Inflation-Indexed Bond

525,000 subscribers flock to iBonds

Hongkongers wait outside a bank in Kwun Tong earlier this month to subscribe to the third issue of iBonds. Photo: Dickson Lee

More than half a million Hongkongers - a total of 525,359 - subscribed for the third batch of government inflation-linked bonds, up more than threefold from 155,835 applications for the first batch in 2011 and 58 per cent up on the 332,467 who applied for last year's batch.

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As the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis and the faltering US economy cast a pall over global markets, the initial public offering (IPO) market is drying up, forcing European companies to be more inventive about raising money.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

5pc profit awaits some iBond holders

Retail investors can expect to reap a quick profit of about 5 per cent, or HK$500 per HK$10,000 of investment, on the second batch of inflation-linked bonds issued by the Hong Kong government.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Another HK$10b of iBonds to be issued

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority is issuing another HK$10 billion of inflation-linked bonds, or iBonds.

It is the second such move and is part of an effort to develop the city's bond market and protect residents against inflation.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Surprise 6.7pc rise for iBonds on debut

The government's first inflation-linked bond defied expectations to rise 6.7 per cent on its trading debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange yesterday after just 150,000 investors subscribed to the product.

The minimum investment was HK$10,000 and so the bond was potentially available to up to one million Hong Kong residents.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Applications for up to 44 iBond units successful

The government yesterday announced the retail allocation results for its new HK$10 billion inflation-linked bond, due to start trading tomorrow. Those who applied for up to 44 units will receive all of the iBonds they sought. Most applicants wanted 44 units or fewer, the government said.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

iBonds a popular choice with HK investors

The government said a total of 150,000 investors spent HK$13 billion to purchase iBonds - the inflation-linked notes issued by the government that will offer interest rates linked to the inflation rate of Hong Kong. The bonds are aimed at providing an investment choice for investors who are fighting against rising inflation rates.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Government i-bonds stir little interest from public

The Hong Kong government's latest attempt to sell bonds to the public - this time inflation-linked bonds, or so-called i-bonds - has met with a tepid response from retail investors, who were underwhelmed at the official launch yesterday.

Despite its top AAA rating, the government failed to inspire public interest in buying bonds.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Simplified rules and easier access to give bond trading a boost, says Frederick Ma

The government will encourage public bodies including the Airport Authority, the KCRC and the MTRC to issue bonds to raise funds.

It also will introduce measures to make it easier and cheaper for private companies to issue bonds, according to Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Frederick Ma Si-hang.

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