Hong Kong’s iBonds a precursor to inflation-linked structures

Hong Kong night

Hong Kong’s financial secretary, John Tsang, unveiled in February plans to issue HK$5 billion–10 billion ($642 million–1.3 billion) of inflation-linked bonds, or iBonds. Inflation bonds offer inflation-adjusted returns and are attractive to parties concerned with price inflation. The iBonds, due to be issued within six months, will pay out semi-annual interest linked to inflation figures recorded in the last half-year period.

The move has caused excitement at structured products desks in the

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