European asset manager and ETF provider Tabula Investment Management has seen over USD125 million of net inflows into its Asia ex-Japan High Yield Corporate USD Bond ESG UCITS ETF (Bloomberg: TAHY LN) in 2022, as investors look to take advantage of attractive yields and a growing investment opportunity, the firm writes.
TAHY LN has the second highest net inflows in 2022 of any European-listed high yield fixed income ETF, the firm says.
The fund has seen strong inflows despite challenging economic conditions in China. China’s economy has faltered, driven by the country’s zero-Covid policy, a looming global recession, and a property crisis created by efforts to control speculative demand and limit the liabilities of developers.
However, in the past week, the market has registered a strong rally due to news of a significant recalibration of China’s Covid policy, and the announcement of sweeping measures to underpin China’s struggling property sector. In what may be the most crucial pivot since authorities began their 2020 clampdown on property sector financing, regulators have provided a 16-point set of internal directives to promote the “stable and healthy development” of the sector. The Chinese high yield real estate sector has rallied over 28 per cent in November in response to this policy shift.
“Stabilisation of the property sector is now undoubtedly at the centre of the Chinese government’s focus,” says Tabula CEO Michael John Lytle. “The latest measures to support China’s property developers are the most concrete to date. They provide a clear sign the government is seeking to restore the confidence of home buyers through the completion of unfinished building projects, while also loosening home purchase restrictions to stimulate demand.”
The Tabula Haitong Asia ex-Japan High Yield Corp USD Bond ESG UCITS ETF (TAHY) currently provides 25 per cent exposure to the real estate sector and a 42 per cent weight to China.