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Author: Barbara Seaman

Media Attention on Impact and ESG Investing
May 2022 | Impact Investing

We have seen an endless barrage of stories recently on impact and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing — many negative and criticizing this style of investing. The reality is that impact and ESG investing supporters, practitioners, and investors should embrace the criticism as a sign of acceptance. Investors are […]

Impact Corporate Bonds
April 2022 | Green Bonds

In recent years, the number of issuers coming to market with corporate debt offerings that look to have environmental and/or social impact outcomes has significantly increased. Sometimes labeled as green bonds, sustainability bonds, or social bonds, these issues may fit within investors’ requirements for impact alignment. More recently, another category […]

March Celebrates Gender Equality
March 2022 | Gender Lens

International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women and supports a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination, and asks to collectively work toward greater women’s equality moving forward.[1] This year’s campaign theme — #BreaktheBias — spotlights the individual and collective biases against women that fuel gender inequality. We also […]

Investing In a World of Elevated Inflation
February 2022 | Equities

Last week’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report showed inflation reaching a 40-year high with prices up 7.5% in the last year. Even after excluding the more volatile food and energy inputs, inflation still remains shockingly high at 6.0% and is creating angst among investors, particularly those who have relied on […]

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, […]