Green Bonds: Capitalism is Going Green #infographic

Green Bonds: Capitalism is Going Green #infographic

Buying US corporate bonds for environmental reasons has not been a successful practice in the past 12 months. As the market swells, however, so-called green bonds are being prepared for better returns as investors pump cash into assets that might potentially save the planet.

"Capitalism and responsible investment are not mutually exclusive," Stephen Liberatore, head of Nuveen 's responsible Fixed-Income Strategy Group, said in a telephone interview given on January 24. "And when they're done properly together they work very well."

In the 12 months to January 24, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Green Bond Index — which tracks green corporate bonds — was gaining around 13 per cent. According to the Bloomberg Barclays index results, this is less than the large investment-grade corporate debt benchmark, which has returned about 16 per cent.

Green Bonds: Capitalism is Going Green #infographic

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