1 min read.Updated: 18 Nov 2019, 12:54 PM ISTBloomberg
The Reserve Bank of India this year has delivered five back-to-back rate cuts
The gains may extend as the RBI is expected to further ease policy amid continued weakness in the economy, say fund managers
India’s credit crisis has come with a silver lining for some of the country’s funds investing in top-rated corporate bonds.
Returns have jumped after the central bank delivered a string of rate cuts in part to fight the crisis. The broader credit market woes have also helped indirectly by burnishing the appeal of higher-rated debt, even as lower-rated credits have struggled.
The spread between three-year, top-rated company and sovereign debt narrowed 56 basis points this year, thanks to Asia’s most aggressive easing cycle. That compares with a widening of 29 basis points in the year-earlier period.
The risk aversion generated by the collapse of the shadow lending giant IL&FS Group last year has seen assets of funds that invest mainly in AAA or AA rated debt jump to 740 billion rupees ($10.3 billion) in October from 610 billion rupees in April, data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India show.
In comparison, the pool of money managed by funds holding higher risk debt securities has shrunk by about a fifth to 210 billion rupees during the period, the data show.
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