Oil prices were at the forefront of investor attention in February. Risk assets started the month on weak footing, weighed down by stumbling oil prices and worries about teh health of European banks.
In 2015, the US Federal Reserve began the process of interest rate normalisation. Short-term bonds underperformed long duration bonds, on expectations of the ongoing US economic recovery remaining weak, and US inflation being anchored at current low levels.
US Treasuries registered gains in January. Global investors again focused on China at the start of the period, as successive weaker USDCNY fixings.
The current depreciation trend of the RMB against USD should be seen as a broad-based depreciation of the RMB and not bilaterally to the USD. The trend started from the second week of November 205 and it is clear that the move was planned well ahead.
2015 has been a tumultuous year with a plethora of risk events spurring significant volatility across most asset classes. Against this background, Asia USD credit delivered a modest return compared to 2014, but still a decent one when compared to other asset classes.
USTs ended lower in December, trading in a relatively tight range over the period. The US Fed began the process of interest rate normalisation.