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Financial Advisors still need to catch up with their clients when it comes to impact investing

Sep 27, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

The impact/ESG investing industry continues to grow as more investors align their financial goals with their values.  Fidelity Charitable’s 2018 survey on impact investing found that 85% of investors show equal or more interest in investments that have a social and environmental impact than conventional investments.  It also found that younger generations seem to be more drawn to the idea of creating positive ESG impact through investments with more than 70% of Millennials and Gen-Xers already adopting positive impact within their investments. [1]

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No Age Requirement to be a Global Leader

Sep 20, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Greta Thunberg proves that small can be mighty.  In August 2018, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist refused to go to school on Fridays, demanding that her government act immediately on human-caused climate change.  Her weekly Friday protests continued throughout the year, gaining media attention and eventually leading to thousands of young people joining her strike, now called ‘Fridays for Future’.1

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Busy Start to the School Year

Sep 13, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

September is a busy time as summer vacations come to an end, kids go back to school, and new routines are established.  At CCM, these past two weeks have been a particularly exciting time for us, celebrating our 20-year anniversary, releasing a new research report on CDFIs, and distributing our first annual impact/ESG investing survey.

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My Internship Experience at CCM

As a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, there is a lot of pressure to figure out which career path I want to pursue. To be honest, I barely know what I want to major in, much less know what I want to do after college.  Given my array of interests, it has been difficult to distinguish one field as my primary focus.  In an effort to help with this decision, last summer I applied for internships within the financial sector.  Luckily, I landed a job as an intern at Community Capital Management and was asked to return this summer – which I eagerly accepted. 

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Honoring Women's Equality Day

Aug 30, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

August 18th marked the 99th year since the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote nationally.  In honor of this hard-fought victory, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated every year on August 26th.  The day not only honors those who fought for equality in the early 1900’s but also celebrates the continued progress of all women’s movements since that time.1

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Demand for Top Talent Increases in Impact/ESG Investing

Aug 23, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Goldman Sachs recently launched a sustainable finance-focused unit that will serve as a centralized resource to guide other divisions of the company regarding knowledge, skills, and input related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing. This unit won’t replace any of Goldman’s current ESG functions or initiatives, but instead will support all groups as they build out their ESG offerings.1

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Impact happens in more than one way at CCM

As an impact/ESG investing firm, CCM not only requires its investments to make an impact and improve surrounding communities, but it also asks its employees to live by the same principles.  As an intern this summer, I had the opportunity to adhere to those principles – including committing to recycling, donating local school supplies, and even spending a Tuesday volunteering alongside my fellow interns and CCM co-workers.  

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Investment Managers Turn to Impact/ESG Investing

Aug 09, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

Impact investing has grown exponentially in recent years, and it does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.  According to Morningstar, ESG funds in the U.S. have attracted $8.4 billion in just the first half of 2019 – already shattering the previous annual record of $5.4 billion in 20181.  With this shift in investor behavior, more investment managers are looking to implement impact/ESG strategies to join the movement.  But are they all qualified to be doing so?

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Iceland Glacier Draws Attention to Climate Change

Aug 02, 2019 - Impact Investing, ESG by CCM Invests

One hundred years ago, Icelandic glacier, Okjökull, was 50 meters thick and covered almost 6 square miles1.  In 2014, it became the first glacier that Iceland has lost to climate change – but environmentalists are making sure that it will not be forgotten.  Members of the Icelandic Hiking Society and researchers from Rice University are installing a monument to memorialize the glacier which will officially be unveiled next month2 The monument will include the plaque below which is “a letter to the future” in an effort to bring awareness to the time sensitive issue of climate change.

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Business + Impact: An Intern’s Experience with an Eye-Opening Opportunity

Ever since I was young, I have always been eager to explore, whether it was running outside or learning a new subject at school.  Now as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the newest thing I am exploring is career options.  I constantly hear business phrases being thrown around, but one that has really caught my attention is “impact investing”.

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