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What You Should Know about ESG Investing

  July 26, 2022  |    #Live Fabulously

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Learn how to customize your investments based on your values

So, you want to invest in the stock market. But you want to avoid investing in companies that harm the environment, violate workers’ rights or put people at risk. You know, things like firearms and tobacco. The solution is to invest in environmental, social and governance or ESG funds.

Certified Financial Planner Laura LaTourette is the Founder of Family Wealth Management, a financial planning and wealth management firm working to empower clients to live an authentic life and leave a legacy of love. Known on social media as ‘that lesbian financial planner,’ Laura is an expert in the realm of socially conscious investing and ESG funds.

On this episode of Queer Money®, Laura joins us to describe what it means to be a socially responsible investor and how a company qualifies to be included in an ESG fund. Laura explains why you don’t have to sacrifice returns to invest in an ESG portfolio and explores the best resources for choosing an ESG that aligns with your values.

Listen in for Laura’s vision of a rainbow network that keeps money in the LGBTQ community and learn how to customize your investments based on what’s important to you!

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Topics covered on ESG investing

  • What it means to be a socially responsible investor and why it’s gaining popularity
  • How a company qualifies to be included in an ESG portfolio
  • Why you don’t have to sacrifice returns to invest in environmental, social and governance funds
  • Some of the reasons why a company might be removed from an ESG fund
  • How to customize your investments based on your values
  • Why some financial advisors are hesitant to adopt ESGs for their clients
  • The pressure on companies to live up to ESG standards
  • What ESG funds do to filter out rainbow-washing, wish cycling and turning a blind eye to workers’ rights
  • The best resources for choosing an ESG specific to your values
  • The movement to invest in small- and medium-sized companies or B Corps 
  • Why so many LGBTQ-focused funds haven’t been successful
  • Laura’s aim to build a rainbow network that keeps money in the LGBTQ community
  • The challenge of finding an LGBTQ financial planner/advocate for our community
“I don't need any more allies. I don't need any more friends. I need some advocates out there pushing for conversations and making sure that the LGBTQ community is not only are at the table, but we also have a voice.” - Laura LaTouretteClick To Tweet

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We’re David and John Auten-Schneider, the Debt Free Guys and hosts of the Queer Money® podcast. We help queer people (and allies) live fabulously not fabulously broke by helping them 1) pay off credit card debt, 2) become part- or full-time entrepreneurs, and 3) save and invest for retirement.

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