Green Bonds - Sector in Brief

Green Bonds - Sector in Brief

Appetite for green bonds is increasing as sustainability-minded investors look towards ‘impact’ strategies. Meanwhile, the sector is outgrowing some of the limitations that have previously restricted its appeal.

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What’s new? This sector is evolving rapidly with a resurgence in issuance, improved sector diversity, more sovereigns, new standardisation and a considerably broader range of actively managed funds.

Key debates: Is there still a “greenium”? What’s the extent of the “greenwashing” problem? The arguments are complex; investors must draw their own lines in the sand.

Implementation choices. The number of actively managed funds in this space has nearly doubled since January 2017. Selection can be challenging with relatively short track records and small average fund sizes. Use of “unlabelled” green bonds is a key contributor to performance.

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The growth and development of the green bond market is softening many of the challenges that have traditionally been associated with the sector including small size, sector bias, uncertainty relating to standards and the much-disputed “greenium.”

There is particularly marked improvement in sector and issuer diversity, as well as the availability of actively managed funds with appropriate track records.

This short research note provides a concise overview of key issues for investors.

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