“The decreasing growth rate overall for the market has its roots intertwined in a number of dynamics, most of which are not specific to green finance,” SEB said. “The overall bond market has slowed in 2018 and fickle market conditions have held back issuance globally in July.”However, the bank maintained that the second half of this year would be more positive for new green bond issuance with “heightened activity” in corporate markets such as the US.While SEB’s “base case” for green bond fundraising was $185bn for the year, it said there was a “possibility” for as much as $210bn. Green bond issuance in 2018 is expected to hit $185bn (€160bn), according to a forecast from Nordic bank SEB.However, the bank also warned that macroeconomic concerns such as Brexit and international trade tensions could stall new issuance in the short term.SEB reported in a July market update that $47bn was raised through green bonds in the second quarter of 2018, the second-highest quarterly figure on record. This followed a weaker first quarter figure of $36bn.However, the bank recorded just $4bn of new issuance in July, down “at least 40%” compared with July 2017. Christopher Flensborg, head of climate and sustainable finance solutions at SEB, said: “What is also promising in the mid-term is the rise in corporate lending which we and a number of our peers are experiencing currently…“Corporate treasurers are spending an increasing amount of time examining their funding options, hence, leading to prospects for larger corporate issuance ahead – and thereby also more attention to the green bond market.”SEB reported 17 publicly announced green bond fundraising drives planned for the rest of 2018, including corporate and supranational issuers from a range of countries including Argentina, Belgium, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, and the US. According to Standard & Poor’s, the green bond market was worth $372bn at the end of December 2017.
“I am very happy to avoid my friend Xu Xin in the draw. This is my last tournament of the year, so I want to finish the year of my dreams off in style, by winning the World Tour Grand Finals for the fourth time.”Number two seed, 19-year-old Fan Zhendong, the man that Ma Long beat in last year’s World Tour Grand Final, will be out for revenge for his 2015 defeat, and will want to keep up his momentum from winning the Men’s World Cup earlier in the year.Double World Tour Grand Final champion Jun Mizutani (JPN) is making his first international appearance since winning bronze at Rio 2016, so confidence will be high for the Japanese superstar. Europe’s hopes rest with Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) and Vladimir Samsonov (BLR), who will be bidding for their first World Tour Grand Finals crown.Like fellow Olympic champion Ma Long, Ding Ning (CHN), is out to defend her World Tour Grand Finals title in Doha. The 27-year-old stated after seeing her draw: “All the 16 players qualified through many tough tournaments in 2016, so everyone will be strong. I will prepare my best for every match, as each match will be difficult. I am here to win, and want desperately to defend my title.”The Japanese trio of Miu Hirano, Mima Ito and Hina Hayata, fresh from their historic feat of becoming the Women’s Junior World Team Champions earlier in the week are ready to enter back into the senior stage, after all qualifying for the event here in Doha. Time will tell if they can transfer their junior form to senior success in Doha.The Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals is the most lucrative table tennis event on the globe, with only the top 16 men and women players from the 20 2016 ITTF World Tour events securing their place in Doha. In addition to the singles competition, eight men’s and women’s doubles pairs and 8 men’s and women’s under 21 players have also be making their way to Doha to compete in the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The top 16 men and women from the 2016 ITTF World Tour have assembled in Doha, Qatar for the Seamaster Qatar World Tour Grand Finals starting today through Sunday, December 11.The world’s best players battled through 20 World Tour events across the globe to gather enough points to qualify for the $500,000 season-ending event.As always, all eyes will be on World & Olympic champion Ma Long of China who will be the red-hot favorite to defend the title he won last year in Lisbon. The odds for the 28-year-old were slashed even more as he was drawn in the other half of his two other teammates, world number two Fan Zhendong and number three Xu Xin. This means Ma will not have to face his Chinese teammates until the final.
Brothers Conor and Liam Sweeney (and dog Tiny!) get ready for the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Letterkenny today.Parades are taking place across Donegal today.And while we can’t get to see al of them, we can bring you pictures from Bundoran to Buncrana and in between.Why not send us your pictures to [email protected] and we’ll publish them. Don’t expect them up straight away – as we’re enjoying St Patrick’s day too but we will get them up as son as we can.SEND US IN YOUR ST.PATRICK’S DAY PICTURES! was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)