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Australia's retail corporate bond market requires much further simplification and more equitable tax treatment if it is to become more attractive to retail investors, according to submissions to a new Parliamentary Inquiry. After ten years and numerous previous attempts to facilitate a deeper and more active retail corporate bond market...
Virgin Australia bond holders have learned their fate with the release of the Deloitte report to creditors which will see U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital buy the airline for $3.5bn. The deal, which is subject to approval at a creditors meeting on September 4, will see unsecured bond holders...
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As published in The Australian on Saturday 15 June 2020 Virgin Australia’s administration is a recent low point for Australian financial markets, with mums and dads being caught holding corporate bonds that may prove worthless. The airline business is inherently risky. Oil prices, currency fluctuations, a commodity-like service and the threat...
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