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Our Top 3 Blog Posts from 2018

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. 

Warm wishes,

-The CCM Team

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Impact during the Holidays

Dec 19, 2018 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

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. 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Meet the CCM Annual Impact Awards 2018 Winner

We’re happy to announce that Hawthorne EcoVillage Apartments is the winner of the CCM Annual Impact Awards for 2018 and Project for Pride in Living (PPL), a nonprofit that built and manages the property, will receive a $10,000 donation. PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. This year’s Impact Awards featured five impactful bond investments made during the calendar year, with participants voting for their favorite investment story. We are extremely proud of all the investments in the contest and their multiple positive environmental and social outcomes. 

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FT Investing for Good USA Conference: Innovate Finance and the Gender Lens Opportunity

Dec 07, 2018 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

Recognition that gender equality plays a pivotal role in the health of our economy and society continues to spur interest from advisors and investors.  Earlier this week, we had the pleasure in discussing this topic with many in the impact/ESG investment community at this year’s Financial Times (FT) Investing for Good USA Conference.  The event focused on gender equality and opportunities for investors to support women’s equality while also generating strong returns.

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Nov 30, 2018 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

With what seems like a new holiday hashtag popping up every day, it can become overwhelming to scroll through social media.  While some of these holiday hashtags seem rather trivial - #PJDay which promotes wearing your pajamas to work or #uglychristmassweater – brands rely on hashtags to get people to engage, share content, promote a cause, or celebrate.  However, not all holiday hashtags have to be an excuse to eat a doughnut or wear a Christmas jumper – some can create positive impact throughout the world.

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Millennials and the Great Wealth Transfer

Nov 21, 2018 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

It’s an interesting time to be a Millennial. Sure, this generation has had, and continues to have, unique challenges. Many graduated college with unprecedented student loan debt, only to be welcomed to adult life by the Global Financial Crisis. As a result, despite being the best-educated generation ever, Millennials represent 40% of unemployed people in the U.S., and those who do have a job are earning less today than the same age group in the past.1

But it’s not all bad news, though, for Millennials. As the offspring of Baby Boomers - the generation that currently controls roughly 70% of the disposal income in the United States - this group now stands to inherit a staggering amount of wealth. This potential shift in capital is being dubbed the “Great Wealth Transfer” and the industry is taking note.

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Rebalancing in Today’s Market and How Liquid Alternatives Can Play a Role

The asset allocation of a portfolio helps drive its long-term performance results. Rebalancing is also critical and is especially important in today’s market given the extended bull market in stocks. A traditional 60/40 (equities/fixed income, respectively) portfolio would likely be 70/30 without rebalancing after a prolonged equity bull market. The outsized equity allocation could then be detrimental to returns should the next recession strike. In light of this coupled with current low yields on traditional core fixed income securities, many investors and their advisory teams have been ramping-up research on liquid alternative investments and the role they can play in portfolio diversification. 

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What is the “High Water Women’s Impact Symposium” and Why You Should Care

CCM recently attended the High Water Women’s Investing for Impact Symposium in New York City. High Water Women is a nonprofit organization, founded by a group of women from the investment industry, that supports volunteerism and philanthropic giving. The organization now includes 3,500 members from across the financial services world.

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Shift in Financial Goals for Millennials

Oct 26, 2018 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

“More than half of Millennial investors see the social responsibility of their investments as an important selection criteria, compared with less than 30 percent of WWII-era investors and 42 percent of Gen X investors.” 1

Millennials are often cited in investment-related headlines, especially as the generation accumulates more and more wealth. Their perceived lack of interest in traditional financial goals like home ownership or car ownership and inclination to spend money on experiences, such as food and travel, appear to be disrupting industries.  Even their career paths and desired job perks tend to illustrate a shift in priorities.

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Microfinance and Impact/ESG Investing in Indian Tech Startups

“The success of the microfinance model inspired us to replicate a similar approach
in healthcare and education, which are as critical to rural India as credit.”
Srikrishna Ramamoorthy of Unitus Ventures

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Microfinance typically aims to provide low-income or impoverished communities with access to capital. They are often in the form of small business loans with the goal of helping communities and businesses become self-sufficient. A recent Forbes article notes that the success of microfinance projects in India has resulted in larger-scale impact investments, including the funding of impact/ESG-oriented tech startups.

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