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History

Proven Track Record with over 60 Years of Experience
The World Bank has been an innovator in the capital markets since its initial debt offering in 1947.

1947

First World Bank debt offering in 1947 for US$250 million
1981
First currency swap executed in the capital markets
1989-93
First global bond issued in USD (1989), in New Zealand Dollars (1990), in Yen (1992), and in Deutsche Mark (1993)
2000
First fully-integrated global electronic bond offering via the Internet
2000
First foreign issuer to launch bonds in Mexican Pesos and Chilean Pesos
2002
First foreign issuer to launch bonds in Brazilian Reals
2003
First fully electronic swap auction
2004
First foreign issuer to announce issuance in the new Turkish Lira
2005
First Ringgit Islamic bonds issued
2006
First global bond issued in Mexican Pesos
2007
First ever Turkish Lira global benchmark bond issued
2008
First World Bank issue of the Green Bond - a sustainable investment product developed to raise funds identified to a specific World Bank program
2009
First Multi-tenor offering in the Kangaroo market.
2012
First World Bank emerging markets bond fund in China



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