15 Jul '11, 2pm

(CNA|sg|biz) New Thai inflation-linked bonds could spark copycats

(CNA|sg|biz) New Thai inflation-linked bonds could spark copycats

SINGAPORE: The successful sale of Thailand's and Southeast Asia's first inflation-linked bonds could prompt more Asian countries to launch similar deals. That's according to market watchers who believe investor appetite for such investments will start to grow, amid inflation concerns. Inflation-linked bonds are investments where the principal sum is protected against inflation. Rahul Bajoria, analyst at Barclays Capital, said: "Given the fact that it's a new instrument and there are not a lot of other countries in the emerging Asian region who have this product, so for portfolio managers and for investors who do have investment-linked bonds in their portfolio, Thailand would be an attractive pick for them." The issue size of the bonds was about US$1.3 billion. The 10-year bonds, with a coupon rate of 1.2 per cent, were launched in the first week of July and closed on July ...

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