Ahren Lester

Articles by Ahren Lester

  • World Bank issues $100m plastic waste reduction-linked bond

    26 January 2024

    The World Bank has raised $100 million from a ground-breaking outcomes-based bond that links its coupon payments to verified plastic and carbon credits generated by projects in Ghana and Indonesia.

  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac prepare for single-family social bond debut in June

    25 January 2024

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are expecting to issue their debut single-family social bonds from June, after the US government-owned mortgage providers published frameworks including an updated 'mission index' for eligibility.

  • Moody's: Sustainable bond issuance set to remain 'resilient' in 2024

    24 January 2024

    Sustainable bond issuance in 2024 is expected to remain flat at around $950 billion with growth in green and sustainability bonds expected to offset weakness for social and sustainability-linked bonds, according to Moody's Investors Service.

  • Moody's: Sustainability-linked bonds face 'pivotal' 2024 as quality concerns persist

    24 January 2024

    2024 could prove a "pivotal" year for sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) as they continue to demonstrate a sustainability quality gap compared with use-of-proceeds instruments, according to second-party opinion provider Moody's Investors Service.

  • Bond round-up: AfDB, Austria, Mexico ... and more

    24 January 2024
  • LCH launches green bond repo collateral basket

    23 January 2024

    LCH RepoClear has launched its first dedicated euro-denominated green bond general collateral basket for repo products.

  • Skane raises SEK400m from Folksam-backed green bond

    23 January 2024
  • Record 2024 start for sovereign sustainable bond issuance

    23 January 2024

    Sovereign sustainable bond issuance has already set a record for January issuance in 2024, as governmental issuance looks set to build upon the landmark total set in 2023.

  • Austria: Greenium justified as there is 'no free lunch' for investors

    23 January 2024

    Up to 60 people work on Austria's green bond reporting, Markus Stix tells Ahren Lester

  • Germany to raise €2bn from inaugural 2024 green bonds

    22 January 2024