Central banks are moving towards the ‘QE exit’. The US Federal Reserve (the Fed) this month began reducing the total size of its asset holdings bought under successive rounds of quantitative easing (QE). The European Central Bank (ECB) has just announced a planned reduction in the value of its monthly asset purchases. And the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has been quietly reducing the pace of asset purchases since it began targeting bond yields.
At the end of June, I was honoured to be awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Elevator Awards at Mercure Ardoe House Hotel.
I say honoured because our small corner of the world is home to an outsized number of successful businesses run by the brightest minds. It is inspiring that the region has so many great and growing businesses from brewers and gyms through to engineers and publishers.
There is a new breed of bond in the fixed income world. It’s different, it’s bold, it’s the so-called green bond market. As the drive towards environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing continues to gather pace, policy makers and investors alike are waking up to the importance – and benefits – of green bond investing.