Taiwan’s bonds fell, with 10-year
yields rising to an almost four-week high, on speculation the
central bank will leave interest rates unchanged after inflation
quickened more than forecast. The local dollar strengthened.
The consumer-price index rose 2.46 percent from a year
earlier, the most since September 2008, the Statistics Bureau
said today. The median estimate of economists in a Bloomberg
survey was for a 1.95 percent gain. Stock indexes rallied across
Asia after better-than-expected U.S. jobs data eased concern
that growth is slowing in the world’s largest economy.
“The high CPI number has killed expectations of a rate
cut,” said Samson Tu, a Taipei-based fund manager at Uni-
President Assets Management Corp., who helps manage $1.6 billion
of fixed-income assets. “Good U.S. data is also helping drive
the stock-market rally today, leading to higher bond yields.”
The yield on the 1.25 percent bonds due March 2022 climbed
three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 1.19 percent,
according to Gretai Securities Market. That’s the highest level
since July 10. The government will auction NT$30 billion ($1
billion) of 20-year debt tomorrow.
Taiwan’s central bank left borrowing costs unchanged at
1.875 percent in June, and is scheduled to discuss monetary
policies again in September.
The Taiwan dollar strengthened 0.1 percent to NT$29.96
against its U.S. counterpart, according to Taipei Forex Inc.
One-month implied volatility, a measure of exchange-rate swings
used to price options, dropped six basis points to 3.64 percent.
The overnight money-market rate fell one basis point to
0.387 percent, according to a weighted average compiled by the
Taiwan Interbank Money Centre.
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