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Sovereign bonds slide as RBI’s choice of purchase papers disappoint

Sovereign bonds slide as RBI’s choice of purchase papers disappoint

06 Jul 2021

Indian sovereign bonds slumped as the central bank’s choice of relatively illiquid papers for its bond-purchase program disappointed traders. Surging global oil prices also weighed on sentiment.

The yield on the 5.63 per cent bond maturing in 2026 rose as much as nine basis points to 5.85 per cent, while the 6.64 per cent 2035 bond yield climbed five basis points. The benchmark 10-year yield advanced six basis points to 6.15 per cent.

“The choice of illiquid papers has disappointed traders,” said Debendra Dash, head of fixed income at

in Mumbai. “Traders were hoping the RBI will include the 5-year paper,” in the purchase list as it had asked underwriters to buy that paper.

Underwriters had to rescue nearly the entire 110 billion rupees ($1.5 billion) of the 5-year bond at last week’s sale.

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The announcement of a new 10-year bond, which is likely to have a higher coupon, compared to 5.85 per cent for the current benchmark, also damped sentiments, traders said.
The central bank said on Monday it would buy 200 billion rupees of bonds as part of its 1.2 trillion rupees purchase plan for the July-September quarter. But the choice of papers was likely to help banks book profits, leaving traders with devolved stocks of previous auctions, said traders, who didn’t want to be named, as they are not authorized to speak publicly.

The surge in crude, which gained further after OPEC+ ended days of talks without a deal to bring back more halted output next month, will further heighten inflation worries in India. Bond yields and swap rates have been rising on fears that the central bank will need to tighten its policy tone as early as August and bring ahead policy normalization.

“The rise in crude prices will put further upward pressure on yields ahead of the monetary policy,” said Arvind Chari, chief investment officer at Quantum Advisors Pvt.

The government will sell 260 billion rupees of bonds Friday, including 140 billion rupees of a new 10-year bond, it said after trading hours Monday.