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I Hate to Say I Told You So…

Actually, I am glad I told you so and apparently the mighty Barclays agrees with me. It seems that investing responsibly, picking well-run companies who apply more than just the bottom line profit principle actually makes investors more money. Shock horror for mainstream investors.

The term mainstream investment is rather a polite and ‘establishment’ way of describing investment in weapons, child labour, pornography, climate damage, animal exploitation etc. This is the reality of the way most money is invested and if you haven’t deliberately chosen to invest ethically or responsibly, then you are part of the problem, not the solution.

Now, following Barclays’ revelation that investing responsibly is better for your wallet, it makes even less sense for anyone with a jot of compassion for people, our planet or animals to leave their money in mainstream funds.

Don’t delay, switch today; move your money to an ethical option and let your head and your heart work together for you better financial future for you and a better world for everyone.

Barclays finds sustainable investing leads to higher profits

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Are we really such a clever species?

Now, I am the first to admit that I need to lose a little weight. I admit I don’t have a degree in health and nutrition. I might even be accused of being rather naive and a bit stupid for even thinking this but perhaps, maybe, possibly, if I ate less and exercised more I might begin to lose some of the excess weight.

“Crazy man” I hear you say!

are we clever

Maybe those better qualified and educated than me, when they stop laughing at my silliness, will postulate and formulate all sorts of theories and suggestions about the effects of someone like me not cutting my calorie intake and not exercising as much as I should. Perhaps they’ll rush to the laboratory and put together a highly sophisticated peer-reviewed study into what happens when people eat too much and don’t exercise.

This is where I start to get lost – intellectually and morally; I don’t understand the science they are using and I really, really don’t understand why we, as a species, feel we have the right to abuse and exploit another species for our the own ends. What possible right or justification can there be for inflicting suffering on animals to find out the effects of something that is more than a little obvious.

NOT IN MY NAME – I don’t want researchers exploiting animals to undertake research into an area that I myself have far better control over. Like I said before, I know that if I eat less and exercise more I will lose weight, and I don’t need animals to suffer to produce a scientific paper to tell me that I will be overweight if I eat too much and don’t exercise.

If you wonder what on earth I am ranting about, have a look at this article.  Prepare to be cross.

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Am I missing something?

Unless you are buying shares yourself, it is most likely that you’ll be holding shares via a Managed Fund or your Super. The Managers who run these funds select the stocks which, in their opinion, offer the best opportunity to produce the highest long term returns. The Managers analyse the activities and profitability of companies to help them with their decision making.

What is interesting is when the same Managers either continue to hold fossil fuel companies or buy more shares in these businesses. Did they not hear about the Paris agreement in 2015 (COP21)? Do they not see what is going on all over the world with so many other managers offloading fossil fuel companies?

We all know that investing in shares is a form of gambling, so it seems to me that any fund manager who still holds or buys fossil fuel companies is either taking a very short-term punt or they are making a very conscious decision to bet against the Paris agreement and hope that climate change isn’t real. That’s a rather major bet given the overwhelming evidence supporting the man-made negative influence on climate change.

From my point of view, one way of looking at these fund managers is that they are in that strange, small, weird cult of climate change deniers. They must be climate change deniers because if they are not the only other explanation is that they are playing fast and loose with peoples’ money and, as such, should be removed and find another job elsewhere. Do you want someone managing your money who is just making bad calls and gambling? Surely you want someone who understands what they are doing, understands the companies they are buying and has a good understanding of how the real world is changing.

I’d hope that if you are reading this you would be investing ethically and your money won’t be in fossil fuel companies anyway, but if you do have money in mainstream funds you should be worried if your money is being managed by someone who isn’t fit for the job.

When the Fund Managers buy or continue to hold Fossil Fuel stocks, they are in effect betting against Paris COP21. They are making a conscious decision that the Paris agreement will fail and that climate change doesn’t exist. So, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, the majority of Fund Managerss are active climate change deniers. If they weren’t, then they couldn’t hold any Fossil Fuel stocks.

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We’re killing ourselves and big business is on hand to help as much as they can

So, let’s run this through the “try to explain this to a visiting alien” test. Animals reared in intensive conditions, for some humans to eat cheaply, are unhealthy and need to be pumped with chemicals to keep them alive long enough to be killed. Once killed they are eaten, with the humans consuming animal flesh and chemicals. The chemicals, once inside the humans, have the effect of making humans much weaker and unable to fight infections.

So, the aliens think, “Why would these humans create terrible conditions for animals so that they have to be kept alive with chemicals that will harm humans?” It makes no sense. No sensible, intelligent society in their right mind would do such a thing. Would they?

killing ourselves

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What a combo – Superfunds building money for retirement whilst destroying the future

If you are in a conventional Aussie Superfund (i.e. not an ethical or responsibly invested one) then whilst your money is building for your retirement it is also destroying your future. Don’t take my word for it, just see what the Regulator of Superfunds has to say in this article.

AAP Image:Dean Lewins, File

AAP Image/Dean Lewins, File

Assuming you aren’t one of the climate change deniers, you should be very very concerned that your Superfund is investing in companies linked to climate change. As the outlook for climate changes worsens, what is the point in you letting your money be used to finance this planet-destroying activity when it could be invested in a Superfund that is trying to deliver a better future?

If you are not already a member of a Superfund such as Cruelty Free Super then take action now to get out of your existing fund and do yourself, people, our planet and animals a favour.

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