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2022: “The Next New Normal”
January 2022 | Markets

In this month’s blog, Andy Kaufman, CCM’s chief investment officer, shares his thoughts on the financial markets and his outlook for 2022. 2021 was supposed to be the year of recovery. With vaccine roll outs and the possibility of herd immunity, we thought life would be back to normal. While […]

Top 5 Trends in Impact and ESG Investing in 2021
December 2021 | affordable housing

Our final blog of the year highlights the top five trends we witnessed within the impact and ESG investing space in 2021. Greenwashing: There was a lot of media attention on “greenwashing” throughout the year including the former CIO at BlackRock claiming that sustainable investing practices is a public relations […]

CFA Institute Implements New ESG Standards to Address Greenwashing
November 2021 | ESG investing

Earlier this month, the CFA Institute issued the first voluntary global standards for an asset manager to consider when disclosing its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues in its objectives, investment strategy, and stewardship activities.[1] The guidelines, which are an extension of the global investment performance standards, known as GIPS, […]

Climate Change is Real
August 2021 | environment

The summer of 2021 has seen extreme heat and dry conditions sparking wildfires around the globe. From California to Greece, Turkey to Canada, these raging fueling blazes are destroying land and livelihoods. California, in particular, is having a record-breaking year of wildfires with more than twice as many acres burned […]

Impact Investing and Faith-Based Investing
August 2021 | Religion

Impact investments are generally described as investments made with the intention to generate measurable environmental and social impact alongside a financial return. Faith-based investments are essentially impact investments with the added layer of aligning religious beliefs and values. This varies across religious groups depending on their missions, ministries, goals, and […]

Three Ongoing Disparities in Affordable Homeownership
July 2021 | affordable housing

Many factors contribute to the ongoing disparity in affordable homeownership, three of which we have highlighted in this week’s blog and in our new perspective, The Ongoing Challenges of Affordable Homeownership for Black and Minority Families and How the Capital Markets Can Help Reduce the Homeownership Gap, distributed earlier this […]

Four Common Misperceptions of Impact and ESG Investing
July 2021 | ESG investing

In this week’s blog CCM uncovers four common misperceptions of Impact and ESG investing. Myth: Impact and ESG investing sacrifices financial performance. Truth: Strategies that incorporate impact and ESG components have track records, and it is imperative to review their historical risk-adjusted financial performance against their respective benchmarks, as is […]

June Recap at CCM
July 2021 | Firm News

June marks the official start to summer, and for us at CCM, it was a busy month to close out the first half of the year. As we head into the Fourth of July holiday, here are some firm highlights that took place in June. CCM kicked off the month […]