Making an impact in fixed income markets (BNY Mellon)

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Rising issuance of green and social bonds is helping to boost the impact bond sector, says Insight Investment fixed income specialist Joe Sullivan-Bissett.

As interest in responsible investment gathers pace, impact bonds are shaking off a reputation as niche products to enter mainstream fixed income markets. According to Insight Investment fixed income specialist Joe Sullivan-Bissett, the last five years have seen exponential growth in the market, predominantly driven by European issuers in specific areas such as green bonds.

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Sullivan-Bissett points to the growing diversity of both impact bonds and their issuers. He also notes a marked rise in social bond issuance in 2020. A number of these issues have been designed partly to help provide Covid-19 relief through dedicated projects and funding schemes.

Looking ahead, he believes growing diversity within the market will open up, creating potential opportunities for an increasingly wide range of investors.

 

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