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Good Returns: Making Money by Morally Responsible Investing Hardcover – March 12, 2010
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This book is well written, easy to read, and easy to understand. I enjoyed it. However, I was also frustrated because the concept and practice of Morally Responsible Investing... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by RD
When most of us invest in a 401K or mutual fund we really don't know where the money is going and most of the time we simply don't care as long as the return is acceptable. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by R. Scott Lorenz
I must admit, when it comes to investing, I've never considered looking into anything beyond the success rate of a particular fund or stock. Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by L. M. Sedmina
In this book, Schwarz explains how some companies take advantage of people by selling them annuity products that generate high commissions for brokers. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Afia
In 1931 Pope Pius XI expressed the "vital connection between economics and morality in" his encyclical, "Quadragesimo Anno. Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Deb
I'm researching socially responsible investing (SRI) and its estranged sibling morally responsible investing (MRI). Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by Mark LaPointe
I don't have a lot of money, but the little bit I do invest is precious to me. I want to see it invested wisely. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Garth
George Schwartz starts off by giving readers an explanation of what it means to be an investor. It's not just about making money. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by A. Jennings