Asia Bond Monitor – June 2020 | Asian Development Bank

Asia Bond Monitor – June 2020

Publication | June 2020
Asia Bond Monitor – June 2020

This edition of the Asia Bond Monitor reviews developments in emerging East Asian local currency bond markets and discusses how the financial sector can help fund the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Local currency bonds outstanding in emerging East Asian markets climbed to USD16.3 trillion in the first quarter of 2020. Risks remain heavily tilted to the downside given uncertainty about the effects of COVID-19.

A section on the financial sector and COVID-19 discusses the use of pandemic bonds and social bonds to mobilize resources and of fintech to support inclusive growth and pandemic resilience. A chapter on financial architecture and innovation examines whether banks or equity and debt markets are more conducive to innovation. It finds that a market-based financial system is more conducive.


  • Highlights
  • Executive Summary
  • Global and Regional Market Developments
  • Bond Market Developments in the First Quarter of 2020
  • Policy and Regulatory Developments
  • COVID-19 and the Financial Sector
  • Financial Architecture and Innovation
  • Market Summaries
    • China, People’s Republic of
    • Hong Kong, China
    • Indonesia
    • Korea, Republic of
    • Malaysia
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
    • Thailand
    • Viet Nam