Corporate social bonds to take off, in varied formats

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By Jon Hay
15 Jan 2021

Market participants believe 2021 could be the year when social bonds become established as a more thriving and coherent market, after the breakthrough in volume during 2020, when issuance was swelled by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Corporate issuers, in particular, are expected to enter the market in greater numbers, having issued very little socially themed debt up to now (see table).

Social issues, wrote researchers at Barclays in December, had “certainly been one of this year’s most important themes, with coronavirus and the racial unrest ...

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