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Finance

Finance

This week marks yet another milestone for BBVA in the European green financing arena. ESB, the leading Irish Utility, has chosen BBVA to act as green structuring bank and joint bookrunner in their inaugural EUR 500 million green bond. This is the first ever green bond issued by an Irish corporate and the net proceeds from the transaction will be destined to finance eligible green projects, mainly under the following categories: renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation and green buildings.

For many Americans, their home is their greatest source of wealth. It is for this reason — and many others — that the housing market has always been an extremely important part of the U.S. economy. What’s more, studies have shown time and time again homeowners are more active in their communities, healthier and less likely to be victims of crime. Simply put, home ownership is good for our citizens, our communities and our country. Which is why over the years, the U.S. government has created programs designed to make homeownership accessible for more Americans.

The final school bell has rung for a good portion of students across the U.S. – and if it hasn’t, it surely will soon. Summer plans are being made, and that could include a family vacation abroad to experience foreign lands and new cultures with loved ones.

Homeownership has always been a part of the American dream. All you have to do is work hard, and you can get your piece of the economic pie. We’re a country built on the promise of social mobility, and for many Americans, owning a home means you made it to the top.