Michele Leung

Director, Fixed Income Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Biography

Michele Leung is Director, Fixed Income Indices, at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). With over 10 years of investment experience, Michele has solid product knowledge across different asset classes and particularly in fixed income. Michele oversees the creation and management of S&P DJI’s Asian fixed income indices.

S&P Dow Jones Indices has launched a variety of fixed income indices for different regions in Asia, including Pan Asia, onshore and offshore China, Australia, India, and global Islamic. Michele assists in promoting the existing indices, while continuing to build out S&P DJI’s fixed income capabilities in Asia.

Michele currently provides marketing collateral and blogs, which are available on www.spdji.com.

Prior to joining S&P DJI, Michele was senior associate at China International Capital Corporation. Previously, Michele was the fixed income product specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Michele is also a chartered Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

Michele holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Investment Management from the University of Science and Technology.

Author Archives: Michele Leung

Asian Fixed Income: Continuing Rally for Indonesian Bonds

Indonesian bonds, as tracked by the S&P Indonesia Bond Index, gained 5.59% YTD as of April 5, 2017. This is a continuation of the strong growth trend observed in 2016, when the index increased 13.7% owing to the Bank Indonesia’s cut in interest rates on six occasions throughout the year. Indonesia has been one of Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: From Implicit Guarantees to Bond Defaults

Chinese authorities will allow market participants to buy onshore bonds through transactions carried out in Hong Kong, which will further broaden foreign access to China’s onshore bond market. While no additional details have been provided, a “bond connect” scheme that provides cross-border cash bond trading is anticipated by market participants. Despite currency volatilities, China bonds Read more […]

Longer-Maturity and Lower-Rated Sukuk Continue to Outperform

The Dow Jones Sukuk Total Return Index (ex-Reinvestment), which seeks to track USD-denominated, investment-grade sukuk, had a great start in 2017 and rose 1.24% year-to-date (YTD) as of Feb. 10, 2017. A total of 19 sukuk with total outstanding par of USD 15.75 billion were added into the index last year; however, no new sukuk Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: 2016 Pan Asia Report Card

The S&P Pan Asia Bond Index, which seeks to track local currency bonds in 10 countries and is calculated in USD, continued to be weighed down by the weakness of local currencies in 2016, dropping 1.86% for the year.  Meanwhile, its yield-to-maturity widened 38 bps to 3.75% YTD.  Reversing the trend seen in 2015, the Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: Did the FOMC Affect Asian Sovereign Bonds?

The U.S. Federal Reserve recently announced a rate hike of 0.25%, while indicating more rate hikes are likely in 2017.  As of Dec. 21, 2016, the S&P U.S. Treasury Bond Index had lost 0.58% for the month, bringing its total return to 0.06% YTD, while its yield widened 27 bps to 1.75% in the same Read more […]

Sukuk Market in 2016: Year in Review

Global currency sukuk continued to expand in 2016. Increasing issuances were observed in U.S. dollar, Indonesian rupiah, and Pakistani rupee sukuk, though there were decreases in Malaysian ringgit and Bangladesh taka sukuk compared with last year.[1] The U.S. dollar and Malaysian ringgit sukuk continued to dominate the sukuk market. The Dow Jones Sukuk Index, which Read more […]

Asian Fixed Income: Chinese Bond Market Was Slow in 2016

The performance of China’s fixed income market has lagged other Asian countries this year.  According to the S&P China Bond Index, the fixed income market delivered a YTD total return of 3.57% as of Oct. 11, 2016.  China was one of the top three outperforming countries in the S&P Pan Asia Bond Index last year; Read more […]

How a Negative Interest Rate Affected the Japanese Bond Market

Since the Bank of Japan announced a negative interest rate policy earlier this year, both government and corporate bond yields have decreased (see Exhibit 1).  After hitting a record low yield of -0.23% on July 8, 2016, the S&P Japan Government Bond Index rebounded following a modest stimulus announcement later that month.  As of Sept. Read more […]

Japanese Market Participants Accessing U.S. Treasuries (Part 2)

Japanese market participants looking to access U.S. Treasury bonds or any other international bond market may need to be aware of fixed income risk and currency volatility.  Depending on their investment view, Japanese market participants may choose to hedge currency risk or remain unhedged. Either way, market participants may be exposed to additional returns or Read more […]

Japanese Market Participants Accessing U.S. Treasuries (Part 1)

Since the negative interest rate policy was announced by the Bank of Japan, the yield of the S&P Japan Sovereign Bond Index has tightened 33 bps to -0.07%, as of Aug. 23, 2016.  As the quantitative and qualitative easing program continues, some Japanese market participants seek investments that diversify their portfolios.  U.S. treasury bonds have Read more […]