Let me ask you:
* Would you like to learn more about companies that are doing God’s work, and find more positive examples of companies advancing and helping our society?
* Are you tired of the moral decay in our society?
* Are you tired of the corruption, deceit, and lies on Wall Street?
* Are you tired of companies promoting and being involved in abortion, pornography, embryonic stem cell research, and homosexuality?
* Are you concerned about products and services that entrap people into a lifestyle of sin?
*Are you concerned about products and services like tobacco, alcohol, and gambling that destroy millions of families?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I invite you to join me and millions of others in the faith-based investment movement.
New service launches next month!
Next month, I will be launching a faith-based investing service for an exclusive group of just 500 investors. You will see what I’m buying when I’m buying – the specific stocks, mutual funds, ETFs that I recommend to my clients and for my family. Each investment is carefully selected for the following 2 reasons:
1) Great investment potential
2) Meets a strict moral background check – doesn’t fail our moral screens and passes our positive values check (companies adding to the improvement of our society).
There will also be timely articles, videos, and audios to make your faith-based investing journey easier to implement. No fluff. Just pure substance!
The site will be live in May 2009 at www.faithbasedinvestor.com. Sign up now so that when I begin the service you don’t get locked out. Again, this will be an exclusive offer to a select group of 500 families. Once it is closed, it may not open again! Whether you have $25,000 to invest or $25 million, this will be a valuable service. Because I want this to be an experience and not just another service, I am closing the doors once we have 500 members. This offer will go out to my list soon and if a small percentage takes advantage of this offer, it may close quickly!
INTRODUCING FAITH-BASED INVESTING
In the book of Mark, this question is posed: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” (8:36 nasb). Through the effort to find solutions to address the issues that go along with this question, faith-based investing was born. This movement seeks to align a person’s faith, moral beliefs, and ultimately God’s Word with the investment community.
There are now millions of religious investors attempting to align their morals and values with their investment portfolios. Religious concerns have long been a factor in the investment process because investors have wanted to avoid companies that contradict their belief system. This began with social screens such as alcohol and tobacco and has migrated to moral issues such as pornography and abortion.
There has also been a recent movement for investors to reassess their financial priorities in light of the corporate and mutual fund scandals that have surfaced over the last ten years. People are looking for more meaning in their lives and ultimately to make a more positive difference with their investments. This has led to the desire and ability to screen for more social and moral issues.
The rise in the number of faith-based mutual funds and money managers has opened the door to new avenues of investing. There also has been a surge in the level of sophistication in research available to advisors, money managers, and individual investors. As a result of this movement and awareness, millions now have the opportunity to put their money where their values are.
The appropriate starting point for any investment should include having a noble purpose as well as developing a process to maximize moral integrity. It is not just whether you should compare the harm of investing in one company vs. another company. It is more about trying to avoid the “blood money” that results when you invest in companies that are not in line with your beliefs. If you participate through your investment dollars in things you do not agree with, you are still enabling that activity. More important, when you send money into a mutual fund that invests in things that are objectionable to you, your moral integrity has been compromised.
The limitations of your knowledge should not blind you to the fact that there is a moral responsibility when you invest. If you look the other way when others are doing wrong, you are still morally responsible. So how do you invest in a manner that reflects your morals and values?
The first part of the process is to determine what is truly important to you. Is God a top priority in your life? Are you looking for balance and consistency? Doesn’t it make sense to include your faith in all areas of your life–finances included?
Moral responsible investing, faith-based investing, biblically responsible investing: call it what you like. if you desire to honor God with your investments and be a better steward with the wealth He entrusts to you, this type of investing is for YOU.