Our Top Picks

We highlight some of the bonds we currently prefer, based on the value they offer and the strength of their credit.

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Top Picks (Dollar Corporate Bonds)

as of May 30, 2023

Reliance Industries

  • Issuer: Reliance Industries
  • Credit Rating: Baa2 / BBB+ / -
  • Bond: RILIN 4.125 25
  • Indicative Yield-to-Maturity (YTM): 5.531% (Indicative as of March 2)
  • RIL is an Indian diversified conglomerate engaged in oil & gas refining, marketing, petrochemicals, organized retail, telecom and digital services, amongst others. It is the largest company in India by revenue, profits, exports and market capitalization (INR 14 tn).
  • It is the second largest refiner in India and produces petroleum products such as petrol, high-speed diesel (HSD), aviation turbine fuel (ATF), LPG and lubricants.
  • It is the largest petrochemicals producer in India, boasting production of ~38 mn tons in FY20. Through its integrated Jamnagar refinery complex, it produces Polymers/Plastics, Elastomers (synthetic rubber) and Polyester products.
  • It is the largest retailer in India in terms of revenue. It operates 16.6k stores (as of September 2022) to sell products ranging from consumer electronics, fashion and lifestyle, grocery, petrol retail and telecom and digital services. It launched its online retail channel, 'JioMart', in December 2019.
  • Reliance Jio is the largest mobile telecom operator by subscriber base (426 mn as of March 2021) in India and boasts the widest 4G wireless network in the country.
  • In 2021, RIL announced investments to the tune of INR 750 bn/ $10 bn (for next 3 years) to build a renewable energy ecosystem which will include 4 giga factories. Set to be located in Gujarat, the factories will produce solar modules, hydrogen, fuel cells and battery grid to store electricity. Long-term goals also include building 100 GW of PV solar plants by 2030.

Siam Commercial Bank

  • Issuer: Siam Commercial Bank
  • Credit Rating: Baa1 / BBB+ / BBB+
  • Bond: SCBTB 3.9 24
  • Indicative Yield-to-Maturity (YTM): 5.573% (Indicative as of March 2)
  • Siam Commercial Bank was founded as the "Book Club" in 1904. In 1907, it started operating as a commercial bank and was renamed as "The Siam Commercial Bank". It completed its IPO on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1976.
  • The bank is 23.35% owned by the King of Thailand, and a further 23.10% is owned by the Vayupak Fund 1, which is controlled by the government.
  • SCB is the fourth largest Thai bank by assets and is known for its robust retail franchise.
  • Its loan profile was 36% corporate, 17% SME, and 47% retail as of end-Dec 2022.

Woori Financial Group

  • Issuer: Woori Financial Group
  • Credit Rating: A1 / A+ / -
  • Bond: WOORIB 4.875 28
  • Indicative Yield-to-Maturity (YTM): 5.108% (Indicative as of March 2)
  • Woori's predecessor banks were rescued by Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) following the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
  • Woori Bank is one of the 'Big Four' commercial banks in Korea. It previously owned two regional banks, Kwangju and Kyongnam, but these were spun off in 2014. Woori also sold its stake in Woori Investment Securities, as well as its savings bank and life insurance arms to NH Financial Group.
  • Woori set up a HoldCo (Woori FG) in Jan-2019 to expand into more diversified business lines, particularly investment banking. It used to have a HoldCo, but it was dissolved in 2014 when it was merged with Woori Bank.
  • Its main subsidiaries are 100%-owned Woori Card and 60%-owned Woori Investment Bank and the group is looking to acquire more non-bank financial businesses. Woori FG acquired 74% of Aju Capital, a vehicle leasing business, in September 2020 and renamed it Woori Financial Capital.


  • Issuer: Kasikornbank
  • Credit Rating: -/BBB/-
  • Bond: KBANK 5.458 28
  • Indicative Yield-to-Maturity (YTM): 5.458% (Indicative as of March 2)
  • Kbank is currently the second largest bank in Thailand. It briefly was the largest from 2018 until mid-2020, upon which Bangkok Bank completed its acquisition of Indonesia's Bank Permata and took its place.
  • KBank's history can be traced back to 1945 when it was first established as Thai Farmers Bank. It was listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1976 and changed its name to Kasikornbank in 2003.
  • As of end-Sep 2022, the bank's loan mix by segment consists of 35% corporate, 32% SME, 28% retail and 5% others.
  • KBank is known for its strong SME franchise. Its focus industries in SME are construction, construction materials, food & beverage, and hardware.
  • It partially owns a life insurance company, Muang Thai Life.

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