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Bloomberg Business: Investor darling Egypt eyes lower debt yields in test for market

Egypt is targeting lower yields on domestic debt in the new fiscal year, confident that its securities will remain coveted among investors.
04.04.19 | Interesting article at Bloomberg Business

Egypt is targeting lower yields on domestic debt in the new fiscal year, confident that its securities will remain coveted among investors.

The goal of 15.5 percent, laid out in the 2019-2020 budget that begins on July 1, compares with a yield target of 18 percent on Treasury bills and bonds in the current fiscal year that ends in June. Much of the foreign capital that entered Egypt over the past couple of years came in the form of purchases of local debt, with investors drawn by the stable currency and yields that at one point exceeded 20 percent.


While lower yields could affect inflows by foreigners, “I think investors would like to keep decent exposure to the Egyptian market,” said Mohamed Abu Basha, head of macro analysis at EFG Hermes in Cairo. The currency’s stable outlook, “given the relatively strong external position and high foreign reserves, will still provide decent investments opportunities” even if returns from Egyptian debt are lower than some of its emerging-market peers, he said.