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  • SC FIRST – Caution over, as Fed not impatient to hike - Updated Fri March 20, 2015

    Foreign investor sentiment towards emerging markets has improved after the 18 March FOMC meeting EM funds remain overweight duration and still favour Indonesia, but are returning to Malaysia EM/DM yield spread to be range-bound as foreign investor...

  • SC FIRST – Better off in EM in 2015 - Updated Thu January 29, 2015

    Current investor behaviour supports EM bonds, based on SC FIRST data on EM flows and positioning • Foreign holdings recovered in January after dipping in December; structural demand for EM continues • Indonesia stood out as the big positive story ...

  • SC FIRST – EM losing the game of patience - Updated Thu December 18, 2014

    Fed will be patient but EM investors are not; outflows are channelling through more liquid bond markets • While overall flows reflect the Fed story, relative flows show the lower oil story still captures mindshare • Stressed markets care about e...

  • Trip notes – Beyond oil - Updated Mon December 8, 2014

    We met with clients across the US last week to discuss opportunities heading into 2015 • Post-OPEC, the focus was heavily on oil; moves in trade-weighted FX had less focus • Risk addition is likely to be light into year-end; currency wars will rem...

  • SC FIRST – Lower oil prices, higher flows to EM debt - Updated Wed November 26, 2014

    Direction signal now neutral from negative as foreign flows to EM debt, especially oil importers, improve • Spread signal turns positive on flows to high-yielding oil importers (INR, ZAR, TRY, IDR) plus Brazil • October fund allocations reflect ...

  • SC FIRST – Structural flows favour Asia - Updated Tue October 28, 2014

    Direction signal stays negative on weak demand for EM debt; EM FX weakness puts pressure on EM bonds • Structural investors continue to favour Asia bonds; hard data supports Korea and Indonesia • Flow rotation continues from Russia, Turkey and So...

  • SC FIRST – Buy 10Y Indonesia on local factors - Updated Wed August 20, 2014

    Indonesia has been attracting unusually high inflows on a strong local story relative to valuations • Funds moved overweight during July and August, but positioning is only a risk if fundamentals change • EM-21 reserve build over May-July leaned a...

  • International settlement of IGBs would be positive - Updated Fri July 25, 2014

    In the budget, the finance minister mentioned making Indian debt eligible for international settlement • Such a move would substantially ease operational issues faced by foreigners in accessing local debt • For international settlement to be effe...

  • SC FIRST – Buy 5Y THB bonds vs pay 5Y swaps - Updated Thu July 17, 2014

    • New allocations charts show ongoing short-covering that will continue to support Thai bonds and FX • Direction signal back to positive: add new long 5Y THB bonds vs pay 5Y swaps • Spread signal shifts down to neutral, supporting low-yield bonds ...

  • SC FIRST– Bullish outside Asia, buy 10Y Turkey - Updated Fri June 6, 2014

    Strong marginal buying in early May slowed as global rates fell and some countries’ risk rose • Reflecting the slowdown, the SC FIRST directional signal turns to neutral from positive • Given dovish ECB decision, flow signals underplay the posit...



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