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ESG price myths about to be debunked in Danish bond experiment

The world’s least corrupt country plans to bring some clarity to the opaque universe of ethical investing.

Thorsten Meyer Larsen, Head of Monetary Policy Operations and Government Debt at Danmarks Nationalbank. | Photo: PR/Danmarks Nationalbank

Denmark, which topped Transparency International’s latest ranking, wants to win over investors with something it says other sovereign ESG issuers don’t always offer: a real price.

“Some issuers say they’re borrowing more cheaply with green bonds than regular ones, while investors say they’re not paying more,” Thorsten Meyer Larsen, head of monetary policy operations and government debt at Denmark’s central bank, said in an interview. “Both can’t be true.”

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