(Repeats item first carried late on Thursday)

* Convertible bond issuance reaches decade high

* Rising interest rates make straight debt more expensive

* Tech companies, hungry for cash, resort to convertible bonds

By Julia Fioretti

HONG KONG, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Asian companies are borrowing record amounts via convertible bonds as they seek cheaper ways to raise funds amid rising interest rates and volatile equity markets.

The surge in popularity comes as companies must

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