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I'm not sure if this information will be of much help, as I haven't looked into these options myself yet. I just recently bought myself a book for Christmas called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGreen-Living-Magazine-Handbook-Lightly%2Fdp%2F0452285747%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1168299478%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F104-8199858-8277550%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks" target="_blank">Green Living</a>. There is an entire chapter devoted to socially responsible, "green" investing.<br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">These mutual funds make environmental concerns a priority:<br><br><br><br><b>Winslow Green Growth Fund<br><br><br><br>
The Green Century Balanced Fund<br><br><br><br>
The New Alternatives Fund</b><br></div>
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There are paragraph descriptions of each in the book. Perhaps you could check them out online. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">The "category killer" website for socially responsible investing is SRI World (sriworld.com), which is the parent company of the better known socialfunds.com.</div>
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It says there are more than 10,000 pages of articles related to social investing at SRI World.<br><br><br><br>
Some other sites the book recommends to check out are <a href="http://www.socialinvest.org" target="_blank">www.socialinvest.org</a>, <a href="http://www.domini.com" target="_blank">www.domini.com</a>, <a href="http://www.calvergroup.com" target="_blank">www.calvergroup.com</a>, <a href="http://www.citizensfunds.com" target="_blank">www.citizensfunds.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.greenmoneyjournal.com" target="_blank">www.greenmoneyjournal.com</a>, <a href="http://www.business-ethics.com" target="_blank">www.business-ethics.com</a>.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: Some additonal funds they recommend in the resource section:<br><br>
Neuberger Berman Mutual Funds<br><br>
Parnassus Investments<br><br>
PAX World Fund<br><br>
Portfolio 21<br><br>
Sierra Club Mutual Funds
 

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There was an article in VegNews Nov/Dec issue that was all about socially conscious investing. The list of mutual funds they listed as socially respnosible included: Calvert Group, Citizens Funds, Domini Social Equity, Dreyfus Corporation, Green Century, New Alternatives Fund, Parnassus Investments, Pax World Funds, and Portfolio 21.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry I don't have any personal experiences with any of these companies to share though. Hope it helps none the less.
 

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Depending on your age and what kind of money you have to invest, there are some non-profits out there who offer "green" annuities that also can offer tax benefits. I can't remember which, right off, but I think Sierra Club is one of them.
 

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If you want to learn about green investing, you can suscribe to a newsletter called The Green Chip Review (check about green chip investing, as "opposed" to the blue chip companies). You can also look with your local bank to see what options they offer in that area, I know a lot of them have some sort "socially responsible" investing these days. If you want to learn about investing, I suggest you look up investopedia.com
 

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Great topic! I love to see vegs using the power of the $$$ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br><br><br>
I just wanted toss an idea for anyone who doesn't mind getting a bit more aggressive. Sure, you can invest in companies that you find socially conscious. But you can also invest <i>against</i> companies that suck. It's called "shorting". In a nutshell, shorting = selling a stock without buying it. It pushes a stock's value down and can effectively wipe out a company (while making you rich).<br><br><br><br>
I like to short the pharmaceutical companies (animal testing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:"> ). My hot stock tip for the day is to short Bauch & Laumb (BOL). They're currently battling a nasty lawsuit which will drag on for months (something about a fungus in their contact lens solution). You can profit from their misery and feel better about yourself because you're doing your part to tear down vivisection. Woohoo.
 

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i invest with pax world. if you go to their website you can get sent information about the types of funds you can buy into.<br><br><br><br>
i think it all depends on what your definition of "good" is. a green company will never really compete with a company which invests without thinking of social issues, primarily because of military funding. that said, it is still much better than just having a savings account, of course.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DeflatorMouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
I just wanted toss an idea for anyone who doesn't mind getting a bit more aggressive. Sure, you can invest in companies that you find socially conscious. But you can also invest <i>against</i> companies that suck. It's called "shorting". In a nutshell, shorting = selling a stock without buying it. It pushes a stock's value down and can effectively wipe out a company (while making you rich).<br></div>
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OMGWTFBBQ<br><br><br><br>
You know you actually do have to buy the shares to cover the short right? You also know that there is 0% chance anyone on this board could affect a company's short ratio or otherwise materially harm a company by short selling its stock right? You also know that short selling has no non-speculative purpose and if you were actually an investment professional you would be negligent in recommending it to people without substancial investment experience right?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>catswym</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
a green company will never really compete with a company which invests without thinking of social issues, primarily because of military funding.</div>
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WFM vs SWY is a prominent example to the contrary.
 

