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ESG issuance steadily grows despite politicization, labeling concerns

While municipal bond issuance has dropped precipitously the past two years amid volatile markets, environmental, social and governance debt has steadily grown despite issuer hesitation to designate it as such and an ever-more acrimonious political environment emerges over it.

ESG issuance for the first three quarters of 2023 was at $27.970 billion, potentially on pace to beat 2022's total of $32.713 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

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