Matthews Asia: Evergrande’s difficulties are an idiosyncratic, not a systematic risk of China’s bond market

Teresa Kong, Matthews Asia

The plight of China’s largest property developer, China Evergrande Group, which appears to be struggling to service interest payments to two creditor banks, has not only caused turmoil in the bond markets. “Evergrande’s plight raises critical issues about investing anywhere in emerging markets, not just China,” says Teresa Kong, responsible for all fixed income strategies at Asia specialist Matthews Asia. The Evergrande saga therefore underlines the importance of conducting thorough due diligence on three aspects of good corporate governance when making bond investments, namely accounting, legal and regulatory requirements, she explains in her latest commentary.