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Yield mania gives much needed break to indebted emerging-market countries

US elections have revived the yield hunt, granting much-needed breathing space to governments in developing economies

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Investor appetite for longer securities would ease the fiscal pain of emerging markets as they pump funds into fighting another wave of infections

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Emerging-market countries have relied this year on short-term local-currency debt as the pandemic drove investors to the notes for safety. Now, turbo-charged by Joe Biden’s election and signs of a vaccine breakthrough, bonds with longer maturities are attracting buyers again.

US elections have revived the yield hunt, granting much-needed breathing space to governments in developing economies. They face the equivalent of about $3 trillion in local debt maturing next year after a borrowing binge in short-term bonds that were mostly bought by local banks in the absence of international investors.

Investor appetite for longer securities would ease the fiscal pain of emerging

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First Published: Nov 14 2020 | 1:04 AM IST

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