Compelling Returns: A Practical Guide to Socially by Scott J. Budde

By Scott J. Budde

In attaining aggressive monetary returns and make a distinction while by way of using the data in Compelling Returns: a pragmatic advisor to Socially dependable making an investment, a well-rounded consultant to socially in charge making an investment (SRI). comprehend the fundamentals of SRI and notice how one can align your values along with your investments by way of picking out from 3 easy techniques. learn how to enforce those concepts on your funding portfolios and mix your newfound wisdom with the fundamental ideas of profitable making an investment. An updated listing of businesses concerned with SRI is incorporated.

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These questions are aimed at determining which SRI strategies are right for you. In fact, investors considering SRI strategies come with a wide range of social, ethical, and religious goals. In addition, investors have a wide range of preferences about which strategies they want to use to achieve those goals. Finally, these goals and preferences are on top of your core investment and financial goals, such as saving for retirement. Not surprisingly, while many investors drawn to SRI strategies talk about their desire to “make a difference,” others are drawn to it for other reasons, such as “not wanting to profit from” certain activities or wanting to “have a direct impact” on a specific problem.

2. Creating direct social impact through community and proactive investing. Essentially, community and proactive investing allows SRI-oriented investors to directly impact certain problems or communities through their investment portfolios. Some individual investors value this direct association of their investments with specific, tangible opportunities to create positive social change. 3. Sending signals to corporations through shareholder activism. Essentially, shareholder activism allows investors to voice their opinions (either directly or through their investment manager) on issues of importance.

Finally, Chapter 2 concludes by discussing some common questions that many investors ask when they start to consider SRI strategies: What firms should they use and do they need a financial advisor or planner? indd 15 6/27/08 7:31:44 PM 16 Compelling Returns Keys to Successful Investing Successful investors should strongly consider these basic tenets as they develop an investment strategy—and an SRI-based strategy is no exception. These are common-sense strategies that I believe most responsible investment managers would recommend to their clients to guide their approach to investing.

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