Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

If you’re the kind of investor who likes to worry, then October has given you plenty of stimulus.  After this week’s declines in the popular S&P 500 index, the index has lost 8.8% in this month alone, wiping out all the gains that we’ve enjoyed this year, putting the index in negative territory.  The once-soaring Nasdaq Composite Index of technology companies tumbled 4.4% on a single day this week.  It’s time again to remind ourselves of some tried and true investment wisdom.

Is Capitalism Killing Us?

Is Capitalism Killing Us?

Capitalism, succinctly described, is characterized by the singular drive of corporations, entrepreneurs, and all business entities to maximize short-term income. When business seeks to maximize short-term income as its primary goal, societal wealth grows, but other bad things happen too….. This isn’t theory. It is happening right now, right here in the U.S. and everywhere, all of it.

Leading the SRI Community - First Affirmative Financial Network Acts to Reduce Gun Violence by Setting New Standards for Gun Retailers, Banks & Credit Card Companies

Leading the SRI Community - First Affirmative Financial Network Acts to Reduce Gun Violence by Setting New Standards for Gun Retailers, Banks & Credit Card Companies

“Our communities are experiencing unprecedented levels of gun violence. Enough is enough. First Affirmative will continue to avoid investment products that hold positions in firearm manufacturers, and has added screens to avoid retailers that do not meet high standards of care in the sale of these products,” said George Gay, CEO of First Affirmative

Retirement Confidence Improves for Workers, Declines for Retirees in Critical Areas

Retirement Confidence Improves for Workers, Declines for Retirees in Critical Areas

In its 28th annual Retirement Confidence Survey, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) discovered that 64% of today's workers feel very or somewhat confident in having enough money to retire comfortably, up from 60% in 2017. And although far more retirees are very confident in their retirement prospects than workers, retiree confidence in their ability to meet basic expenses and medical expenses dropped from the previous year. Moreover, both workers and retirees question the role Social Security will play in future retiree income.

Self-Driving Cars and SRI

Self-Driving Cars and SRI

SRI investors like electric cars for obvious environmental reasons. Many have flocked to Tesla*, for example, despite some of its current cash flow statistics that might frighten some more conservative non-SRI investors. These Tesla fans might well be motivated by the company’s electric car models, but their investments are also supporting another fast-developing, and proliferating, technology – namely cars that drive themselves.