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Corporate inflation-indexed bonds in emerging market countries: recent trends and prospects


  • Kunzel, Peter

    () (International Monetary Fund)

  • Medeiros, Carlos

    () (International Monetary Fund)

  • Papaioannou, Michael

    () (International Monetary Fund)

  • Zanforlin, Luisa

    () (International Monetary Fund)


Inflation-indexed bonds represent a sizeable source of financing for corporations in emerging market countries, while they provide significant portfolio benefits to investors. In particular, inflation-indexed bonds can reduce borrowing costs and facilitate a maturity extension for a corporate issuer, while they can offer protection against inflation and thus guarantee stable real returns for investors. Despite these benefits, the issuance of inflation-indexed securities by corporations in emerging market countries has declined in recent years. This trend reflects primarily a decline in inflation in emerging market economies, but also other structural factors, including a relative illiquidity in corporate debt markets and an absence of government benchmark issues for inflation-indexed securities. This paper argues that even in an environment of declining inflation, the issuance of inflation-linked bonds maintains significant benefits both for issuers, such as possible lowering of funding costs, the ability to match debt payments with inflation- linked revenue streams, and the potential to increase the debt maturity, and for investors, such as portfolio diversification gains.

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  • Kunzel, Peter & Medeiros, Carlos & Papaioannou, Michael & Zanforlin, Luisa, 2007. "Corporate inflation-indexed bonds in emerging market countries: recent trends and prospects," Journal of Financial Transformation, Capco Institute, vol. 20, pages 69-79.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:jofitr:0925

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    corporate inflation-indexed bonds; emerging market countries; portfolio diversification; corporate inflation-linked derivatives;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance


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