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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 ...
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
Part I: Getting Started in Social Investing.
Chapter 1: Investing the Socially Responsible Way.
Chapter 2: The Socially Responsible Enterprise: Understanding and Monitoring Performance.
Chapter 3: Understanding Why Institutions Invest the Way They Do.
Chapter 4: How to Research Responsible Investments.
Chapter 5: Lights, Research, Action! Using Your Research to Infl uence Your Investments.
Part II: Issues to Invest In.
Chapter 6: Close to Home: Supporting Community Development.
Chapter 7: Scrutinizing Governance: How Is the Company Run?
Chapter 8: Evaluating Environmental Investing.
Chapter 9: The World around Us: Following International Affairs.
Chapter 10: Keeping Your Faith: Investing with Religious Beliefs.
Chapter 11: Social Change and the Responsible Corporation.
Part III: Putting Your Socially Responsible Choices into Action.
Chapter 12: Buying and Selling Responsible Stocks and Bonds.
Chapter 13: Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs).
Chapter 14: Banking on Social Responsibility (and Insuring It, Too).
Chapter 15: The Responsible Side of Real Estate.
Chapter 16: Getting into High Finance: Private Partnerships.
Chapter 17: Making a Difference with Microfinance.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Social and Activist Investors.
Chapter 19: Ten Investment Traps and How to Avoid Them.
Chapter 20: Ten Socially Responsible Investing Success Stories.