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Impact Investing

You invest your hard-earned money for the sole purpose of growing more money. With patience, fortitude, and time it can be done. However, you may not be aware that your investments are shaping the world around you and expressing a set of values that you may or may not agree with. Impact investing is a means of generating positive financial returns while intentionally expressing a set of values that positive create social and environmental returns as well.

If getting the most financial return for the least cost is your investing priority, a portfolio of non-managed index funds may seem appropriate. But, investing in index funds as well as many managed funds may result in the support of manufacturing assault weapons, state funding of private prisons for slave labor, child slavery to produce common consumer goods, global deforestation, polluting fresh water supplies, extracting fossil fuels that are causing climate change, and corporate lobbying of our legislative leaders. Profiting from corporations that engage in these kinds of behaviors is a question of morality. “Radix malorum est cupiditas” is a Latin translation of the original Greek manuscripts of the Bible: “Greed is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10.

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