Monthly Archives: January 2017

HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools


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Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school.

Just 16 percent of female students, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.

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The Finance & Tech Week In Review – 1/28/17


 

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Every Saturday the HBCU Money staff picks ten articles they were intrigued by and think you will enjoy for some weekend reading impacting finance and tech.

Black market medical record prices drop to under $10, criminals switch to ransomware / CSOonline ow.ly/Ke6T308r22i

Housing lets the iPhone 7 explore the seven seas / New Atlas newatl.as/2kCvvyX

Quail chicks learn their mother’s song in the egg / New Scientist bit.ly/2kbFKgs

Humans have created 30 trillion metric tons of stuff, from buildings to farms to ABBA albums / Science News ow.ly/g0vm308qYjy

Ikea’s refugee shelter declared best design of 2016 / New Scientist newatl.as/2jYB37Q

In #Madagascar, mobile phones allowed researchers to track increasing food insecurity in real time / World Bank wrld.bg/uftj308lLIC

Most People Are Financially Illiterate. Your Employees Don’t Need to Be / Inc. ow.ly/qG4r308qY5Q

3 Things to Know About Financial Planners. Prepare for your future. / FINRA bit.ly/2jeAtFF

Everyone wants economic growth. Starting young is key / WEF wef.ch/2kAoAub

This is how much you would have to contribute to pay off your country’s debt / WEF wef.ch/2j47Ho3

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s December 2016 Press Conference (Video)


Excerpt from Federal Reserve  Press Release on December Press Conference with Chairwoman Janet Yellen:

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee expects that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further. Inflation is expected to rise to 2 percent over the medium term as the transitory effects of past declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further. Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced. The Committee continues to closely monitor inflation indicators and global economic and financial developments.

Full Press Conference & FOMC Statement:

The Highest Paying Dividend Index ETFs For Your 2017 Portfolio – Sector By Sector


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Investing can be a daunting affair for first timers or newbies and yes, even experts, but the rise of ETFs (exchange traded funds) have made the access to traditionally expensive mutual funds much easier to secure for those with smaller accounts or limited investment knowledge. How can I be invested while reducing my risk? This both a financial question and a knowledge one. We believe the answer is to own every sector through an index ETF. Indexes are passively managed, meaning they are set and left to the fundamentals of the markets and economies they serve. These index ETFs usually have much cheaper expense ratios because of their passive management making it easier for investors, beginners and experts alike, to not see their gains eaten away by inundated fees often tacked on by active managers. There is now enough research after decades of tracking to show by the likes of John Bogle, founder of Vanguard, and others in the passively managed space that index ETFs and mutual funds far outperform their actively managed counterparts.

On top of that, there is the consideration of dividend or investment income. Dividends are money paid out by companies usually on a quarterly basis from a company’s ongoing operating income. It should be noted that not all companies pay dividends. However, in ETFs because they hold a myriad of companies there is a higher probability that there will be dividends present. Dividends help households reduce the income risk of job loss. This is how many wealthy households even during recessions are able to maintain and how many pay far less in taxes. Of the three incomes (earned, passive, investment), it is earned income, or the income we get up and go to work for everyday that is taxed at the highest rate. No matter how much you earn, your dividend tax rate is never above 20 percent versus a high of almost 40 percent in earned income tax rate, so more income from dividends is always advantageous.

Our list was calculated by taking the three lowest expense ratios of ETFs by sector according to the website ETF Database’s screener. Once those were identified we looked at the dividend yield that each ETF was paying and subtracted the expense ratio. This would appear in a calculation as nominal dividend yield minus expense ratio equals real dividend yield and there would be our winner for 2017. It should be noted that dividends are not fixed and companies can reduce or increase them as they sit fit, usually based on a company’s financial health.

You can buy this list and know that you are well diversified across every sector of the economy and will be receiving dividend payments along the way. If you really want to simply things, just head over to the Motif Investing platform and buy the All-Sector ETF of ETFs Motif, which is each of these ETFs below in one security and constructed by HBCU Money. Click here to find out more.

BASIC MATERIALS

Ticker Symbol: XLB

Issuer: State Street

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 1.80%

Annual Dividend: $0.97 / share

consumer goods

Ticker Symbol: FSTA

Issuer: Fidelity

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 2.45%

Annual Dividend: $0.79 / share

financial

Ticker Symbol: FNCL

Issuer: Fidelity

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 1.73%

Annual Dividend: $0.63 / share

healthcare

Ticker Symbol: XLV

Issuer: State Street

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 1.45%

Annual Dividend: $1.11 / share

industrial goods

Ticker Symbol: XLI

Issuer: State Street

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 1.92%

Annual Dividend: $1.29 / share

services

Ticker Symbol: XLY

Issuer: State Street

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 1.56%

Annual Dividend: $1.39 / share

technology

Ticker Symbol: XLK

Issuer: State Street

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 1.61%

Annual Dividend: $0.84 / share

utilities (tIE)

Ticker Symbol: XLU

Issuer: State Street

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 3.27%

Annual Dividend: $1.66 / share

Ticker Symbol: FUTY

Issuer: Fidelity

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 3.27%

Annual Dividend: $1.06 / share

real estate

Ticker Symbol: VNQ

Issuer: Vanguard

Real Annual Dividend Yield: 4.70%

Annual Dividend: $3.98 / share

Disclaimer: This article is in no way financial or investment advice. Each person’s investment and tax needs vary. Please consult your financial adviser or CPA before making any decisions. HBCU Money, its staff, or ownership has no holdings in any of the aforementioned investments. 

Virginia State’s President Abdullah Leading By Example: Establishes Banking Relationship at VSU Credit Union


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In a release on Twitter, Kevin Davenport, Virginia State University’s Chief Financial Officer, announced that President Makolah Abdullah would be establishing a personal banking relationship with Virginia State University Federal Credit Union, which is the  fourth largest HBCU-based credit union with $8.6 million assets.

It is a move that is prominent after the massive banking black movement began last year. Noted web traffic to HBCU Money would spike anytime there was a police shooting last year to our African American Bank and Credit Union directories. Many African American owned banks and credit unions reporting thousands of accounts being opened and millions of dollars being moved as African Americans looked to take more ownership of their economic power. The movement also coupled with years of financial abuse by banks like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and others towards the African American community.

The decision by President Abdullah is an important moment as college presidents tend to be more a more financially affluent group. Financially affluent African Americans have often been a group that has been missing among African American owned financial institutions as clients, leaving many institutions to try and survive by piecemealing less financially stable customers and contributing to decades of stagnant products and services offered. We hope this will spur many other HBCU presidents to move their banking relationships and continue to set the example for their students and our community that in order to build a stronger African American ecosystem our institutions, all of them, need our support, investment, and patronage.

Of course, the major missing piece is moving institutional accounts. HBCUs control billions in institutional money and could significantly enlarge the $10.4 billion that is now controlled by 339 African American owned banks and credit unions left. However, very few African American financial institutions are capable of handling institutional accounts. Currently, OneUnited Bank, the largest African American owned bank or credit union with $648 million in assets, has two HBCUs, Roxbury Community College and Florida Memorial as institutional clients. As the banks and credit unions become more stable with growing deposits from individuals, then they will be able to offer the more complex products that institutions and businesses need. So while President Abdullah maybe just one account, the halo effect could begin a second wave in the #BankBlack movement in 2017 and beyond.