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Q&A with CCM Chief Impact Strategist David Sand

CCM’s Chief Impact Strategist, David Sand, has more than 35 years of investment management experience and is a trailblazer in the socially responsible/impact investing arena. Recently, a member of our team sat down with David and asked him a few questions about his career and experience.

Q: What started your career in impact/ESG investing? Was there any specific catalyst(s) that led you to become a pioneer in the development of market-rate, fixed income impact investments?

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State Treasurers and Public Pension Fiduciaries Seeking to Increase Allocations to Impact/ESG

Across state and municipal pension plans, state treasurers and plan fiduciaries are seeking to learn more about impact/ESG investments. Similar to our recent blog noting the adoption of impact/ESG strategies in defined contribution/401(k) plans, these municipalities also look to introduce new or increase their existing impact/ESG allocations.

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The Adoption of Impact/ESG Strategies in 401(k) Plans

Adoption of Sustainable Investing (SI) strategies, or those that integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals, has seen considerable growth in defined contribution (DC) plans. This growth has been primarily fueled by an increased appetite from participants, interest from plan sponsors to align DC menus with their corporate values, and a growing set of investment capabilities that fit the performance needs and values of investors.1 

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Investing to Further Your Values: Faith-based Impact Investing

Since 2014, the Vatican has held three conferences on impact investing (2014, 2016, 2018), and the Catholic Church has become a major player in the impact/ESG space. This biennial series of Vatican Impact Investing Conferences is a “vital, long-term global platform around Pope Francis's vision of 'putting the economy at the services of peoples'”.At these events, impact investing experts and Catholic leaders from around the world convene to share and evaluate finance models and investible vehicles to address systemic challenges of great importance to both the Catholic Church and the global community. Current challenges include Climate Change, Health, Migrants and Refugees, and Youth Unemployment.2

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A Closer look at CCM’s Impact/ESG Investments and how they Positively Support Affordable Housing and Seniors/the Disabled

Housing is critical to quality of life, especially for older adults. A 2014 report released by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation discusses how America’s older population is experiencing unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group. 

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When a Great Impact Opportunity Just Doesn’t Make Financial Sense

Picture a large office building in your nearest city. At night, there are usually a handful of lights on in various rooms and offices which you notice from miles away. Now picture that same building during the day with every light on and consider the amount of energy that is being pulled from the grid to provide that illumination.

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Dispelling Five Myths About Impact/ESG Investing That Persist

Impact/ESG investing myths have been widely dispelled through much academic and practical research over the years, yet they still persist. Responsible investing is rapidly growing, having enjoyed a 135% increase in assets under management since 2012 to $8.72 trillion, yet the skeptics still remain.We recently co-hosted a webinar with Jeff Gitterman, co-founder of Gitterman Wealth Management, who dispelled 5 myths he commonly hears from RIAs and wealth managers:

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Top 3 Blogs from the first half of 2018

As we enter the second half of the year, we highlight our most popular blog posts to date from 2018. 

Enjoy!

-The CCM Team

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5 Tips to Help RIAs Talk with Clients about Impact Investing

With tremendous growth in SRI, ESG and Impact Investing, many RIAs are only scratching the surface of how impact can enhance client relationships and grow their business. As more clients look to align their portfolios with their values, are your clients embracing impact investing? Do you know if they are interested? Do you feel empowered to have those conversations with them?

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The Growing Demand for ESG Investing in North America

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.

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