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Asia's ageing shields bonds from rout

Richer economies in East Asia with older populations tend to prefer fixed income, thus increasing demand for bonds

Outside of Japan, South Korea has the "worst demographics" for those seeking high yields, says David Munro, CEO of Volatility Research & Trading Ltd. The number of babies born there has dropped to 400,000 per year from over a million in 1971.


THE global bond rout is sparing Asia's more developed economies as central banks fight deflation risks and pension savings swell among rapidly ageing populations.

While eurozone and US sovereign debt lost 3.6 per cent and 2 per cent, respectively, in the past month,

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