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  • Sustainability-linked bonds: a win on several counts

    Sustainability-linked bonds: a win on several counts

    With Asia’s sustainability-linked bond (SLB) market thrown wide open with the first transaction, there is a case to be made for the opportunities offered to both issuers and investors by this nascent asset class.

  • Investor activism: three kinds of impact

    Investor activism: three kinds of impact

    Big firms like HSBC, BlackRock and JP Morgan are always being criticised for environmental, social and governance failings. The remedy lies in their hands.

  • Indian loans: some good news after a bad year

    Indian loans: some good news after a bad year

    Asian loans bankers are expressing guarded optimism about their prospects this year. Most of their hopes are so far concentrated on India, where a mix of public and private sector deals — as well as the occasional sponsor financing — should bring some welcome supply.

  • Covereds will shine when it rains

    Covereds will shine when it rains

    Financial institution borrowers are expected to concentrate efforts on their more difficult trades at the start of this year, reflecting the view that credit conditions cannot get much better — a prudent approach to funding. But the economic recovery is unlikely to be as smooth as expected, and although central banks stand ready, credit market volatility should revive covered bonds as the rainy day funding product of choice.

  • Biden and climate: four short cuts to a greener US

    Biden and climate: four short cuts to a greener US

    The world is watching full of hope as Joe Biden prepares to take the helm of the world’s most important economy. He has promised to act decisively on climate change, which must include financial reform. There is much worthy work to do — but four things would save Biden a lot of time.

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