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Thai Bonds Rise on Inflows as Stock Rally Spurs Risk-Taking

Thailand’s government bonds advanced for the first time in more than a week after foreign funds pumped money into the nation’s debt as a rally in regional stocks encouraged risk-taking. The baht was little changed.

International investors bought $391 million more sovereign notes than they sold in the first two days of this week, according to data from the Thai Bond Market Association. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index of shares gained for a sixth day amid optimism U.S. lawmakers will reach a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff of spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect next year.

“Fund inflows from overseas are a major support for Thai bonds,” said Tsutomu Soma, manager of the investment trust and fixed-income business unit at Rakuten Securities Inc. in Tokyo. “Stocks have been rising recently, making it easier for investors to take risks.”

The yield on the 3.125 percent securities due December 2015 dropped two basis points, or 0.02 percentage point, to 2.92 percent as of 3:13 p.m. in Bangkok from Dec. 4, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That was the first decline since Nov. 27. Financial markets were closed yesterday for a public holiday.

The baht traded at 30.67 per dollar, compared with 30.68 on Dec. 4, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. One-month implied volatility, a measure of expected moves in exchange rates used to price options, rose three basis points to 3.94 percent.

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