Next logical step in 'socially responsible investing'
Investors empowered to shut down the business of terrorism
dave By DAVID BRADSHAW
Editor, Real Money Perspectives
April 2014

Introduction

dirty As we approach the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, what better way to support the ongoing war on terror than by making sure none of your investment dollars are supporting terror-sponsoring countries or corporations? Here's how ...

"The surprise since 9-11 is that more money has not flowed into terror-free investing considering that 'socially responsible' and 'green' funds have prospered in recent years... it is a nonviolent way for Americans to confront terrorism and maybe even profit from the fight," reported TIME on 5/1/08.

Today, nearly one of every nine dollars under professional management in the United States is involved in socially responsible investing (SRI) -- 11 percent of the $25.1 trillion in total assets under management, according to socialinvest.org.

Socially responsible investing in the U.S surged 18% from 2005 to 2007, out pacing the major U.S. stock indexes, because it encompasses both liberal and conservative ethically-based causes.

Some investors support corporations or funds with an emphasis on concern for the environment or consumer protection, while others seek to avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons, the military or abortion.

"Socially responsible investing is growing up. For many years, individuals who wanted to invest with their consciences had limited options, and many resigned themselves to making smaller returns in exchange for putting their money where their values were. But in recent years, building a well-balanced, profitable portfolio using a socially responsible investing strategy has gotten easier," stated WSJ on 4/11/08.

Calculating the next step

A recent poll of Americans found that 86% of respondents do not wish to invest in companies that do business in, or with, terror-sponsoring states such as Iran, Syria, Sudan or North Korea.

The most exciting addition to SRI options is an entire suite of pre-screened Terror-Free investing options for both institutions and individuals. At the forefront is the new “Terror-Free Index” introduced March 26, 2008 by FTSE, The Index Company and Conflict Securities Advisory Group, (CSAG); the preeminent research provider specializing in Terror-Free investment screening and certification services.

CSAG and Overlap Inc. have created a new “Terror-Free Investing” to empower investors to determine whether any of their investments are in countries that sponsor terror and provide the information to find “Certified Terror-Free” mutual funds.

As Roger Robinson, CEO of CSAG explained to radio talk show host Dr. Michael Savage, “This is also the first time individual investors have been empowered to join the war on terror by voting with their money that they're not going to invest in companies doing business in terrorist-sponsoring states". Listen to 4:30 clip

Dr. Savage introduced the concept of divesting terrorism to his audience in July 2005 with "Operation Divest Terror" sponsored by Swiss America Trading Corporation which made use of CSAG’s research and expertise.

"Over 400 U.S. and foreign companies are presently doing business in terrorist sponsoring states representing trillions of dollars. By refusing to invest in these companies, Americans can send a powerful message: 'If you underwrite governments that sponsor terrorism, you'll lose billions of U.S. investment dollars,'" said Dr. Savage.

Follow the industry leaders

uncle In December 2006, The Wall Street Journal acknowledged Swiss America as the first U.S. corporation to offer employees a “certified terror-free” pension fund option.

“Swiss America is a proud sponsor of terrorfreecalculator.com which is committed to propelling this vital message out to millions of concerned investors,” said Swiss America CEO Craig R. Smith.

For the last quarter century Swiss America has advised clients to diversify at least a small portion of their assets into U.S. gold and silver coins for three reasons: safety, privacy, and profit potential. And since 2005, we have added a fourth reason: social responsibility.

"For ethically minded gold investors: Buy gold coins minted perhaps 50 or more years ago. The metal is just as valuable as any gold mined today, he says, and the premium paid for an aged coin can be recouped (at least in large measure) from another buyer down the line," said Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital to Christian Science Monitor on 3-24-08.

All gold is not created equal. Historic United States gold and silver coins not only offer the benefits of bullion and other forms of gold investment, but also have many unique features such as; privacy, U.S. historical significance and appeal to all ages and economic strata.

Gold becoming the new green

Gold prices have risen sixfold since 2001. Investors worldwide are rediscovering that gold is the ultimate form of money and king of all currencies, including the U.S. dollar. Gold is referred to as the “anti-dollar” because it rises as the dollar falls.

Gold is the purest form of terror-free investing. Why? Since the dawn of creation, gold has been held in high esteem as a store of value and a universal monetary substance in all civilizations. Gold is one of the few common values that has united mankind throughout the millennia, transcending race, religion and geography.

9-11-01 was a wake up call for America. Terrorists targeted the jugular vein of the financial capital of the world, knowing that collapsing the World Trade Center would also lock-up the global economy. And so it did, for about a week. Since then owning gold has shifted from being “a barbaric relic of yesterday’s investment era” to becoming the best performing asset of the 21st century.

"The handwriting is on the wall. If your money is invested in stocks or mutual funds linked with doing business in terror-sponsoring states, expect the worst. Smart money is noticing huge public support for cutting off terrorist funding. And money, as they say, follows smart ideas," says Mr. Smith.

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