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Aligning Your Values With Your Investments

Aligning Your Values With Your Investments

Corporate ethics. Clean industry. Fair wages. As oxymoronic as these phrases may sound in traditional business, many investors are now basing their investment decisions on these principles. Investors are beginning to align their values with their investments. Many people believe that they can make a difference with their investment dollars by avoiding companies with questionable records and focusing on those that take responsibility for their actions. This strategy is the basis for...more

Community Investing: Helping Others

Community Investing: Helping Others

Hundreds of millions of dollars and tremendous amounts of supplies have poured into charitable agencies to help the underprivileged victims of Hurricane Katrina get by for the short-term. While charitable giving remains very important, many people are looking for options that are more focused on helping for the long term. Barbara VanScoy is a portfolio manager with an investment management company that focuses on community reinvestment act securities. She says "Charity is an important first...more

Socially Responsible Investing: Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Socially Responsible Investing: Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Socially responsible investing (SRI) has been around in some form for more than 200 years, but it has become more prominent in the investing scene in the last 40. It's a way for individuals, corporations and institutions to merge their investing with their values. It empowers investors to 'vote' with their pocketbooks as a way to influence governments or corporations, hopefully, improving the quality of life throughout society. SRI in the United States was first practiced in the late 1700's,...more

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