Indonesia Bond Yields at Two-Month Low on Inflows; Rupiah Steady
Indonesian government bonds advanced, pushing the 10-year yield to a two-month low, after foreign funds pumped money into the nation’s securities to seek better returns. The rupiah was little changed.
Overseas investors have added 6.44 trillion rupiah ($671 million) to their holdings of local sovereign debt since the Federal Reserve announced a third round of asset purchases that boost the supply of dollars on Sept. 13, finance ministry data show. Indonesian notes due 2022 yielded 5.83 percent, compared with 4.74 percent for Philippines, rated the same at Standard & Poor’s, and 3.49 percent for Thailand, three levels higher at the rating company.
“Indonesia’s bonds have room to rally further,” said Artanavaro Gasali, the head of global markets at PT Bank ICBC Indonesia in Jakarta. “Yields are still high compared to their peers.”
The yield on the government’s 7 percent bonds due May 2022 fell one basis point, or 0.01 percentage point, to 5.83 percent as of 9:16 a.m. in Jakarta, the lowest level since Aug. 10, according to prices from the Inter Dealer Market Association. The rate has dropped six basis points in four days.
The rupiah was steady at 9,590, prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg show. It reached 9,657 on Oct. 11, the weakest level since October 2009. One-month implied volatility, which measures exchange-rate swings used to price options, held at 6 percent.
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