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  • Writer's pictureGustavo Bernal Torres

Squeeze On ‘Greenium’ As ESG Bond Investors Demand More Value

The market in sustainable debt is growing but issuers are being challenged on margins

  • Investors have long been willing to pay a premium for green bonds, rewarding companies or governments that want to clean up their act by giving them lower borrowing costs.

  • Figures from the Association for Financial Markets in Europe suggest greeniums are shrinking in Europe’s corporate bond market — one of the more advanced markets for green issuance. Spreads on ESG corporate bonds versus their “non-sustainable” or conventional counterparts have narrowed to less than one basis point — a 100th of a percentage point — in recent months, having climbed as high as nine basis points in 2020.



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