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Matthews Asia Portfolio Managers Teresa Kong and Satya Patel discuss the appeal of Asia corporate bonds for bond investors seeking global diversification.

Asia Credit Spreads Look Rewarding


Key Points:


  • In response to the global financial crisis of 2008, Asia’s central banks largely avoided quantitative easing allowing credit spreads to be shaped by market forces. Across Asia today, credit spreads for corporate bonds look rewarding for long-term investors.
  • For investors looking for diversification, Asia corporate bonds offer three key advantages: higher return potential, lower historic volatility and access to highly creditworthy issuers within emerging markets.
  • Over the next decade, it is expected that companies in frontier markets within Asia to expand their bond issuance globally and these markets to mature and deepen over time.


Learn more about the Matthews Asia - Asia Dividend Fund
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Teresa Kong

Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia

Satya Patel

Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia

May 2019

Please note that these are the views of Teresa Kong and Satya Patel for Matthews Asia and should not be interpreted as the views of RL360.

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A range of Matthews Asia funds can be accessed through our guided architecture products LifePlan, Oracle, Paragon, Protected Lifestyle, LifePlan Lebanon, Protected Lifestyle Lebanon, Quantum, Quantum Malaysia, Regular Savings Plan, Regular Savings Plan Malaysia and also through our PIMS portfolio bond.