S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins calls for greater disclosure of green bond issuances in Environmental Finance

Speaking to Environmental Finance, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, appeals for greater attention to effective disclosure of green bond issuances to ensure that their environmental objectives are met. A report by S&P Global Ratings has found that a lack of transparency and governance measures is significantly affecting the …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson explains the performance of the US green bond market in Renewable Energy World

2017 marks a year of outstanding growth in the global green bond market, but the US is trailing behind. Partisan gridlock over federal climate change policy has translated into uncertainty over investment conditions for renewable development and has slowed green bond uptake. Yet, significant decarbonisation activity at state level means that this uncertainty has not …

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UniCredit’s Adeline de Metz and Raphael Barisaac in TXF Chronicle on bank-led collaborative initiatives bringing innovation to trade finance

The continuing move toward open account trade and away from traditional trade finance techniques offers corporates new levels of speed and flexibility, but it also exposes them to higher risks. Writing in TXF, Adeline de Metz and Raphael Barisaac, Global Co-Heads of Trade Finance at UniCredit, a number of bank-led collaborative initiatives are addressing the …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins considers the “greenium” debate in Growth Company Investor

It is often claimed that investors purchasing green-labelled bonds pay an inflated price. Writing for Growth Company Investor, Michael Wilkins, managing director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, S&P Global Ratings, wades in on the debate. Wilkins notes that the limited supply (and overwhelming demand) of green bonds has driven up their value compared to conventional …

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IFR speaks to UniCredit’s Pietro Bianculli on the burgeoning social bond market

On Tuesday 15th November, Cassa Depositi e Prestititi proved that social bonds are all the rage, drawing orders in excess of €2.25bn, including €110m of joint leader manager interest. As Joint Bookrunner, UniCredit helped set the spread for the for the €500m no-grow five-year at 57bp over mid-swaps (having started marketing at high 60s). Speaking …

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How can corporate treasuries guard against cybercrime? Deutsche Bank’s Michael Speigel explains in The Paypers

It’s no surprise that corporate treasuries are consistently under fire from cyber-attacks. Access to a treasury system allows criminals to quickly shift large amounts of money, while simultaneously mining a rich seam of sensitive data. With cybercrime already estimated to have plundered over $400bn from the global economy, many companies have now put measures in place …

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On the ICC’s blog, S&P offers its perspective on green finance and COP23

With environmental disasters becoming an increasing risk, businesses and policymakers around the world are sitting up and taking note of the effects of climate change on trade. Spurred by the 2015 Paris Agreement, carbon-reductive practices in energy and infrastructure – and the necessary financing – are rising, with green bond issuance nearly doubling in 2016 …

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Crown Agents Bank’s new foreign exchange trading platform covered in the specialist press

EMpowerFX provides clients with direct access to real time quotes for well in excess of 500 emerging and developed-market currency pairs. The platform’s launch was covered across the specialist financial and foreign exchange press, including FX-Week, Forex News, Treasury Today, Profit & Loss, COVER South Africa, Institutional Asset Manager, Modern Ghana, FTSE Global Markets, Global Banking and Finance Review, Banking Technology, and Caribbean News Now.

Falcon Fine Art’s Dr. Tim Hunter comments on Da Vinci’s record-breaking $US450 million sale in BBC News

Following a highly anticipated auction and the US$450 million sale of Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ – the last of the artist’s known works held in private hands – Falcon Fine Art’s Dr. Tim Hunter tells BBC News what the 500 year old painting means for the art market and why this may be the …

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iGTB launches contextual banking revolution with CBX 18 – covered by specialist press

iGTB has launched the era of “contextual” banking with the release of new corporate banking platform CBX 18. Standing for “Contextual Banking eXperience”, the platform not only provides seamless digital execution across the full range of transaction banking actions, but – uniquely – also offers instant and intelligent recommendations as to the best actions available to …

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