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As fund managers race to meet surging demand for sustainable investment, regulators are getting tough on greenwashing. Plus: activist shareholders make their mark; sin stocks; ESG with Chinese characteristics; climate-friendly pensions; is crypto a no-no?
Brussels’ €12bn sale narrowly exceeds UK’s £10bn debut in September
The market in sustainable debt is growing but issuers are being challenged on margins
Government’s decision on interest rate will involve tricky trade-off between public purse and savers’ pockets
Investors place £100bn of bids for 12-year government debt
Plus, bumps in the road for the FCA’s climate disclosure agenda and Allbirds’ ‘sustainable’ IPO
EU wants to become world’s biggest issuer of environmentally friendly debt
This year’s worldwide issuance — in all categories — has topped $200bn
New issuance standards are helping drive a surge in sustainability-linked loans
Plus, cleaning up dirty nappies, the cost of uncoupling solar panels from Xinjiang, and investment industry reaches a net-zero ‘tipping point’
Inflows on track to surpass last year’s record despite growing concerns over ‘greenwashing’
A focus on the transition to net zero could distract them from their core objectives
Budgetary pressure on donor countries has required innovative financing to speed up treatment rollouts
Campaign groups criticise Beijing-based development bank for oversight of its investments
Move seen as an untapped option that could satisfy Brazil’s need for capital to halt surging deforestation
Focus on the US economic agenda behind carbon pledges during second round of presentations
Brussels impasse over whether fuel should be classified as partially sustainable
Some investors worry the ‘greenium’ is a sign of mispriced credit risks
Climate is a risk to financial stability; more radical measures need democratic approval
Bond issue to fund takeover of fossil fuel assets criticised for environmental claims
Experts discuss the challenges with a senior FT journalist, from “greenwashing” to measuring impact
Savings products promising to make it easy to be green still require scrutiny
Greece’s main power company raised €650m in a deal that attracted strong investor demand
Offering drew in around €80bn of orders in sign of robust demand for country’s debt
Government makes environmental and climate goals an explicit part of monetary policy