Sweden’s credit market rebounds on surging ESG bond volumes

Sweden’s once battered credit market is finding relief in an unexpected place.

Photo: Miriam Dalsgaard

As firms and governments try to recover, they’re selling more debt earmarked for ethical and social projects than ever before. That issuance has provided a lifeline to a market that suffered one of the worst crashes in its history just a few months ago.

Anna Reuterskiold, a green bond specialist on Nordea’s debt capital markets desk in Stockholm, says companies and government agencies have figured out that “you can get better terms if you issue green.” She says “there’s a wider investor base” when it comes to green bonds, which has made all the difference since the crisis.

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