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The Largest Fixed Income ETF in the Region1

Launched in 2005, the ABF Pan Asia Bond Index Fund (PAIF) pioneered the Asian fixed income ETF industry. It provides an innovative, easy-to-access and cost-efficient solution to invest in a diversified portfolio of Asian local currency government and quasi-government bonds in one single trade.

10 Facts About PAIF

  1. PAIF is the first regional Asian local currency bond ETF2. It is the largest fixed income ETF in the region1.
  2. In 2005, PAIF was launched as part of an important initiative by Asia Pacific's 11 leading central banks and monetary authorities to strengthen the region's bond markets.
  3. PAIF is benchmarked to the Markit iBoxx ABF Pan-Asia Index.
  4. PAIF invests in the sovereign and quasi-sovereign local currency bonds of eight major Asian economies, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  5. Domiciled in Singapore, PAIF was listed in Hong Kong in 2005 (SEHK stock code: 2821) and cross-listed in Japan in 2009 (TSE stock code: 1349).

PAIF has delivered positive returns in 13 out of the past 18 calendar years3.

7  Offering easy and low-cost access to Asia's local bond markets, PAIF allows investors to diversify their portfolios with around 500 local currency bonds in one single trade4.

8  PAIF's portfolio has an average credit quality of A+4.

9  The Asian sovereign and quasi-sovereign local currency bond market has grown almost ten-fold since the inception of PAIF, from US$1.4 trillion to US$14.8 trillion5.

10  PAIF is a crucial part of the initiative to develop Asia's local bond markets. It started to participate in securities lending in June 2018 to deepen secondary market liquidity.

Why Invest in Asian Local Currency Bonds?

Favourable Risk-Return Profile

The macro fundamentals of many Asian governments remain robust, and they will likely continue to be a growth driver as the global economy recovers. Investors, therefore, have an opportunity to obtain a good yield pickup without taking on excessive risk. In fact, Asian bonds have historically demonstrated a risk-return profile that is proportional to that of US Treasuries.

Potential for Additional Yield via Local Currency Appreciation

We expect currency appreciation will continue to be an important source of potential returns moving forward. Current US-dollar strength has depressed currency gains in Asian local currency bonds, but over the medium to long term, there is a good chance of a rebound. In the meantime, US-dollar strength presents attractive entry opportunities for Asian local currency bonds.

A 'Back to Basics' Diversified Portfolio Construction Strategy

In the increasingly interconnected world, correlations between Asian local currency bonds and other major asset classes have inevitably risen. Still, they remain low enough to allow such assets to add valuable diversification benefits to investors' portfolios.

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