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Chinas Government Bonds are in Sweet Spot after Sell off

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Chinese government bonds are in a sweet spot after last years selloff and now offer higher yields and much lower volatility compared to U.S. Treasurys, a portfolio manager said. The yield on Chinas 10year government bond climbed nearly 1 percentage point last year to a high of around 3.4 in November as the country was way ahead in bringing the Covid19 outbreak under control, said Wilfred Wee, portfolio manager at asset management firm Ninety One on Friday.

Chinese 10year government bond yield has settled at around 3.23.3 in the last few weeks. In contrast, the 10year U.S. Treasury yield has hovered around 1.651.75, even with the recent climb. I think in this part of the cycle, China fixed income feels to be in a sweet spot, Wee told CNBCs Street Signs Asia. The China bond market did sell off last year and that was on the back of better economics, firstinfirstout of the crisis Chinas clearly, I think, way ahead in terms of having dealt with Covid and is now dealing with some of the structural issues like debt overhang, trying to invigorate consumption etc, he said.

China was the first country to report the coronavirus outbreak, and the only major economy to have grown last year when it reported a 2.3 yearonyear expansion. In contrast, the U.S. economy contracted by 3.5 in 2020 compared to a year ago, according to estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Prospects of better growth rates and a pickup in inflation drove U.S. Treasury yields higher in recent…

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