Vietnam's government bonds rise to 10-month high; dong steady

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Vietnam's government bonds rose, pushing the benchmark five-year yield to the lowest level in more than 10 months, on signs demand is increasing. The dong was steady.

The State Treasury received bids for VND7.54 trillion ($362 million) of five-year bonds and VND7.9 trillion of three-year securities at an auction last week, according to figures from the Hanoi Stock Exchange. It offered VND2 trillion of each maturity.

"Bond yields fell as banks increased purchases of new debt to replace bonds that are maturing this year," said Nguyen Thanh Danh, a Ho Chi Minh City-based money-market dealer at Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Joint-Stock Bank.

The yield on five-year government notes fell 13 basis points, or 0.13 percentage point, to 12.10 percent, the lowest level since April 15, according to a daily fixing from banks compiled by Bloomberg.

Demand for debt will rise because more than VND50 trillion of government securities will mature by the end of the year, Thoi Bao Ngan Hang newspaper reported on Monday, citing unnamed bankers.

The dong was little changed at 20,840 per dollar as of 4:18 p.m. in Hanoi, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The central bank fixed the reference rate at 20,828 Monday, according to its website. The currency is allowed to trade up to 1 percent on either side of the rate.

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