Time to convert?

Australia is missing out when it comes to using convertible bonds as a corporate financing option. But the demand is there for an investment that combines income and growth, without downside equity risk.

The time is right for convertible bonds to be re-introduced as a viable corporate financing option. This year alone, offshore issuance of convertible bonds has topped $US80 billion, according to Thomson Reuters’ latest report. In Australia, until very recently, that figure was closer to zero.

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