Local currency government bond yields in emerging East Asia trended downward between 28 December 2018 and 15 February 2019, according to the latest Asia Bond Monitor. Bond yields edged lower partly driven by expectations that the United States Federal Reserve will slow its pace of monetary tightening in 2019. The report also noted the size of emerging East Asia's local currency bond market surpassed USD13 trillion at the end of December.
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The Bank of Japan (BOJ) left its monetary policy stance unchanged at its 14-15 March meeting. During the meeting, the BOJ kept its key short-term interest rate target at -0.1% and its 10-year Japanese Government Bond yield target at 0%, with some room for fluctuation. The BOJ also left unchanged the annual targets for its asset purchase program. In the first 2 months of 2019, the People's Republic of China's (PRC) industrial production grew 5.3% year-on-year (y-o-y) after growing 5.7% y-o-y in December. Fixed-asset investment in the PRC grew 6.1% y-o-y in January-February versus 6.3% y-o-y in full-year 2018. Hong Kong, China's industrial production index for manufacturing rose 1.3% y-o-y in the fourth quarter of 2018, up from the 1.2% y-o-y increase in the previous quarter. Malaysia's industrial production growth slightly slowed to 3.2% y-o-y in January from 3.4% y-o-y in December.
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Source: China Central Depository & Clearing Co., Ltd. (CCDC)
Source: Indonesia Bond Pricing Agency
Source: Bond Pricing Agency Malaysia
Source: Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp.
Source: Thai Bond Market Association
Source: Bond Pricing Agency Malaysia, Indonesia Bond Pricing Agency, and Thai Bond Market Association