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Fixed-Income Insights

Lord Abbett Portfolio Manager Annika Lombardi discusses factors that could influence sustainable bonds in the second half of 2021. 


3 Keys to the 2021 Second Half: ESG Bonds

Hi everyone, my name is Annika Lombardi and I’m the lead portfolio manager on Lord Abbett’s Climate Focused Bond Fund. [LOWER THIRD: Annika Lombardi – Portfolio Manager] For the remainder of 2021 we're keeping our eye on three key themes as it pertains to sustainable finance.

Key #1: Potential ECB purchases of green bonds.

First, in Europe we’re watching for any developments in the European Central Bank's bond buying program. [SUBTITLE: After this recording, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a plan to incorporate climate considerations across its monetary policy activities, including corporate bond purchases, beginning in 2022.] It's becoming increasingly likely that the ECB will favor either sustainable, green bonds or taxonomy aligned bonds in their purchase programs, which could have a significant positive impact on the spreads for those issuers.

Key #2: Potential passage of U.S. infrastructure bill.

Second, here in the U.S., whether or not an infrastructure bill is passed could have significant implications for renewable technologies like solar energy, which might really benefit from an increase in spending going towards green industries.

Key #3: Growth rate of sustainable bond issuance.

Finally, we'll be monitoring the pace of sustainable bond issuance over the second half of 2021. In the first half of this year, sustainable bond issuance is already up over 100% versus 2020, which was in and of itself a record year for issuance [SUBTITLE: Data source: Morgan Stanley.] So it will be interesting to see if both the pace of issuance as well as the record demand for these types of securities from investors can keep pace with the first half of 2021.


Thank you for listening.


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