Socially Irresponsible Investing

I know this is a gag, but at the same time, I know quite a few people that would be more than willing to invest their money with a investment firm that practiced like this if they consistently beat the market. I don’t know if I would venture to say that most people would, but my feeling is that this goes on as unspoken with some investment firms and that those that are investing with them conveniently fail to ask the questions of where exactly the profits are coming from. It might be harder for many to justify investing if a company was as upfront as in this video and only targeted socially irresponsible companies, but if they aren’t this blatant, would most investors even ask as long as they were getting gains each year? I doubt it…and that is why I see this video as so effective. There is an underlying truth to it that may apply to us that most of us don’t want to admit…

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3 Responses to Socially Irresponsible Investing

  1. Cliff says:

    There’s actually a mutual fund out there for this type of investing. It’s called the Vice Fund and can be found at It looks like the returns are pretty good for a mutual fund. There’s also a “Blue Fund” for companies with a more socially responsible tilt.
    Personally, I don’t buy into the “Blue Fund” idea. Sure, companies that operate sustainably are much better for the world. But you are investing emotionally if that’s the basis for your investment.

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  3. fin_indie says:

    On the other side, I have a few thoughts on the “responsible” side (as opposed to the irresponsible” side of investing.

    There is something in the motivation behind socially responsible investing that I just have to question. To me, it’s just a way for the large brokerage houses to add yet another specialty product that may perk the ears of a would-be investor and bring them one step closer to depositing their hard earned money. Investments are investments. Making something “socially responsible” tugs at the emotions and emotions really don’t belong in the investment world. Socially responsible investment funds are a SCAM. There, I said it.

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