India, S.Korea win most foreign inflows into Asian bonds in Aug

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(Sept 10): Foreign flows into Asian bonds were mixed in August, with India and South Korean bonds securing most of the regional inflows thanks to their high returns, while concern over slowing economic growth and the U.S.-China trade dispute prompted outflows elsewhere.

Last month, Asian bonds received a combined total inflow of US$1.79 billion, data from regional banks and bond market associations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea and India showed.

Overseas investors purchased US$1.69 billion worth of Indian bonds in August, the highest in the region, lured by its higher yields.

South Korean bonds attracted US$1.44 billion worth of foreign money ahead of more expected interest rate cuts this year, after its central bank surprised investors by cutting its policy rate by 25 basis points in July.

However, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia saw outflows worth US$1.02 billion, US$242 million and US$21 million, respectively.

The growing trade war between the United States and China, resulting in the yuan weakening to more than 7 yuan per dollar, and concerns about the global economy were behind the risk-off tone in markets in the month, said Khoon Goh, head of Asia research at ANZ.