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Pimco Says Asia Bonds to Benefit From Growth, Ratings

Pimco Says U.S. Will Keep Reserve-Currency Status
The U.S. currency headed for a gain in 2010 even as officials around the world said Federal Reserve policies to add $600 billion to the U.S. economy would debase the currency. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Pacific Investment Management Co., which runs the world’s biggest bond fund, said Asian debt will benefit from quickening economic growth and improving ratings.

“Investors would appreciate Asian credit at current levels,” Chia-Liang Lian, an emerging-markets portfolio manager in Pimco’s Singapore office, wrote in a report put on the company’s website.

An index of Asian local-currency bonds returned 12 percent last year, the most since 2006, according to figures compiled by HSBC Holdings Plc. Developing Asian economies including China and India will grow 8.4 percent in 2011 compared with 2.2 percent in advanced economies, according to International Monetary Fund estimates.

Pimco’s Emerging Asia Bond Fund returned 0.9 percent in the past month, beating 70 percent of its competitors, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The company, based in Newport Beach, California, is a unit of Munich-based insurer Allianz SE.

To contact the reporter on this story: Wes Goodman in Singapore at wgoodman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rocky Swift at rswift5@bloomberg.net

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