As investors continue to invest in bonds labeled “green,” the team at Community Capital Management (CCM) is committed to sharing thought leadership and educational perspectives on the space. As pioneers in managing impact/ESG investments and fossil fuel free bond portfolios, we incorporate the “environmental” and “social” aspects of ESG investing in multiple elements of our investment process including a use of proceeds analysis for all impact investments, green bonds included.Read More
Lately, it seems as if high net worth, RIA, family office, and institutional investors may be seeing the world of bonds more and more through green-tinted glasses. In 2017, $155 billion of green bonds were issued, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a nonprofit that promotes the debt market as a way to raise money for projects related to climate change. CBI expects $250 billion of green bonds to be issued this year, compared with just $3 billion issued in 2012. These figures cover “labeled” green bonds, but what does the label tell investors?Read More
On International Women’s Day, CCM is excited to share it has added yet another positive gender lens component to its fixed income impact investing strategy through customized mortgage pools that are providing capital exclusively to low- and moderate-income women AND minority borrowers. The fourteen loans span 11 states allowing minority women the opportunity for affordable homeownership.Read More
Racial inequalities in the housing market are still quite deep. In the decade from 2006 - 2016, African-American homeownership declined nearly 6 percentage points which is more than any other racial group and is double the decline among whites. African-Americans began that 10-year period with the lowest homeownership rate and at the end of the year, they still had the lowest.Read More
In a positive step for social justice, the employment gap between black workers and white workers has reached a historic low. In honor of Black History Month, the impact investment team at Community Capital Management is increasingly (albeit it cautiously) optimistic about the forward progress toward racial equality in America.Read More
When it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, Europe has been light years ahead of North America. The 2014 Global Sustainable Investment Review noted that 58.8% of European invested assets at the time were invested in a sustainable way, compared to 31.1% in Canada and 17.9% in the United States. In July 2017, Schroders revealed that in its Global Investor Study of Institutional Investors, 58% of pension fund investors in Europe already see ESG as in important consideration—only 21% feel that way in the U.S.Read More
Happy New Year!
It's hard to believe another year is in the books. Below we highlight our most popular blog posts from 2017. We hope you have enjoyed reading our blogs as much as we have enjoyed writing them for you.
-The CCM Team
In 1977, Congress enacted the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), a law intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound banking operations. In 1989, Congress passed the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), which introduced a four-tier grading system for measuring a bank’s CRA performance and mandated public disclosure of all CRA reviews. In 1995, the regulatory bodies implemented a new “three-pronged” CRA exam that evaluates depository institutions’ performance based on lending, service, and investments.Read More
It’s the season of giving and of honoring those who work diligently to make a positive impact on others. In that spirit, Community Capital Management recently announced that Barrier Free Living Apartments is the winner of its first annual impact awards for 2017 and will receive a $10,000 donation. CCM’s “Impact Awards 2017” featured five impactful bond stories during the year with participants voting for their favorite over the last month. The contest recognizes fixed income impact investments and their multiple positive environmental and social outcomes.Read More
Many impact investors have asked the team at Community Capital Management, “How are you able to customize impact portfolios – especially in a mutual fund? How does it work?”
It’s a great question, and this short video walks through the process from beginning to end.Read More