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OMGWTFBBQ<br><br><br><br>
You know you actually do have to buy the shares to cover the short right? You also know that there is 0% chance anyone on this board could affect a company's short ratio or otherwise materially harm a company by short selling its stock right? You also know that short selling has no non-speculative purpose and if you were actually an investment professional you would be negligent in recommending it to people without substancial investment experience right?</div>
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That's why I said it was for more aggressive people, you busengrapscher. Read.
 

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WFM vs SWY is a prominent example to the contrary.</div>
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i guess one could debate the actual "green-ness" of WFM, but i was also thinking less about a single company and more, as a whole your "green" IRA will probably not do as well as a standard IRA, for instance.
 

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That's why I said it was for more aggressive people, you busengrapscher. Read.</div>
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You also said that short selling was selling a stock without buying it. I concluded at that point that you had no clue what you were talking about.
 

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i guess one could debate the actual "green-ness" of WFM, but i was also thinking less about a single company and more, as a whole your "green" IRA will probably not do as well as a standard IRA, for instance.</div>
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I think I misread your post. Most of the socially sound funds are full of companies that make WFM look like ghandi anyway. Social funds tend to underperform their target indexes, but then so do all funds on balance. You'll probably make money over time in one of these and you would probably make more if you bought a cheap index fund.
 

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Great topic! I love to see vegs using the power of the $$$ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br><br><br>
I just wanted toss an idea for anyone who doesn't mind getting a bit more aggressive. Sure, you can invest in companies that you find socially conscious. But you can also invest <i>against</i> companies that suck. It's called "shorting". In a nutshell, shorting = selling a stock without buying it. It pushes a stock's value down and can effectively wipe out a company (while making you rich).<br><br><br><br>
I like to short the pharmaceutical companies (animal testing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:"> ). My hot stock tip for the day is to short Bauch & Laumb (BOL). They're currently battling a nasty lawsuit which will drag on for months (something about a fungus in their contact lens solution). You can profit from their misery and feel better about yourself because you're doing your part to tear down vivisection. Woohoo.</div>
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I'll tell you what. Lets pretend you sold a share of BOL short today. You come back to this thread and tell us when you want to cover the short. We'll use the short interest ratio published on wsj.com that day to determine how many days you would need to cover your position (currently 5). I'll give you a gift and assume that you can do this all for free (ie you sale the share today and buy it back X days after you post here where X is the short interest ratio on the day of your post, the difference in the two prices is your profit).
 

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Great topic! I love to see vegs using the power of the $$$ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"><br><br><br><br>
I just wanted toss an idea for anyone who doesn't mind getting a bit more aggressive. Sure, you can invest in companies that you find socially conscious. But you can also invest <i>against</i> companies that suck. It's called "shorting". In a nutshell, shorting = selling a stock without buying it. It pushes a stock's value down and can effectively wipe out a company (while making you rich).<br><br><br><br>
I like to short the pharmaceutical companies (animal testing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:"> ). My hot stock tip for the day is to short Bauch & Laumb (BOL). They're currently battling a nasty lawsuit which will drag on for months (something about a fungus in their contact lens solution). You can profit from their misery and feel better about yourself because you're doing your part to tear down vivisection. Woohoo.</div>
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I'll tell you what. Lets pretend you sold a share of BOL short today. You come back to this thread and tell us when you want to cover the short. We'll use the short interest ratio published on wsj.com that day to determine how many days you would need to cover your position (currently 5). I'll give you a gift and assume that you can do this all for free (ie you sale the share today and buy it back X days after you post here where X is the short interest ratio on the day of your post, the difference in the two prices is your profit).
 

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Remmy, you're babbling again. Just check out what BOL stock did yesterday. Down. Anyone who shorted at the open and covered at the close made some $$.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not going to get into the specifics of trading because, like you said, this is a dangerous topic to talk about with unseasoned investors. But if there are any people out there familiar with short selling, writing calls, or complex spreads, I'd love to discuss the topic. Don't just come here to pick a fight like our confused pal Remmy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/kiss2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":trick:">
 

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I think I misread your post. Most of the socially sound funds are full of companies that make WFM look like ghandi anyway.</div>
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i agree whole heartedly.
 

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Remmy, you're babbling again. Just check out what BOL stock did yesterday. Down. Anyone who shorted at the open and covered at the close made some $$.<br></div>
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No they didn't, the volume would have to be huge to cover the fees in which case they could not have covered the sale in one day. I do see that you now know that the sale has to be covered at some point, kudos.
 

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Man, y'alls is smort.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
This is one thing I'm concerned about, but have no idea where to start & I keep procrastinating because of it.
 

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Remmy, wtf is your intent?<br><br><br><br>
A) To discuss the merits, pitfalls and strategies of short-investing.<br><br>
B) To be an arse.<br><br><br><br>
PS Check out BOL today. Another downer. Another moneymaker for anyone who listened to the D-Mouse.
 
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