The Gender Gap and Gender Lens Investing

Sep 13, 2016 - Gender Lens by CCM Invests

We hear about the gender gap discussed in the news covering all types of fields and regions of the world. People can argue endlessly about the origins, culprits, and measurements of gender discrimination. Yet, data continues to show that women are significantly underrepresented in the world of financial services. PwC’s report “Mending the gender gap, advancing tomorrow’s women leaders in financial services highlights this data by noting that women in financial services hold only 19% of senior level positions, 14% of board seats, and 2% of CEO roles.[1] Women, however, aren’t the only ones feeling deprived. In fact, companies may also be losing potential gains by having male-dominated boards. Studies have found that companies experience a 42% higher return in sales, 66% greater return on invested capital, and 53% higher return on equity relative to their competition with less gender-diverse boards.[2]

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Taxable Municipals: Social, Environmental and Portfolio Benefits

Taxable municipal bonds may be used to finance a variety of social and environmental initiatives such as affordable housing and healthcare, neighborhood revitalization, job creation, energy efficiency, wind turbines, solar panels, education and healthy communities, to name just a few.   

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Four Reasons to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Jun 22, 2016 - Fossil Fuel Free by CCM Invests

CCM has been managing fossil fuel free fixed income portfolios since 1999.   Divesting from fossil fuels is a powerful action.  The Divest-Invest movement sends a strong message that investors are taking action for a fossil free future.

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Impact Investing and 401(k) Plans - What's the Holdup?

May 04, 2016 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

A February 2015 survey by Morgan Stanley found that more than 70% of individual investors are interested in sustainable investing and compared to the overall individual investor population, millennial investors are nearly two times more likely to invest in companies or funds that target specific social or environmental outcomes.   Another interesting finding is that female investors are nearly two times as likely as male investors to consider both rate of return and positive impact when making an investment.[1]

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Fixed Income Sustainability

Fixed income sustainability takes a positive screening approach to identify bonds that finance or support environmentally sustainable initiatives. It incorporates the “E” and the “S” of ESG, which may not be as common in fixed income as equities but it can be fully integrated into fixed income analysis and helps make more-informed investment decisions.  Within the different offerings of traditional fixed income investments, the incorporation of ESG examination can help provide insight into underlying risks and advantages.

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New Year, New Resolutions

Jan 06, 2016 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s time for resolutions. The typical ones come with the territory of a new year…lose weight, eat healthier, spend more time with family, volunteer in your community, etc.

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Fixed Income Impact Investing - A Great Place to Start

Nov 16, 2015 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

Many philanthropists feel that charity alone cannot solve all social problems. As such, more and more foundations, religious organizations, family foundations and other investors are furthering their programmatic goals through their investment portfolios without sacrificing returns – a/k/a impact investing. For those investors that have yet to join the movement or those just beginning their research, we think it is important to point out a great place to start – fixed income.

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The Life Cycle of Place-Based Investments and CCM's Role

For those that didn’t see our recent email, tweet and LinkedIn post announcing our newly created report “Place-Based Investing and the Role of the Impact Investor”, we would like to relay in this blog post one section in particular that we feel is extremely important – The Life Cycle of Place-Based Investments and CCM’s Role.

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The Nomenclature of Impact Investing

Sep 08, 2015 - Impact Investing by CCM Invests

The nomenclature of impact investing may sometimes feel like an ever-changing conundrum of words, acronyms and mysterious sounds. Confusing is probably an understatement. In an effort to help sort out SRI to ESG to MRI, we are devoting this blog to the cacophony of names surrounding impact investing. We can’t promise we included them all because the list is quite long so let’s begin…

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A Positive Outcomes-Based Impact Investing Approach

Aug 05, 2015 - Positive Screening by CCM Invests

Screening a portfolio is not a “one-size-fits-all” scenario. Investors have varying social values. This seems to be most prevalent in equities and corporate debt as a result of investors seeking investments in companies with positive environmental, social and governance records. Many institutional investors have policies in place that clearly set forth their positive screening factors.   What if, though, there were investments where investors didn’t have to decide if a company was or wasn’t in line with their values or missions? It seems that many market-rate asset classes that have clear qualitative and quantitative outcomes get lost in the shuffle when it comes to positive screening.   Here are a few examples:

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