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Indian Corporate Bond Market

The Indian corporate bond market has remained small in size despite a long history, several committee recommendations, and continuous reforms. It is besieged by several problems ranging from illiquid secondary market, narrow investor base, lack of diversity of instruments, crowding out by large public issuance, high costs of borrowing, information asymmetry, regulatory restrictions on demand, unavailability of repo options, to absence of well-functioning derivatives market and credit enhancement facilities that could absorb interest and default risks.

China-bashing and Post-COVID-19 Narrative

The disruption of supply chains caused by COVID-19 has led to predictions that international firms will relocate production away from China, benefiting other emerging economies, including India. However, China’s integration with the global economy in terms of international finance, investment, construction and as a low-cost location for global production is now so deep that such changes will neither be quick nor painless. In fact, China’s innovations might allow it to even reinforce its position in the global economy.

Long-run Determinants of Sovereign Bond Yields

Keynes’s supposition of short-term interest rates as the key driver of long-term government bond yields is investigated for India, after controlling for various key economic factors. It is seen that long-term interest rates of Indian government bonds are positively associated with the short-term interest rates of Treasury Bills. Higher long-term interest rates on IGBs are influenced by higher short-term interest rates, higher rates of inflation, a faster pace of industrial production and higher fiscal deficit (and vice versa). The bond market was disrupted during 2013 when yields rose sharply in India. Incorporating this structural break improved our findings.
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