India’s High-Yield Bonds Fuel Overseas Investor Interest

With investor limits for India’s high return sovereign debt almost used up, overseas investors are looking to buy state notes. U.K. headquartered Aberdeen Standard Investments started buying the securities about three months ago and the investment now accounts for about one-fifth of its $312 million Indian bond fund.

Bloomberg Quint says: The highest yields among major Asian emerging markets have made Indian government debt a favorite with overseas investors, who have pumped about $20 billion into rupee securities this year. State bonds, which offer an extra 60-70 basis points of yield over the sovereigns, trade at very similar levels despite differences between the local economies. That’s because the Reserve Bank of India has a zero percent risk rating on the notes, meaning domestic investors treat the unrated securities like federal debt.

A case of dollar bills

Aberdeen’s Lin Jing Leong, a fixed-income investment manager in Singapore said, “We were one of the early asset managers to get into Indian state bonds. We’re definitely seeing others try and get on board.”

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California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.

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