Strong issuance buoys Ishin’s CB returns in October


The Asian convertible bond arbitrage Ishin Fund enjoyed a strong October adding an estimated 3.14% for the month, taking the fund’s gains to 10.61% year-to-date.

A record level of Asian convertible bond issuance at $11.5 billion in September gave the market indigestion and caused existing valuations to cheapen, explains Pine River Capital’s Scott Reinhart.

Come October, though, new issuance was a more moderate $2.5 billion and the previous month’s issuance was gradually absorbed by the market. With subdued secondary market valuations and continuing inflows into the region, valuations rebounded strongly off their September lows.

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