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India's Bond Market-Developments and Challenges Ahead

  • Schou-Zibell, Lotte


    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Wells, Stephen


    (ICMA Centre, University of Reading)

While India boasts a world-class equity market and increasingly important bank assets, its bond market has not kept up. The government bond market remains illiquid. The corporate bond market, in addition, remains restrictive to participants and largely arbitrage-driven. Securitization, which once had the jump on other Asian markets, has failed to take off. To meet the needs of its firms and investors, the bond market must therefore evolve. This will mean creating new market sectors such as exchange-traded interest rate and foreign exchange derivatives contracts. It will mean relaxing exchange restrictions, easing investment mandates on contractual savings institutions, reforming the stamp duty tax, and revamping disclosure requirements for corporate public offers. This paper reviews the development and outlook of the Indian bond market. It looks at the market participants-including life insurance, pension funds, mutual funds and foreign investors-and it discusses the importance to development of learning from the innovations and experiences of others.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank in its series Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration with number 22.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0022
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