null Net Foreign Inflows Resume For Three Consecutive Months in February Amid Hunts for Safe Havens
Net Foreign Inflows Resume For Three Consecutive Months in February Amid Hunts for Safe Havens
25 Mar 2022 | Friday Source: MARC
The local bond market continued to record net foreign inflow for the third consecutive month, albeit at a declining magnitude in February. The ongoing military conflict between Ukraine and Russia raised the safety demand for bonds as haven assets. Foreign investors remained as net buyers although total net foreign inflow narrowed to RM3.1 billion (Jan: RM 3.5 billion).
Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) recorded a smaller net foreign inflow of RM495 million (Jan: RM4.6 billion) compared with Government Investment Issues (GII) inflow of RM1.6 billion (Jan: -RM321 million). Meanwhile, corporate bonds registered a net foreign inflow of RM114 million. Nevertheless, only Malaysian Islamic Treasury Bills (MITB) showed an outflow of RM157 million (Jan: -RM637 million).
Foreign holdings' share in MGS/GII diluted to 25.8% (Jan: 26%) amid higher issuances of local govvies and that no government bonds matured in February. On the other hand, share of foreign holdings in corporate bonds remained stationary at 1.8% of total outstanding. Overall, the total foreign holdings' share of total outstanding increased slightly to 14.9% (Jan: 14.8%).
Total MGS/GII outstanding grew 11.9% y-o-y to close at RM930.3 billion in February 2022 as no government bonds matured for the third consecutive month. Gross issuance throughout the month came in higher at RM14.5 billion (January 2022: RM12.5 billion), lifted by the GII segment at RM9.5 billion. (January 2022: RM3.0 billion). This is notwithstanding the lower issuance of MGS at RM5.0 billion compared with RM9.5 billion recorded in the previous month.