'Transition is the new battleground'
Following the launch of ASEAN transition finance guidance, Eugene Wong argues that the shift to net zero requires a local, rather than a global, approach. Ahren Lester reports
Sustainability-linked bond coupon steps jump higher in 2023
The most common maximum coupon step-ups associated with sustainability-linked bonds (SLB) have risen sharply in 2023 amid rising interest rates and greater market scrutiny of the materiality of the performance-based instrument.
Fiji launches debut sovereign 'blue' bond
Fiji is looking to raise up to FJD20 million ($8.7 million) from its debut sovereign 'blue' bond, which will fund water and marine projects including nature-based coastal protection infrastructure.
Bond round-up: AFD, Austria ... and more
UK local government 'climate bond' toolkit launched
Moody's: 2023 sustainable bond issuance 'still on track' for $950bn
Moody's Investors Service said annual sustainable bond issuance in 2023 was still "on track" to surpass 2022 levels, with the financial services firm reiterating its $950 billion forecast ahead of the UN COP28 climate summit next month.
Franklin Templeton launches two green bond ETFs
Franklin Templeton has launched two actively managed green bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs), four years after its ground-breaking debut green bond ETF launch.
Aareal Bank plans benchmark green bond after tightening green building criteria
Aareal Bank is planning to issue its third benchmark-sized green bond in 2024, after the German property lender updated its green finance framework with new and tightened green building criteria.
Emerging market ESG disclosure impact on sustainable bond issuance research launched
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Environmental Finance have published the first in a trio of free-to-read research papers on the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure levels on sustainable bond issuance in emerging markets.