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Litigation fears reduce green issuers’ appetite for the US market

“Why is the $ green bonds market still so small?” is a question clients regularly ask us, pointing to the fact that while the US is the world’s leading green bonds issuer... 

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IBOR transition - fasten your seatbelt it could be a bumpy ride
 

As we wrote in February post an FCA speech, the ‘do nothing’ strategy of waiting for fallbacks could result in market chaos. 

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Equity market remains resilient despite recession fears

The Fed has lowered its growth outlook for the US Economy, and in March signaled an expectation they will likely not raise rates again this year...

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IBOR Reform: Ringing the bell for the end of term?

As reiterated by the FCA last month, the production of LIBOR is likely to end in 2021 and all markets need to transition to the replacement Risk Free Rates (RFRs) or face ‘chaos’….

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New horizons and the human touch

When NatWest Markets lifts its eyes to the horizon, what does it see? It sees emerging, disruptive technologies in the distance...

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Margin for non-cleared - €8bn or €50m?

Following on from my recent Margin & Clearing note there seems to be signs of pragmatism through an IOSCO statement yesterday.

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Kick-start your international expansion now - a simple guide

With 70% of European online shoppers buying products from international retailers, selling cross-border seems a compelling proposition. And there is further good news: selling to an international audience has never been more straightforward. 

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“The green heart of UK debt investors”

Sustainability is becoming increasingly core to the operations of top tier UK debt investors. This is the key takeaway from meetings we have held over the past weeks with the investment community.

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Margin & clearing regulation: close but no cigar?

Behind the scenes the industry is scrambling on readiness for the final phases of Initial Margin and EMIR Clearing. There is however confusion on scope, requirements and whether the effort will be worth it. So where are we?

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FOMC Statement: Our view 

This week the Fed surprised markets with a very dovish message, signalling policy could be on hold for an extended period. 

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The US-China Trade Relationship: What next?

The US-China trade relationship has been steadily deteriorating since early July of 2018, when President Trump finally followed through on threats to impose tariffs on Chinese goods. 

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Mexico City Airport: “The green bond that was no longer”

When Mexico City Airport Trust issued $6 billion of green bonds in 2016 and 2017 in order to finance the construction of a new airport...

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A case of “green humbug”?

In recent weeks we have noticed a fresh wave of concerns and mixed perceptions around the Green Bond Market, which can be broken into four key themes...

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New SNAM framework and the green-gas debate

As “browner” sectors continue to find appropriate ways of embracing sustainable finance, it is worth highlighting a new landmark framework, the SNAM Climate Action Bond Framework, which Europe’s leading gas utility firm – and one of Italy’s largest companies – has published beginning of November.

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ESG Market Dynamics - The green bond wave

October has seen a wave of green bonds, lifting the volume of green issuances in the third quarter of 2018 to USD 29.7 billion. The very busy month has helped to boost the total of green bonds issued this year to USD 108.3 billion, less than 1% behind the 2017 figures for the same period.

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What’s up with ESG ratings? Better access to the capital markets, that’s what.

Dr Arthur Krebbers, NatWest Markets Green Finance Co-ordinator, explains why companies should consider their Environmental, Social and Governance profile as a core part of their treasury operations.

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