20 Jan '13, 11pm

Singapore Dollar Losing Luster to Higher Returns: Southeast Asia - Bloomberg

Singapore Dollar Losing Luster to Higher Returns: Southeast Asia - Bloomberg

Singapore’s dollar will underperform most regional counterparts this year as a pickup in the global economy and faster growth among its peers reduces demand for the republic’s top-rated securities, according to HSBC Global Asset Management and Mizuho Asset Management Co. Interest in the slowest-growing nation of Southeast Asia ’s five-biggest economies will diminish in 2013 as returns waver, Gordon Rodrigues, investment director at HSBC Global Asset in Hong Kong , said in a Jan. 14 interview. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Dec. 31 that the $240 billion economy will expand 1 percent to 3 percent this year, less than the past decade’s 6 percent average. Gross domestic product in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia may rise at almost double the pace of Singapore in 2013, official forecasts show, where 10-year bonds offer yields that are more than twice those in the...

Full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-20/singapore-dollar...

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