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Indonesia says repatriated cash under amnesty may have to be invested in bonds JAKARTA: Money repatriated to Indonesia as part of a tax amnesty plan may have to be invested in government bonds or those issued by state firms to get the biggest discounts, an official at the finance ministry said. Private bankers are already excited about the prospect of money returning from abroad under the tax amnesty plan."The plan is for the returning funds to be placed in government bonds in order to get the biggest amnesty, under private placement scheme," the director of borrowing strategy at the finance ministry,Scenaider Siahaan, told reporters on Wednesday."Another option is to require them to invest in state firms' bonds," he said, adding the bonds would be non-tradable, which means investors must hold them until they mature.The government is open to additional options, Siahaan said, including allowing the money to be channeled to local banks if such an option emerges during discussion of the tax amnesty ...

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South Korea central bank to sell 2.5trn won MSBs on Wednesday SEOUL: South Korea's central bank plans to sell 2.5 trillion won worth of 2-year monetary stabilisation bonds via an auction on Wednesday, the Bank of Korea said on Tuesday.The auction will be held at 0100 GMT for 10 minutes.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Indonesia sells 5.25 trillion rupiah of Islamic bonds at lower yields JAKARTA: Indonesia's finance ministry sold 5.25 trillion rupiah ($386 million) of Islamic bonds at an auction, above the indicative target of 4 trillion rupiah, its financing and risk management office said on Tuesday. The weighted average yield of the six-month Islamic t-bill was 6.26562 percent, lower than 6.83594 percent at the last sale on Jan. 26. The project-based sukuk maturing in January 2018 had a weighted average yield of 8.11879 percent, lower than 8.44990 percent. ...

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Japan 10-year bond yield goes negative for first time TOKYO: The yield on Japan's 10-year government bond dropped below zero Tuesday, in a first for a G7 country as panicked investors flee a bloodbath on equity markets.The note's effective return slipped to -0.005 percent in the afternoon, continuing a downtrend sparked by the Bank of Japan's surprise move last month to slap a negative interest rate on some commercial lenders' deposits.Before the unexpected decision, Japan's 10-year bond was paying a yield of about 0.2 ...

Markets - Fixed Income - Asia

Indonesia sells 15 trillion rupiah of bonds at auction, above target JAKARTA: Indonesia's finance ministry sold 15 trillion rupiah ($1.10 billion) worth of bonds at an auction on Tuesday, above the indicative target of 12 trillion rupiah.Total incoming bids were 34.64 trillion rupiah.The highest bid-to-cover ratio was 3.82 for the three-month T-bills.Following are results of the auction. Bids are in trillions of rupiah, yields are in percent. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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JGB yields tumble, yields negative up to almost 9 years TOKYO: Japanese government bond prices soared on Monday as the Bank of Japan's surprise introduction of negative interest rates last week drove yields for up to almost nine years below zero.The two-year yield fell as much as 8.0 basis points to minus 0.160 percent while the five-year notes yield dropped to minus 0.110 percent, both record lows.The 10-year yield also fell to a record low of 0.050 percent , though the sector was an underperformer ...

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China new home prices up in January BEIJING: China's new home prices increased in January for the sixth straight month, a survey showed Monday, positive news for the key sector following a series of stimulus measures aimed at boosting lending. The gains come as authorities have sought to stabilise China's property market -- a main driver of the world's second-largest economy -- and rolled out new measures intended to encourage migrant workers to buy homes in the cities where they work.The average ...