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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: The Barnabas Agency (March 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984404201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984404209
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book about the history and operations of the Ave Maria Mutual Funds has many lessons. Among them is that faith-based investing from a Catholic perspective can produce good results.”  —Larry Kudlow, host, CNBC's The Kudlow Report



“Schwartz reminds investors that even the smallest shareholder is an owner of the corporation and therefore accountable for the moral suitability of its products, services, and policies.”  —Honorable James L. Ryan, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit



“George Schwartz of the Ave Maria Mutual Funds shows how you can take a stand for life by investing in a way that is financially successful and morally responsible.”  —Phyllis Shafly, president and founder, Eagle Forum



“An enlightening primer on investing from an orthodox Catholic perspective.”  —Father Frank Pavone, national director, Priests for Life

About the Author

George P. Schwartz, CFA, is the founder, president, and CEO of Schwartz Investment Council, Inc. He lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. William J. Koshelnyk is the former director of communications for the Ave Maria Foundation. He lives in Hillsdale, Michigan. Lou Holtz is the former coach of the Notre Dame football team, current ESPN analyst, and member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He lives in Edina, Minnesota.

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This book is well written, easy to read, and easy to understand.
RD
Good Returns has helped me separate out the difference between socially responsible and morally responsible investing.
Garth
This book has many good lessons about investing in general and morally responsible investing, specifically.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
George P. Schwartz has essentially written a memoir complete with copious photographs of family and friends that have made his AVE MARIA MUTUAL FUNDS successful. While there is some very sound advice monetarily in this book, the emphasis is on 'morally sound investing' and by the end of the book that translates into sound Catholic Church backed mutual funds. There are many people out there who fear investment because of all the many scams attached. If the reader looking for investment advice wants to feel safe in where they place their money, then this book is probably as safe as they come. For the general investor or casual reader GOOD RETURNS comes off a bit heavy handed on the push for Ave Maria Mutual Funds. It even comes with an attached DVD about that resource! Grady Harp, December 10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R on March 23, 2010
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This book has many good lessons about investing in general and morally responsible investing, specifically. It explains the differences between the more popular notion of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and Morally Responsible Investing (MRI). With the help of Tom Monaghan and the deceased Bowie Kuhn, the author (George Schwartz) established first mutual fund in the Ave Maria Mutual Funds in early 2001. This book describes the formation and growth in the family of funds over the last nearly 10 years. It also tackles the political and economic policies of the period and is not complimentary of the current administration. Conservatives (politically and religiously) will enjoy this book and agree with many of the author's positions. Others will find it fascinating that a group of mutual funds can demonstrate such success while following some unconventional screening processes. The Ave Maria Mutual Funds are unique in the fact that they screen out abortion and pornography. I don't know of any other funds that choose to screen out companies of this nature. The book is very informative and easy-to-read. I highly recommend to anyone that wants to learn more about investing, especially if conservative, pro-life principles are important to you, too.

Foreward by Lou Holtz and endorsements from Laura Ingraham, Larry Kudlow, Phyllis Schlafly, Fr. Frank Pavone and Judge James Ryan - an impressive list to say the least. This book should be read by all people interested in learning more about investing in accordance with your morals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emory Daniels VINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Luke 12:48 Jesus cautions that more will be asked and expected of those who have been entrusted with much. As Christians Jesus calls upon us to act and those who have the means to make a difference must act.

And when we choose to be morally responsible stewards of what God has entrusted us with than we build our financial house upon the rock rather than on shifting sand. If faith has no place in making our investments than where in our lives does faith belong?

I believe it is important for investors to put their money into companies that share their values and withdraw their funds from companies engaged in activities that are morally objectionable. I also believe that most investors are more interested in profit and financial return and do precious little research into what the companies in their mutual funds or 401ks are engaged in.

Because many don't research the values of companies they invest in I am sure many Christians would be shocked to learn that some of the funds they invest in supports activities they find morally objectionable. That's the warning given in Good Returns: Making Money by Morally Responsible Investing by George P. Schwartz, a chartered investment counselor and Certified Financial Advisor. The author's investment firm manages the Ava Maria Mutual Funds, the largest family of Catholic funds in America with more than 25,000 investors.

By employing morally responsible investing principles I can make sure that the money I invest supports businesses that stay true to, or at least don't violate, the teachings of Christianity. As a stock holder I am part owner of that company and as an owner I must do enough research to make sure that I am not supporting or agreeing to activities that are morally abhorrent to me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. E. Salapatek on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Making money is a talent, and those blessed with talents are expected to use them. George Schwartz not only has a talent for making money, he does it in a way consistent with Christian values.

Mr. Schwartz supports Morally Responsible Investing (MRI). The book Good Returns explains the MRI policies of the Ave Maria Mutual Funds which were developed by Mr. Schwartz. It compares MRI vs the other priorities being promoted in today's marketplace and political area. Mr. Schwartz describes the the frustrations of his ongoing fight to represent Christian values in an increasingly secular culture, but he makes it perfectly clear it is a fight he intends to win.

If you are tired of the focused greed of Wall Street, this book should give you hope. There ARE morally responsible ways of making money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara M on March 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Admittedly, when I sat down to read "Good Returns" by George P. Schwartz with William J. Koshelnyk, I was a little skeptical as to whether or not I would enjoy reading it. First, I'm not the most religious person in the world and I have a pretty liberal worldview so I was nervous that I would not particularly relate to the strong Christian, particularly Catholic-themed book. Second, I've never been very good at anything involving finance, especially investing. There is something about hearing the word "stock" that tends to make my mind turn off instantaneously. In the end, however, these two reasons for my trepidation in opening the book, turned out to increase my enjoyment of it. While some of religious messages and political undertones are not necessarily representative of my personal views or beliefs, "Good Returns" focuses on simple investing advice from an interesting perspective with an over-arching goal of increasing morality for both the individual investor and the market as a whole.
The advice given by Schwartz and Koshelnyk aims to impart the knowledge of how to make smart, successful investment choices that one can feel good about. In a chapter entitled: "Money, Mind & Faith" Schwartz and Koshelnyk discourage an investor from becoming swept up by impulses in a market craze. Rather than jumping on board with the latest unpredictable market trend the authors advise that staying on the beaten path, sticking to safe investments is often a better, and surely more certain path toward positive returns on an investment. Making sound decisions based on a full knowledge of the company and their practices, all informed by faith, is what the authors argue is key. An investor should be certain that they know everything they want to know before making a decision to invest.
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