state-dominated financial system and offer alternative funding to bank loans and equity fundraising. Analysts say the longer-term challenge of riskier instruments may also step up reform of China's ratings system, transparency and regulations to better protect investors. The so-called "junk" bond market is expected to open soon on a trial basis, offering high-risk, high-return corporate debt products to investors, including brokerages, asset managers, and hedging funds, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The market may later open to private equity (PE) funds. These institutions have so far mainly focused on China's ...

US 30-year bond extends loss to one point           NEW YORK: The US 30-year Treasury bond extended its loss to a point on Thursday, pushing government bond yields to five-month highs as investors banked on improved prospects for the economy and turned away from safe-haven government debt. Thirty-year bonds were down 1-4/32, their yields rising to 3.47 percent from 3.40 percent late on Wednesday. Reinforcing the move was news that new US claims for unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting strengthening in ...
JGBs follow US debt down, but dip buying supports              TOKYO: Japanese government bonds skidded on Thursday, tracking a drop in US debt and further pressured as Tokyo stocks rose, but dip buying emerged after 10-year cash bond yields touched a three-month high. Ten-year JGB futures fell 0.42 point to 141.51 after dropping as low as 141.29, their lowest since July 2011, on stop-loss selling by hedge funds. The fall extended futures' largest drop in a year in the previous session. The yield on the latest ...
US bonds drop after upbeat Fed statement  TOKYO: Treasuries extended losses in Asia on Wednesday, with the 30-year bond yield creeping to a fresh more than four-month high, as equities surged after the U.S Federal Reserve highlighted signs of strength in the economy. The central bank said after a regular meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee on Tuesday that it expects "moderate" growth over coming quarters along with a gradual decline in the unemployment rate. While the Fed said it plans to ...
JGBs drop as equities soar, but BOJ hopes support  TOKYO: Japanese government bonds skidded on Wednesday as equities rallied after the Federal Reserve upgraded its economic outlook, but their fall was seen limited by buying ahead of the end of Japan's fiscal year as well as the Bank of Japan's commitment to easy policy. Ten-year JGB futures slipped 0.28 point to 142.19, while the yield on the latest 10-year JGB rose two and a half basis points to a nearly five-week high of 0.995 percent. "Given ...
Japan cleared to buy Chinese government bonds TOKYO: Japan said on Tuesday it had won approval from Beijing to buy Chinese government bonds for the first time, in a move aimed at binding Asia's two biggest economies and traditional rivals closer together. China does not allow investors to freely purchase its debt, requiring official approval instead. But analysts said it appeared to be the first time a major economy had bought government bonds directly from Beijing. The green light for Tokyo points to a ...
JGBs edge down as investors await BoJ outcome TOKYO: Japanese government bonds edged down on Tuesday, as investors awaited the outcome of the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting. The central bank is expected to announce its regular policy decision after midday Tokyo time (0300 GMT), and is likely to extend a loan programme for growth industries and stress its willingness to take more monetary steps to stimulate the economy as needed. The JGB market is unlikely to react much, however, unless the BOJ ...


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