Green investors prefer label over substance

Spanish telecoms company Telefonica this week became the latest issuer to sell green bonds. The volume of money dedicated to green bond investments meant that there was huge demand and the deal had participation of nearly 50% from green investors. But if those buyers had that much conviction they wouldn’t have waited for this trade.

  • By Nigel Owen
  • 31 Jan 2019

Telefonica has issued bonds worth billions across several currencies in the last two decades, making it the source of the most corporate bonds held by investment grade investors. And it has also been named in CDP’s climate change “A-List” five years running.

So if the company has been an environmentally friendly company ...

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