Central Mississippi is not a Catholic stronghold, but everyone should check out Ave Maria Rising Dividend mutual fund AVEDX. A Morningstar 5-star with excellent risk-return numbers. About 40 holdings, but the top 2 are gold, so the fund is probably best suited for age 45 and below.
matthew25 Ole Miss Fan Member since Jun 2012 3973 posts
re: Catholic-based mutual fund(Posted by matthew25 on 1/10/13 at 10:36 am to MrLSU)
I think the fund is solid. In all, there are more than 90 "socially responsible" mutual funds including an Islamic (Amana Trust - AMANX; a 5-star that will not own companies that collect interest), and Protestant (Timothy Plan - TLVAX; and Thrivent Diversified - AAHYX). The Protestant funds avoid cigarette companies and casinos.
"The Catholic-ethics aspect involves avoiding companies linked to abortion, embryonic stem cell research and pornography. Companies offering nonmarital benefits are avoided if possible, but such benefits aren't considered a deal breaker."
Unless you are dead set against investing in general stocks due to a strong personal conviction that it is unethical, it really doesn't make sense.
The best argument for these types of funds is to say "look, you can do this without sacrificing much at all," rather than "look, here's something that's better than the rest of the market." (By the way, the same general principle would apply with Islamic businessmen in Qatar who want to implement sharia-compliant financing for their startup companies.)
To do that, you would have to make some weird argument about how good corporations that build up solid records of Catholic-supporting ethics will outperform others in the long run, and why you can somehow realize this while other investors can't.
Also, having gold-based investments in this type of fund is a red flag. I haven't looked into the details, but that seems like the sort of thing for which the individual investor would want to make his own diversification decisions.