By Bette McDevitt
It is becoming easier to find funds and investment firms that focus on issues you care about, as Bonnie DiCarlo points out in the adjoining article. The funds are prolific and the issues have expanded beyond the scope of alcohol, tobacco, and guns. How well we know that there are many more evils in the world.
If you’ve been thinking about it, you could start with moving your bank account from the local bank that has loaned out over one billion dollars of its deposits to manufacturers of nuclear weapons. You can read more about that bank in another article in this issue.
Beyond that, you’ll find plenty of funds and investment companies who will be happy to do your investing for you. You might have a look at a Kiplinger article called “7 Great Socially Responsible Mutual Funds.” I was happy to see that Kiplinger, a model of “safe” investing, gave approval to two funds I found many years ago, plodding through the internet, because I trust only my own judgment.
Give it a try, and get rid of some of the guilt we carry around. You’ll feel better, and it won’t even hurt!
Bette McDevitt is a member of the Editorial Collective and of the Pittsburgh Raging Grannies.