For over a decade, LORAN GRAHAM Co. has specialized in the growing area of Faith-Based Investing. Faith-Based Investing provides an opportunity to align investment choices to biblical values. As Christians, we strive to honor God in our relationships and how we love our neighbor. We also strive to honor God in how we spend money, give, and pay down debt (our cash outflows). Faith-Based Investing extends this same heart of worship to a third area – how we earn and invest money (cash inflows).
This concept is approached in a spirit of love and compassion, seeking out investments that contribute to human flourishing and make a positive impact in the world. At the same time, we seek to avoid companies whose products cause physical harm to others, or prey on the weaknesses and addictions of others. Faith-Based Investing is not a legalistic obligation, but rather an opportunity to make investment choices part of our vital act of daily worship.
It is a love-your-neighbor approach to investing, thinking about how publicly traded companies impact consumers and communities around the world. It is also not a perfect process, just as our efforts to honor God in relationships and spending can sometimes be messy. But it is worthwhile, because of the love He first showed us in accordance with the gospel of grace.
The process has evolved over the years, also known as Morally Responsible Investing, Biblically Responsible Investing, and more recently, Faith-Driven Investing. As billions continue to flow toward socially responsible investing and ESG, our faith-based investing model strategies provide an opportunity for Christian investors to align investment choices to their faith values in pursuit of long-term goals.
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"Faith Driven Investing (FDI) has certain risks based on the fact that the criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for non-financial reasons and, therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller."