Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Thai government bonds advanced and the baht retreated from close to a five-month high before data that economists predict will show declining overseas sales.
Exports fell 5.9 percent in August, the biggest slide this year, after a drop of 4.5 percent in July, according to the median estimate of analysts in a Bloomberg survey before a government report due Sept. 25. International investors pumped $658 million into sovereign notes this week through yesterday, according to data from the Thai Bond Market Association. Three-year debt from the Southeast Asian nation yielded 2.87 percentage points more than similar-maturity Treasuries.
“Exports are a concern amid weak global demand,” said Tsutomu Soma, manager of the investment trust and fixed-income business unit at Rakuten Securities Inc. in Tokyo. “Bonds in Asia will probably receive a lot of funds due to their relative safety and higher yields.”
The yield on the 3.65 percent bonds due December 2021 dropped four basis points, or 0.04 percentage point, to 3.63 percent, as of 3:12 p.m. in Bangkok, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The baht lost 0.3 percent to 30.89 per dollar, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The currency touched 30.66 on Sept. 17, the strongest level since March 27. One-month implied volatility, a measure of exchange-rate swings used to price options, was unchanged at 4.27 percent.
Export growth this year may be lower than previously forecast, according to the minutes of the Bank of Thailand’s Sept. 5 meeting released yesterday. The monetary policy committee voted 3-2 to maintain the benchmark interest rate at 3 percent on that day, with two members absent, they showed.
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