Comeback for convertibles



For many years, a pulse was barely detectable in the Taiwanese convertible bond (CB) market. But issuance is picking up on the island, as the new Kuomintang government ushers in new economic hope amid a thaw in relations with China.

The overall amount of CB issuance has grown rapidly, from around $800 million (NT$25.3 billion) in 2003 to around $3.2 billion in 2007, says the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC). Typical of any CB market, total issuance is highly correlated to stock market

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