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How To Invest Your Money Responsibly

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stash Invest for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When we spend our money, we make choices, whether we know it or not. By shopping at certain stores or buying certain products, we are supporting certain ideals or actions that the brand supports. Do you really know where your money is going when you shop?

If you don't know where your money is going when you shop, there's a good chance you're not paying any attention whatsoever when you invest. You're only thinking about the Benjamins.

Where you shop, what you buy and what you invest in play a huge role in anything from how executives are compensated versus human rights, how companies and brands give back to the community or causes that matter, environmental sustainability and more.

The "Do The Right Thing" Investment on Stash can help you invest in companies that are concerned with their social, economic and environmental impact. There are over 100 companies to within the "Do The Right Thing" ETF fund. Rest assured, there are no companies that profit from alcohol sales, tobacco sales, gambling, firearms, pornography or nuclear energy included in this fund.

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 One company that is part of the "Do The Right Thing" (better known as the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF) investment option include is 3M, the brand behind Post-It notes. 3M gives back through cash, products and volunteerism around the world to support community, education and environmental causes. At the time of this posting, there are 104 other companies (holdings) in this fund that made the cut.

The fund is managed by iShares, a division of BlackRock, a highly respected name in the investment industry. With a low expense ratio, management fees, administration costs and marketing costs won't eat into your returns.

Stash also offers several other belief-based investment funds that can be found under the discover tab. Some examples include:
  • Water the World. Companies that supply the critical demand for water as the population grows.
  • Clean and Green. Clean energy companies including providers of solar and wind power.
  • Equality Works. Companies that provide LGBT employees with equal rights and respect.
  • Defending America. Aerospace and defense companies that help the military secure our skies
If you're ready to invest in funds that carefully select their holdings based on how they give back, check out Stash's "Do The Right Thing" fund, as well as the others mentioned above. These companies are carefully selected based on their "ESG" (environmental, social and governance) score so you can rest assured your investment is doing more than just benefiting your pocket.

As of today, the majority of the holdings in Stash accounts are Information Technology companies like Google and IBM. This combined with financial companies such as American Express and healthcare companies makes up over half of the market value of all accounts. The balance consists of industrials, consumer discretionary brands (like Nike and Marriott), consumer staples, materials, utilities and energy. Of course, there is a small percentage in cash, less than 1%.

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  1. such a neat idea. they are coming out with a lot more investment apps that make it much easier to invest, I like how Stash has belief based funds.

  2. This sounds like such a great idea. I have to check it out. In 2016 I definitely want to make smarter money decisions so I can get a lot more accomplished.


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