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Faith-Based Impact Investing: How to Incorporate Religious Values into Your Portfolio

“Impact investors are those who are conscious of the existence of serious unjust situations, instances of profound social inequality and unacceptable conditions of poverty affecting communities and entire peoples.”
– Pope Francis, “Investing for the Poor” Vatican Symposium on Impact Investing (2014)

Religion and finance are two topics that rarely intertwine in the minds of most investors. They may attend religious services each week and make charitable donations, but then also adjust their portfolios and watch the stock market at other times and for unrelated reasons. With faith-based impact investing, however, investors no longer have to feel like they are living double lives—it is possible to combine your religious values into your investment portfolio and still have the potential to see promising returns.

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Spotlight: CCM Fixed Income Impact Investments Supporting Disaster Recovery Relief

With the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season upon us, we thought it would be a good time to highlight one of CCM’s seventeen impact investment themes: disaster recovery.

Investors who choose disaster recovery as an impact theme are supporting various community development activities in federally-designated disaster areas and disaster-prone areas to enable the recovery, prevention, or continuation of daily life associated with natural or human-induced disasters.

How does CCM invest in bonds that are helping disaster recovery efforts in the U.S.?  Let’s look at three examples below.

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Impact Investment Theme Spotlight: Gender Lens

Sep 12, 2017 - Gender Lens by CCM Invests

At CCM, we categorize our investments using seventeen impact themes, one of which is gender lens. We define this theme as follows: benefiting women and girls, primarily those that are low- and moderate-income, such as women-owned businesses, educational programs, health-related services, and affordable homeownership.  We support these initiatives promoting gender equality, especially in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, because of their roles in helping young girls and women advance their skills and job opportunities.

Investors are increasingly interested in seeing examples of the types of bonds that incorporate gender lens.  We have included two below.

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