Socially Responsible Investing For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2009 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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Generate a good return as well as goodwill with this guide to ethical investments

Want to make money while you make a difference in the world? Socially Responsible Investing For Dummies, a 2010 Green Book Festival award winner, is as practical, hands-on guide to smart social investing that shows you how to maximize your profits while remaining true to your values. You get expert advice in targeting an issue you're passionate about, researching potential investments, and putting your socially responsible choices into action.

  • Get started with social investing basics — understand what it is, why it works, and how investors define social responsibility

  • Navigate the socially responsible enterprise — discover the business principles that help ethical organizations thrive

  • Conduct your research — determine whether an investment has financial potential and also serves your personal needs

  • Evaluate your investment choices — from stocks and bonds to mutual funds and ETFs to real estate and high finance, select the best investments and adjust your portfolio over time

  • Get help from the pros — find brokers, financial planners, and mutual fund companies that can help you with your decisions

  • Ensure your success — see how to diversify, monitor your investments, join forces with others, vote your proxies, keep your perspective, and more

  • Keep up with investment trends — discover how to take advantage of new investment products and stay on top of industry changes

  • Recognize truly socially responsible investments — understand how to tell socially responsible investment opportunities from "feel good" opportunities

In Socially Responsible Investing For Dummies you will find:

  • A clear introduction to social investing

  • Issues to invest in, from environmental to international

  • The different types of investments

  • How to buy and sell

  • Fiduciary responsibilities for the social investor

  • How to use your investment clout to influence a company's performance

  • Ten social investing traps you must avoid

  • Activist investing success stories


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About This Book
Getting Started in Social Investing
Hugging those trees Investing internationally and socially Reminders from religion Choosing Monitoring and Influencing Your Investments
The Socially Responsible Enterprise Understanding and Monitoring Performance
Understanding Why Institutions Invest the Way They
Tools for Institutions witha Social Mission
How to Research Responsible Investments
Close to Home Supporting Community Development
Putting Your Socially Responsible Choices into Action
Where U S bonds trade
Tax considerations
Banking onSocial Responsibility and Insuring It Too
CanItBe Done Responsibly? Chapter 15 The Responsible Side of Real Estate
Getting into High Finance Private Partnerships
Funds offunds Traps and Pitfalls of Investing inHigh Finance
Making a Difference with Microfinance

Taking Care of Shareholdersand OtherConstituents Making informationavailable
Guidance Standards
Taking a Closer Look atPollution
The World around Us Following International Affairs
Religion and Socially ResponsibleInvesting Bringing Your Faith orSomeone Elses Faith to the Investment Table
Running a Business to Get its Relationships Right
The Part of Tens
Ten InvestmentTraps and How to Avoid Them
South African Divestment
Resources for Socially Responsible Investors

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About the author (2009)

Ann C. Logue, MBA, has twelve years of working experience in financial services and has taught business administration at the University of Illinois. She is a finance writer who has written numerous articles on investment and has edited publications on equity trading and risk management.

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