By Paige Chapel In the most recent annual J.P. Morgan and Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) survey, two challenges frequently cited by “impact investors” were: 1) a lack of research and data on investment products and performance; and 2) inadequate impact measurement practice. Given the broadness of the impact- or mission-oriented investing universe, the J.P. [...]
Standard & Poor's issues its first-ever credit rating of a CDFI By Paige Chapel, President & CEO, Aeris On April 2, the news broke that S&P had issued its first-ever credit rating of a CDFI*, Clearinghouse CDFI. This is an important development for those of us working to build a U.S. financial system that offers [...]
by Paige Chapel, President & CEO, Aeris The recent record highs in the public equity markets belie the continued struggles in America’s low-income working communities, which the economic recovery has been slower to reach. Fortunately, community development financial institutions (CDFIs) continue to innovate to tap new sources of investment dollars. We at Aeris believe it [...]
Aeris' President & CEO Paige Chapel spoke to Upscale Magazine about CDFIs and community investing for a feature story about investing tips in the magazine's February 2015 edition. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand to read the full article.
The following is a guest blog post and does not necessarily reflect the views of Aeris. By Cece Derringer, Director of Resource Development & Communications, Homewise While the notoriety of impact investing is rapidly growing*, the practice itself is anything but new. Community investing has a long history of offering a way for investors to [...]
By Paige Chapel, President & CEO, Aeris I’m so pleased to introduce our new blog and newsletter—just one of the many changes you’ve seen at Aeris this year. It has been gratifying to see how warmly and quickly CDFIs, investors, and others in the community investing field have embraced our new name. Thank you! Many [...]
"Paige Chapel is all about community investing. Her goal as the head of Aeris “is to help position CDFI loan funds over the next decade as part of a recognized investment class in mainstream financial markets." Read the full article and watch the video interview with Paige Chapel at yourmarkontheworld.com.
How the Citi Foundation is Helping to Build a Marketplace for U.S. Community Investments — Triple Pundit
By Kristen Scheyder, Senior Program Officer, Citi Foundation Via TriplePundit.com "The Citi Foundation has supported CDFIs for more than two decades, believing in their power to create economic opportunity for low-income individuals, families and their communities. CDFIs are one way to increase the flow of capital and the supply of financial products and services in [...]
"I think what CARS, or Aeris, does is a service to the entire industry because it offers a process that adds credibility. As more and more of us get rated, we’re likely to see a critical mass of investors come in who are able to use those ratings to gain a better understanding of each [...]
"To help investors explore the hundreds of funds that operate in the niche, the rating service formerly known as the CDFI Assessment and Rating System (CARS) this week rebranded itself and launched Aeris Cloud, an online portal that offers data and analytics on the financial performance and social impact of these community investments. Among other [...]