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Time to clean house at Wells Fargo

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The megabank’s continued compliance problems suggest that all of its board members, along with 100 of its most senior managers, should be replaced to make way for real change.

https://www.americanbanker.com/opinion/time-to-clean-house-at-wells-fargo

William Michael Cunningham on Impact Investing, Blockchain, and Crowdfunding

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September 2018 - 10 Questions

William Michael Cunningham on Impact Investing, Blockchain, and Crowdfunding
Interview by Carly Schulaka
WHO: William Michael Cunningham
WHAT: Economist, impact investing specialist, founder of Creative Investment Research

WHAT'S ON HIS MIND: “Any finance professional in the U.S. should learn how to code in
blockchain.”

1. You are an economist, an inventor, and an impact investing specialist. I’ve heard you
say: “True innovation happens in a way that is independent of monetary returns.” How does
this statement influence your work?

It’s really about finding an interesting problem and applying financial technology to solving
that problem or to dealing with that problem.

You know, the people who invented the alphabet didn’t do so to make money. They had an
interesting problem—communication on both a local and a grand scale—and if you were to
calculate the social return for the invention of that technology or technique, it’s almost
infinite.

So, that really …

Opportunity Zones

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in 2017, created new tax incentives for investments in what are known as Opportunity Zones: targeted areas in the United States. Investments are made via Qualified Opportunity Funds, who are directed to promote economic development in 8,700 disadvantaged rural and urban (read Native, African American and Hispanic) communities (low-income census tracts selected by state governors and certified by the U.S. Treasury Department) by offering investors substantial federal tax advantages.

As one analyst explained:

"Assume an investor has a $1 million gain in Apple stocks and decides to sell. To keep it simple, let’s also assume the investor is in a 20 percent tax bracket, totaling $200,000 in capital gains tax. But instead of paying, the investor reinvests the $1 million in an Opportunity Fund.

If the investor holds for more than 10 years: the investor pays ZERO capital gains tax on the appreciation of that asset."

These benefits are only availabl…

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