Date: 9/25/2014
Author: Marlene Y. Satter

Top 5 Reasons to Look at Green Bonds

International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, has expanded on its first offering of green bonds earlier this year, launching a program through Incapital that opens green bonds to individual investors.

The IFC Impact Notes Green Bond offerings are Triple-A rated bond alternatives to securities such as those issued by government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). They offer proponents of impact investing the added advantage of seeing their money used exclusively for the financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

The projects are global in nature, with most being built in emerging market countries. While many see that as a risk, both Incapital and IFC see it as an opportunity—and, according to Incapital, the addition to the green bond program is just the beginning.

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