Community-Based Equity

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How can Canada as a whole can begin to build the system and culture of community investment so prevalent in Québec and the U.S.A.? The first step is to define the financial players and the different...
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A recent study compiles a list of noteworthy Local Investment Financing Mechanisms (LIFMs) in Canada: locally-designed and -driven alternatives to our merger-minded banks.
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By definition, the credit needs of marginalized people are unlikely to be met by conventional means. Reflecting on the success of BCA Holdings, Inc., Greg MacLeod offers community loan funds some...
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The most recent innovation of Manitoba's Crocus Investment Fund, a labour-sponsored investment fund, is an initiative to fund sector-oriented enterprise: to create systemic change within an...
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Employer-sponsored pension funds are now a massive source of investment capital. So why do they not increase their role in private capital markets and in the financing of small and medium-sized...
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After exploding four myths about pension fund investment and management, the author shows how union members and community can influence fiduciary decision-making. Shareholder activism through proxy...
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In rural America, the bank, like the school, the church, and the town hall, is a sacred institution. The role and responsibility which banks must shoulder in the life and health of small towns is...
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With legislation in the works for Canada's banks, it may be some time before we get a better opportunity to press for a Canadian equivalent to the U.S. Community Reinvestment Act.
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Shorebank Corporation of Chicago specializes in financing community development. Ecotrust seeks to build livelihoods that are integral, rather than antithetical, to the environmental magnificence of...
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For a sector chronically short of money, asset-backed securitization expands the range of resources, reduces the costs, and lowers the 'admission requirements' for participants. Just remember kids -...