Building on the momentum in 2018 for women’s rights from #metoo and gender inequality to political power, the movement shows no signs of slowing down and continues to pick up speed a few months into 2019. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This month, designated as Women’s History Month, has been highly publicized with last Friday’s International Women’s Day helping to bring awareness to the month and spotlighting gender inequality across the globe.Read More
There were over $12 trillion of U.S. assets under management with impact/ESG incorporation as of October 2018.1 This equates to one in every four dollars of the total assets under management in the US – and is a 38% increase from 2016. US SIF started their biennial report on Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends in 1995 and since then, the industry has grown by over 18 times.2
The belief that impact/ESG investing could potentially mean sacrificing returns has been a longstanding concern of advisors and investors. While most people like the idea of investing in companies generating positive social and environmental impacts, they are often cautious of doing so if they believe that it could negatively affect their financial returns. Fortunately, data produced over the past decade has confirmed that impact/ESG investing and strong returns can, and often do, go hand-in-hand.Read More
Last week, we published the Women of CCM – a six-page report highlighting the members of our team who are women. Coincidentally, this report was printed just at the start of a series of holidays honoring women, including National Girls and Women in Sports Day, International Women’s Day, and Harriet Tubman Day. These days of national observance celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women and recognize the progress in gender equality across the globe.Read More
According to a recent Fundfire interview with Chris Hyzy, CIO for U.S. Trust and Merrill Lynch, his firm’s most recent annual survey confirms that an increasing number of high net worth individuals are pairing their investments with their beliefs by allocating to impact/ESG investments.1 Mr. Hyzy notes that the increase of interest in impact/ESG investing has been “a consistent trend over the years of the survey.. [with] the shift going up in all demographics, from boomers on down to millennials.” 2Read More
Today, many companies are producing goods and services with the mission of making the world a better place. Here are a few examples:Read More
With the current partial government shutdown now holding the record as the longest one in American history, effects of the closure continue to build. We’ve been hearing a lot about the consequences around employment – or lack of employment. From the 53,000 TSA agents working without pay to the $3.65 billion owed to federal workers who are still showing up at work - these shutdowns have already affected over 800,000 Americans with deferred payment. And as of Wednesday, there was $1.18 billion of labor lost due the shutdown.1Read More
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, awareness of gender inequality is becoming more widespread. An increasing number of people around the world are taking action and using a gender lens to consciously improve outcomes for women.
Happy New Year!
It's hard to believe another year is in the books. Below we highlight our most popular blog posts from 2018. We hope you have enjoyed reading our blogs as much as we have enjoyed writing them for you.
-The CCM Team
As we enter the final week of 2018, we reflect on this past year and feel grateful for our investors that provide us the opportunity to positively impact families and communities in need across the United States through their investments. We are also thankful to be able to donate to many like-minded charitable organizations and also volunteer our time to give back to our local communities.Read More