Record sukuk yields may make it tough to rein in budget deficit


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  • Friday, 08 Jan 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s goal of reining in the budget deficit looks set to get tougher as a unit of the nation’s biggest lender predicts borrowing costs on Islamic bonds will climb to a record.

Maybank Islamic Asset Management says benchmark sukuk yields may rise to 5% this year should the United States raise interest rates to 1.25% from a maximum 0.5% now, and if investors price in further tightening in the following 12 months.

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