Posts Tagged ‘money’

Philanthropic Investment: people and the planet

Developments in science, environmental concerns and the rise of social media have created greater awareness of human activity and the ensuing damages we effect around the world. Along with this greater understanding, comes a more responsible investor who takes specific interest in how investments may be used for the benefit of the planet.

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Does money exist

Money: does it really exist?

“Even though the number of dollars in the world are real and finite, the value we assign to those dollars is completely arbitrary. It changes all the time.” ~ Sean Edwards, author, speaker, political thinker.

So the answer to the question is a quick no, it doesn’t exist. Money is something we made up in order to create a standard value for controlling barter and trade. And without it, life would become very complicated.

If you’re a shoemaker and need clothing, then you might trade shoes with a shepherd for wool. However, if the shepherd doesn’t need shoes but dog whistles, then you have to find someone who makes dog whistles who is needing shoes – all before you can get the clothes you need.

So because trading one product for another would became cumbersome, we invented a tool of exchange which could easily represent an agreed value, and be used as an acceptable leverage for moving goods around.

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Investments: Where does the money go?

“One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.” ~ William Feather

Recently, a religious organisation discovered their money had been invested in an oil and gas exploration company. Not wishing to support the mining of fossil fuels, they sold their shares in the company concerned. When you sell, of course, someone else is buying – so while the transaction did not necessarily harm the company directly, the organisation hopefully had the satisfaction of placing their money with ventures they felt offered a greater sense of altruism and good influence.

But more intriguing than anything they felt or did, is the fact that they knew exactly where their investment had gone. And most people, unless they’re well-versed independent investors who do their own selecting, have no idea what happens to their money once it is swallowed by a ‘fund’. This includes retirement funding, policies, money markets and all financial investing options across a wide spectrum of choices. In fact, it’s often a question they never ask. They simply expect the value of their investment to naturally, hopefully, grow.

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