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Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Africa by Diya Wang (Georgetown University) and Zhiqiang Qing (University of Maryland), Interns

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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 …

African American-owned bank get $1M deposit

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Diversity Index Portfolio Outperforms S and P 500

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Creative Investment Research, Inc. announced today that it's Diversity Index Portfolio returned 35.13% from April 19, 2011 to March 30, 2013. The Diversity Index is an investment portfolio containing stocks of the largest companies in the U.S. These companies have been selected because they have outstanding investment characteristics and are top performers with respect to four key measures of inclusion and diversity: Human capital, CEO commitment, corporate communications, and supplier diversity.

By comparison, the S and P 500, or the Standard and Poor's 500, returned 18.14% over the same time period. According to Wikipedia, "The S and P 500 is a stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 leading companies publicly traded in the U.S. stock market, as determined by Standard and Poor's. It is one of the most commonly followed equity indices and many consider it the best representation of the market as well as a bellwether for the U.S. economy."

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