The government has committed millions to helping save both Qantas and Virgin Australia, although the CEO of the former has publicly stated the later doesn’t deserve it. How much Virgin ends up receiving could have a significant impact on its corporate bond holders.
The country's national treasurer explains the government's action plan to facilitate a sovereign rating upgrade to the coveted A status. Prioritising domestic debt fundraising over international and expanding its product mix to include sukuks and green bonds are part of the answer.
Local-government financing vehicles have been one of the fastest growing sectors for G3 bonds. Fitch Ratings’ international public finance team’s Terry Gao, Samuel Kwok and Ark Huang reveal their outlook for this sector in 2019.