Demand For Green Bonds Exceeds Vanilla Equivalents

Demand for many issuer’s green bonds is higher than for its vanilla equivalents while the cost of funding is the same or lower according to a survey from the Climate Bonds Initiative. Nearly all respondents said their green bond attracted new investors. Source: MarketsMedia Demand for green bonds is higher than for their vanilla equivalents…

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The coronavirus fightback will make lasting changes to economies

The spectre of a solvency crisis for the broader economy has jolted central banks and governments into action. Source: Financial Times In the fight to stop the coronavirus outbreak destabilising the global economy, central banks have gone “all in” with intervention after intervention to calm capital markets. Governments are following closely behind, announcing massive spending…

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How Strategists and Investors See Coronavirus Playing Out

Economists and investment strategists are pretty much in line with respect to intensifying Coronavirus risks over the short term, with however less uniformity of view in terms of the medium term ramifications for the global economy. Source: Bloomberg via GARP (Bloomberg) — A raft of new coronavirus cases in numerous countries outside China over the…

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Green bonds to the fore as investors hedge against climate risk

Green and sustainable bond issues hit record-breaking levels in Canada in 2019 with attractive financing levels, appealing to a more diversified investor base. Source: Financial Post Growing pressure across financial markets to consider environmental impact and risk as a major plank in investment decisions helped push green and sustainable bond issues to record-breaking levels in…

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Emerging market corporate bonds can provide higher returns for an equivalent risk

Emerging markets are turning into a mainstream asset class providing a wider bond market corporate issuers with diversification as a key element. Source: The National Corporate bonds have a long tradition in developed markets, with a large investor base across the credit rating spectrum. Over the past decade, corporate bonds of issuers based in emerging…

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Local Bonds Are All the Rage in EM as Investors Buy Up ETFs

Federal Reserve’s dovish stance and US – China trade talks have increased demand for Emerging Market Local Government Debt Source: Bloomberg If investors wanted evidence that demand for local-currency bonds isn’t fleeting, here it is: The biggest exchange-traded fund tracking local debt in emerging markets has seen 17 weeks of inflows. The $9.7 billion iShares…

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Electronic Bond Orders Spark Race to Develop Platform for $2.3 Trillion Market

Regulators and investors are suggesting increased transparency in primary issuance markets by streamlining the traditional trading process through an electronic trading platform. Source: Bloomberg A tussle is emerging between underwriters over who controls the levers of a $2.3 trillion market for new company bonds, with the U.S. as the chosen battleground. Tech firm Ipreo, jointly owned…

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The Bear Market in Bonds Already Looks Shaky

Although bond bears believe that the future holds lower bond prices, experts believe they are bound to be disappointed once again. Source: Bloomberg The New Yorker magazine once ran a cartoon depicting two politicians sitting in an office in the shadow of the Capitol, with a man behind the desk saying, “Those who ignore history are…

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