Posted On Thursday, Nov 12, 2020
November 12, 2020
October was another positive month for the Indian bonds. Bond yields across the curve came down by 10-20 basis points. The 10 year benchmark government bond yield declined by 14 basis points from 6.02% at September end to 5.88% in October.
Short term money market yields also witnessed similar trend as longer maturity bonds. 3 months Treasury bill yield declined by 11 basis points during the month to close at 3.16%.
The bond rally was once again triggered by the RBI. The RBI, in its bi-monthly monetary policy, was reasonably benign on the future inflation outlook and ready to look through the recent spike in headline CPI inflation. They kept the door open for future rate cuts.
Going a step further the RBI announced to remain accommodative in the current year and also in the next year.
The RBI also announced various measures to support the bond market. They doubled the size of weekly OMO purchases to Rs. 200 billion. They also announced to conduct OMOs in State Development Loans (SDL) for the first time.
RBI’s measures are favorable for the bond markets. It seems that the RBI will continue to conduct OMO purchases of government bonds and SDLs on weekly basis to support the government’s borrowing program and keep bond yields low.
At current levels we see scope bond yields to go down in near term. However we do not expect a secular bull run in the bond market and believe that the best of bond market rally is now behind us. We also need to be watchful of the inflation and fiscal risks over medium term.
Given our above view on interest rates, in the Quantum Dynamic Bond Fund (QDBF) portfolio we continue to focus on tactical trading opportunities within a narrow range. Quantum Dynamic Bond Fund (QDBF) takes high interest risk from time to time, but avoids credit risks and invests only in Government Securities, treasury bills and top rated PSU bonds.
We always advise investors to have a longer time frame if they invest in bond funds and should also note that the bond fund returns are not like fixed deposit and can be highly volatile or even negative in a shorter time frame.
Quantum Liquid Fund (QLF) prioritizes safety and liquidity over returns and invests only in less than 91 day maturity instruments issued by Government Securities, treasury bills and top rated PSUs.
We advise debt fund Investors to choose Safety (over Credit) and Liquidity over Returns while investing in debt funds.
Data Source: Bloomberg, RBI
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