Smith & Jones-Casey Team Blog Posts

In Support of the Climate Necessity Defense

One year ago, in January 2018, three citizens locked themselves to the front entrance of a downtown Wells Fargo bank branch in the city where I live and work, Duluth, MN. The protesters prevented business from being conducted at the branch for three hours. The reason for their actions were simple and well-articulated: they were protesting Wells Fargo Bank’s financing of Enbridge Corporation Line 3, an oil pipeline that runs 1,097 miles from the tar sands of Edmonton, Alberta, to the Enbridge o... CONTINUE READING

Get Your Microplastics Out of My Beer!

The community I call home, Duluth, MN, happens to be perched on a steep hillside that runs down to the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. There’s hardly a place in town where you can’t turn around and see the lake stretching out across the horizon. With such an expansive geographical feature nearby, it’s not surprising that people who live here share a special affinity for the lake, borne out in the names of local businesses (Lake Superior Brewing Company, Lake Su... CONTINUE READING

Your Money: Smart Strategy and Positive Impact

“I want my money to have a positive impact in the world but my dad (uncle, mom, broker) said that was a stupid idea. Is it?”That depends. If what you mean by “a positive impact in the world” is that your broker simply screens out investments in certain companies or industries, well, sorry, yes, that on its own might be a bad idea. That approach could damage a portfolio.If you’re serious about getting your money to make a real difference for people and the planet by investing in all kinds... CONTINUE READING
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Standing Up for Standing Rock

How Socially Responsible Investors Supported the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests The Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) starts in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota and runs nearly 1,200 miles to its terminus in Illinois, where it connects to additional pipeline infrastructure that carries the oil to refineries as far south as Texas. Along the way it crosses hundreds of streams, rivers, and other waterways, including the Missouri River less than a half-mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux T... CONTINUE READING

Retirement Planning: How We Live, as well as How Much We Need

Sufficient savings, diligent budgeting, and smart financial planning are of course crucial for a comfortable retirement. Adequate income and assets are essential for the basics— food, shelter, and healthcare—and to maintain one’s lifestyle. However, money is by no means the only important consideration in retirement.During a recent conversation with a retired couple we serve, they shared how their community organizes an abundance of volunteer activities that offer opportunities to facilitate... CONTINUE READING

Globally, Sustainable Investment Strategies Winning Popular Vote

On March 27, 2017, the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) released its biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review 2016, showing that global sustainable investment assets reached $22.89 trillion at the start of 2016, a 25% increase from 2014.Socially responsible investment (SRI) continues to grow as a favored set of investment strategies:Europe accounts for 53% of these assets, the United States at 38%. In nearly every market represented in the report, sustainable inves... CONTINUE READING

Hey, get that oily mess out of my money!

This article is highlighted as part of the 100th issue special, celebrating twenty-five years of quarterly newsletters.Natural Investments has offered fossil-fuel-free portfolios for over a decade. With renewable energy hitting a tipping point and climate change concerns gripping the world, we are proud to have been one of the earliest voices advocating for fossil-fuel divestment.A rapidly increasing segment of the investment world is coming to the realization that not only is carbon pol... CONTINUE READING