Fixed Income Update

Quick Take:

 

  • RBI policy stance turns from accomodative to neutral. Hawkish on inflation concerns.

 

  • The improvement in bank liquidity is structural and is likely to benefit short and medium term rates.

 

  • Investor should look to invest in short to medium term funds as a core portfolio allocation. Investors who wish to participate in long bonds can look to do so through dynamic bond funds.

Bond markets had a somewhat weak month with the benchmark 10 year yield rising by over 45 bps previous month. The large jump in yields came post the policy surprise on 8th of February. The negative reaction was exacerbated by the fact that RBI changed its stance from accommodative to neutral. Yields went up across the curve by 25 to 30 bps. RBI remained hawkish on inflation concerns coming from a sticky core inflation (around 5%) and that the fall in CPI in the past few months was due to distress sale of vegetables.

 

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Portfolio data as on 28th February, 2017.

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