FirstFT: JPMorgan plans to add India to bond index

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Hello. JPMorgan is probing big investors to add India to its widely followed emerging markets bond index, setting the stage for billions of dollars to flow into the country’s domestic fixed income market as it opens up to capital strangers.

Wall Street bank is seeking investors’ views on whether to make a large chunk of India’s Rs$1 billion-dominated bond market eligible for inclusion in the GBI-EM Global Index Diversified local currency debt, according to two people familiar with the matter.

A move to add Indian debt to one of the bank’s flagship indices would mark an inflection point for global investors’ exposure to the world’s fifth-largest economy and the culmination of years of talks between the Indian government, index providers and investors.

Indian government bonds rallied on Friday after the Financial Times announced the consultation, with the country’s 10-year debt yield falling 0.07 percentage points to 7.22%.

Goldman Sachs estimated that including India’s sovereign bonds in the influential benchmark would generate around $30 billion in inflows from passive investors.

JPMorgan’s consultation is expected to be completed by next month, with the announcement of a formal proposal expected in October, according to people familiar with the matter. The bank declined to comment on the potential inclusion, as did India’s finance ministry.

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