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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, […]

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 […]