A Different Look at Socially Responsible Investing

by Scott Sery on March 8, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Century Investments for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When you’re saving for retirement, you likely won’t be able to get there unless you invest your money. That’s finance 101. But as many people dive deeper into the world of investing, they realize there are so many different companies in which they can invest, that they want to make sure their money is doing the most good. They invest in those companies that are furthering green energy and environmental protection. They skip the investments in vice stocks (tobacco, alcohol, and gambling) even though those often perform well in periods of down markets. By picking and choosing their investments, they  make sure  their money is going toward socially responsible companies and products.

But what if I told you that there is another way to be socially responsible with your investments?

The American Century Investments Difference

Back in 1958 Jim Stowers, Jr. and his wife founded American Century Investments. Jim was a cancer survivor, as is his wife. They knew the importance of quality healthcare, and knew that using their personal wealth would be the best way to ensure that medical research could continue as it is needed. Because of their dedication, they founded the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person biomedical research organization. Using their own money, the Stowers created a $2 billion endowment for the Stowers Institute.

Now here is where these two organizations overlap. The Stowers Institute is 40% owner of American Century Investments. How does that look in terms of dollars? Since the year 2000, over $1.2 billion in dividend payments has gone to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

American Century Investments provides a great place where you can invest your retirement accounts, and you can be comfortable knowing that you’re working with a firm that supports life-changing medical research.

Why Should You Care?

Every year, over half a million people in the US alone die from cancer. That comes out to roughly 1,600 every single day. These are people’s mothers and fathers, children and friends. You could write a check each month to help the institute develop research that fights this disease. Or you could take care of your financial future, and invest with a company whose controlling owner is researching ways to treat and prevent gene-based diseases. 

What Does your Investment Do?

Your investments are designed to do one thing: grow your wealth. Mutual fund companies are in business to make that happen.

Now if you could grow your wealth with one of the top fund companies in the US, and you can help make a difference in medical research, would you? That’s exactly what American Century Investments does.

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Scott Sery

Scott Sery is a native to Billings, Montana. Within an hour in nearly any direction he can be found fishing, hunting, backpacking, caving, and rock or ice climbing. With an extensive knowledge of the finance and insurance world, Scott loves to write personal finance articles. When not talking money, he enjoys passing on his knowledge of the back country, or how to live sustainably. You can learn more about Scott on his website Sery Content Development

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