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Economic Insights

Lord Abbett Portfolio Manager Leah Traub shares insights on the growth of the green bond market and how ESG criteria are influencing investment processes. 

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Leah Traub, Ph.D.

Partner & Portfolio Manager

Air Date: March 11, 2021

Hi, my name is Leah Traub, I’m a partner and portfolio manager in taxable fixed income.

INTERSTITIAL: ESG Investing: The Environment for Green Bonds

So ESG [bond] issuance this year has been very, very strong, not surprisingly, coming off of a very strong 2020—it was a record breaking year for ESG-related debt issuance. And coming into 2021 we're already kind of blowing through the levels of issuance that we saw in 2020.

You know, really be the breadth of the market has increased and we're seeing green debt and also other sustainability linked debt, you know, in all areas of the markets, including [U.S.] municipals, sovereigns--Italy just issued a green bond [there was almost 10 times oversubscribed--so that is definitely a way that they can help their debt problem. And we're also seeing [issuance] as usual in in the corporate markets as well.

INTERSTITIAL: Thoughts on the ESG Journey

The focus on ESG issues is something that's very close to my heart; I am the executive sponsor of the [Lord Abbett] Women's Network. And we are increasing our engagement not only across the firm but also across all of our communities as well. I love to see women really find their voice, become included in the conversation, and increase their impact both internally and externally.

The support of our male allies has just been phenomenal, and everybody at Lord Abbett is really working towards the goal of really having genuine inclusion, both at the firm and also within our investment strategies.

Thank you for listening and thank you for your continued interest in Lord Abbett.

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