IMF urges ESG reform to unlock green bond investment

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By Phil Thornton
10 Oct 2019

Regulators must tighten the rules and standardise definitions surrounding sustainable financial assets such as green bonds to attract demand from investors worried by greenwashing, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

In its global financial stability report (GFSR) to be published in full at its annual meeting next week, the IMF said closing these gaps would be crucial for investors and issuers to efficiently price products and mitigate risks.

It published figures showing that green bond issuance had hit ...

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