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Do you want to promote diversity in leadership positions within companies? This could mean a Board of Directors, the CEO, VPs, or other positions of power being held by women, people of color, or LGBTQ+. Unknown to most, it's possible to invest in companies that value these same qualities. In fact, studies have shown that companies with diverse leadership and pro-DEI environments produce greater results and higher stock prices.
What about gun manufacturers, oil, tobacco, or alochol companies? Are you committed to a healthier, safer world? You're likely invested in at least one of these, whether you like it or not, as most large cap mutual funds or ETFs contain them.
What about the environment, is it important to you that your investments help fight against climate change? If so, there are several ways you can promote a cleaner world by intentionally investing in areas such as the green power industry, carbon exchanges, various environmental protections, and clean water and ocean initiatives.
Whatever cause it is that you are you most passionate about, let's start there.
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Investing in support of Neurodiversity has just become easier! There is a new index called the Neurodiversity Index, that helps you invest in companies that are generally benefitting the Neurodivergent community. Learn about how the index can make the world a better place!
In this post Carrie outlines 10 main reasons why SRI/ESG investing could be the biggest growth opportunity to 2030.
Have you ever thought about how climate change might be affecting your life in more ways than just weather? Data shows that the affects of climate change are causing costs to inflate, which means the only way we will see lower inflation over the years is with a combination of monetary policy and halting behaviors that are causing climate change.
In the December 5, 2020 blog post Carrie discusses the reasons why Alternative Energy sources might be a good addition to your portfolio. With the US being such a low consumer of alternatives some may claim it's not a great growth option, but Carrie's opinion differs as she sees it as an opportunity. Many countries, including the US and China, two of the biggest energy consumers on the globe, promising to decrease their net-carbon emissions to zero in the near future, the growth in demand could be exponential. Furthermore, the possible job growth in this industry could be a game-changer for many economies.
There are two main investment types available to most investors- stocks and bonds. In the world of Socially Responsible Investments there is far more variety of stock investments available than there are bonds. So if you’re specifically concerned with investing for a specific cause such as Social Justice, your options are currently limited, though there are a handful of bond options we think could be considered as Social Justice oriented. Carrie covers how these .
March 22 was World Water Day. In this blog post water was likened to land in regards to Mark Twain’s famous quote, “Buy land, they aren’t making it anymore”. This isn't to say “buy water, they’re not making it anymore”, but instead suggesting there is a reason to invest in making clean water available. Whether you’re a believer in climate change or not, the hydrological cycle has been changing and therefore increasing flooding, severe hurricanes and droughts. These extremes are causing not only a limitation to our clean water supply, but it’s affecting the spreading of disease, and adding more pollution.
In this blog post Carrie takes you through a deep dive into Municipal Bonds to see how these desirable investments might have a bitter bite in the coming years. The details might surprise you!
Women have been hit with the impacts of COVID much more so than males. The resulting implications will negatively the economy as a whole, but also the long-term financial stability of women. Learn how you can mitigate the impacts to your fullest ability.
Carrie explains the difference between ESG and SRI investing, which can often be misunderstood as being the same strategy. Learn why they are different and find the ways to get under the hood to see what you're really investing in.
Our waters are getting dirtier and closer to becoming undrinkable as the days creep on. Our communities and municipalities are under attack financially because of the shape of our climate. And, we’re in a crypto-currency craze which turns out is heavily polluting our world (University of Cambridge has collected data suggesting that bitcoin mining is producing emissions between 53 and 127 million megatons of carbon dioxide!)1 This Earth Day, take a moment to review a checklist of 108 earth-friendly habits. How many of these can you check off your list? How many of these are you willing to make a commitment on?
In the March 19, 2020 blog post Carrie takes a deep dive into the environmental impacts of the cannabis industry. Pulling the curtains back show a different side of the industry than many might perceive.
In Our Lives Magazine's August 2016 issue Carrie was interviewed by Abigail Churchill, JD, regarding how investments can be passively funding firearms and therefore endorsing hate crimes. Read more on pages 58-60 in the article titled Are You Passively Funding Firearms?
In the April 1, 2020 blog post Carrie exposes one of the new trends of Greenwashing in the ESG/SRI marketplace. Learn more about this new phenomenon.
In light of the recent surge in the Black Lives Matter movement, this blog post explains how investing can be part of the change.