Asian covered bond market set to take off

Despite a long history in Europe covered bonds are new to Asia – but with Basel III placing an emphasis on high quality debt instruments regulators in the region are facilitating their issuance

Asset-backed securities haven’t had the best publicity in recent years but the covered bond format is making its presence felt in Asia. With regulators in Singapore, South Korea and India looking to put in place a framework for covered bonds issuance domestically, and other countries such as Hong Kong and Japan mooted to be looking at the instrument, market participants say this could lead to a gradual establishment of a region-wide market, to go with already established markets in Australia and

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