LSE is today introducing a new bond trading platform for retail bonds intended to "improve transparency and pricing" (the size of the bid-offer spreads which can be very large). The aim is to make corporate bonds more accessible for retail investors, and so to open up a new source of financing for companies and others.
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An interesting niche; they are confident of investor support within Japan. Worth noting that the country has already soaked up a series of World Bank Green Bond offerings.
What about Europe or the US?
British Columbia's opposition party, the New Democrat, have announced a plan to issue Green Bonds to stimulate job growth and the new Green economy, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emission.
The World Bank has just done another NZD 75mm Green Bond, tailored for individual (retail) investors in Japan. They are billing them as "An innovative way for Japanese investors to help combat climate change through a high
quality bond investment". The lead manager is Daiwa.
Nomura Securities Co. has announced that it will start selling environment-related bonds issued by Nordic Investment Bank on January 22.
Nordic's three-year bonds will be available in the New Zealand dollar and South African rand, with funds expected to be applied to loans for renewable energy and many other environmental projects.
Japanese media are referring to the bonds as "green bonds", a sign of local interest in such issues.
A number of proposals for discussion have been added. For example, see http://www.climatebonds.net/proposals/energy-efficiency/
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CLIMATE BONDS: FAST-TRACK SOLUTION TO LOW-CARBON ECONOMY
The global bond market could play a central role in the fight against climate change, according to an international think tank.
Today the international Network for Sustainable Financial Markets launched the Climate Bonds Initiative, designed to foster the use of long-term debt to finance a rapid, global transition to low-carbon economy. The Climate Bonds Initiative is operating as an autonomous project supported the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Financial innovation is much underutilised in dealing with the climate threat, both at the micro- and macro-levels. At the micro-level, for example, it is still impossible in some countries to acquire even a simple mortgage with which to overcome the upfront capital cost of microgeneration. At the macro level, for example, there is considerable untapped potential for climate bonds.
How better to mobilise a low-carbon future rapidly than the large-scale issuance of long-term debt to overcome medium-term investment barriers to achieving economies of scale in manufacturing? How better to find a way for pension-fund trustees to manoeuvre around the current dysfunctional definition of fiduciary responsibility?