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Investing For the World You Want

How can you incorporate your values into your investments? While many of us have principles and views about what is “right” and “wrong”, putting those principles into action within a portfolio can be difficult.

Jill Schlesinger

By Jill Schlesinger, CFP®
  |  Published: May 10, 2018

Although hard to accomplish, there are different ways of making an impact. They vary in terms of feasibility, effectiveness, and potential cost.

When trying to determine the best approach, ask yourself, what am I trying to achieve? What outcome do I want? Is it about making me feel good or are do you seek an impact in the world?

If you’re considering adopting a values-based approach to investing, there are four different options to consider:

  1. Divestiture: When you avoid owning the stock or bonds of of a company or issuer.
  2. Engagement: Owning company stock, and putting pressure on the board and management through voting.
  3. Impact investing: Investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact.
  4. Charity: Giving to the causes you believe bring about the right change.

Of course, all investing involves risk, but the advent of funds that allow screening based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors has prompted the Department of Labor to issue some warnings.

Director of Investing & Behavioral Finance at Betterment, Dan Egan, joins this episode of the Better Off podcast to discuss.

Listen to the full discussion with Dan Egan of Betterment.

 

This article was originally published on on the Better Off podcast.

The opinions stated on the Better Off podcast are those of the host, Jill Schlesinger, and her guests, and not those of Betterment or its employees. Any third party links provided are offered as a matter of convenience and are not intended to imply that Betterment endorses, or is affiliated with the owners of or any information contained on those sites, unless expressly stated otherwise. Listen to a preview and subscribe to “Better Off” here.

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Dan Egan

Dan Egan
Managing Director of Behavioral Finance & Investing, Betterment

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