Ensure Money Doesn’t Contradict Social Values

Smokestacks from a wartime production plant (Photo credit: Wikipedia). REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoWhat has your money been up to lately? Spending time lining the pockets of CEOs whose business practices you find virulent, or maybe helping to pay for the marketing of products you consider dangerous or unsustainable? Or perhaps it?s on another continent, vacationing with a violent regime.? If pressed, could you say what in the world your money is supporting?

Anyone who pays into a retirement fund, invests in the stock market, or holds a bank account has a role, however slight, in shaping our financial system? though most people can say more about what?s wrong with that system than they can about their specific role in it. The real-world impacts of our own investing and banking decisions often seem so abstract that we can convince ourselves we?re not really connected to them at all, removing any urgent need to change our financial practices?or even to understand what we might be able to change, if we cared to.

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