US bond yields have remained stubbornly low, flying in the face of key indicators such as rising inflation and employment. The US isn’t the only country with low bond yields, and many credit lingering pandemic uncertainties. Failing a robust, sustained recovery in confidence and economic performance, they may continue to languish.
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2021 brings a new administration to the White House and, with it, a more favorable outlook toward sustainability, especially climate change. How much this shift in policy will influence financial regulations and ultimately banks, especially in the US, is not yet certain. But banks should prepare for stronger pressure on the financial industry to contribute to the effort to foster sustainable development through stricter disclosure requirements and redirected investment goals.