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    1. If you were going to start investing more ethically, how would you go about it?

      Over the past few years, I've become increasingly uncomfortable with continuing to invest in broad market index funds, given the bulk of my money is being invested in industries or companies that...

      Over the past few years, I've become increasingly uncomfortable with continuing to invest in broad market index funds, given the bulk of my money is being invested in industries or companies that actively go against my moral beliefs, e.g. Facebook, Wal-Mart, fossil fuel companies, etc. There are "ethical" index funds, but I've had a hard time finding ones that are broad and fit my beliefs (e.g. Vanguard's ESG funds exclude nuclear energy), but there are ones that are close, so maybe this is a good option. I also could invest in specific companies that fit my goals, but my pool of money is small enough that that would be pretty risky.

      Of course, the caveat of all participation in the stock market is some shade of unethical applies and that my individual choice would be drastically overstated if compared even with a drop in a bucket, but if my goal is to minimize my harm while still growing my savings at a rate slightly above buying bonds, what would you do? Assuming that becoming a landlord is also off the table. Are there ethical investment options you like or participate in? How have you navigated this with regards to your own personal philosophy?

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