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Investing with Intent – Winter 2023

This newsletter, “Investing with Intent,” is distributed to clients and friends of Natural Investments, LLC (NI). NI is an investment adviser registered with the SEC.

Year-End Planning

With holidays around the corner, the end of the year is traditionally a busy time filled with family, friends, and planning for the year to come. This year, get a head start on year-end tasks to ensure your financial situation remains on track, and to position yourself for success in 2023 and beyond. ENSURE YOU’VE

Patagonia Transfers Shares to Planet Earth

Patagonia, the well-known apparel and gear company, made headlines in September when it announced that founder and owner Yvon Chouinard and his family have transferred ownership of the company, valued at around $3 billion dollars, primarily to a newly established nonprofit dubbed the Holdfast Collective. The Holdfast Collective will receive an estimated $100 million annually

Sustainability and the Name Game

Last year, my fellow NI advisor James Frazier wrote “Wall Street Wakes Up to SRI” on sustainable and responsible investments becoming a mainstream component of the financial services industry. Substantial asset flows into environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-labeled funds have prompted large conglomerates to buy up boutique socially responsible investing (SRI) companies in the SRI

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Navigating the Rise of Electric Vehicles and Demand for Critical Minerals

In the last issue of “Investing With Intent,” Brady Quirk-Garvan and James Frazier wrote about cryptocurrency for socially responsible investors. In this article, Ryan Jones-Casey articulates the myriad considerations associated with the rise in demand for electric vehicles, and the parallel rise in demand for the minerals required in current battery technology. While the mining

Investing with Intent – Summer 2022

Native Land Taxes Reclaim Rights, Power, and the Environment by Kulu Maphalala A Q&A With Financial Behaviorist Jacquette Timmons by Carrie Van Winkle, CFP® Cryptocurrency for Socially Responsible Investors by Brady Quirk-Garvan and James Frazier, CFP® Shareholder Advocacy Review – Summer 2022 by Michael Kramer Market Report – Summer 2022 by Scott Secrest, AAMS® In the

Shareholder Advocacy Review – Summer 2022

Our engagements with lawmakers this quarter focused on deforestation, climate change risk, and workers’ rights. We signed a collaborative investor letter facilitated by Domini Investments in support of the Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act, which prohibits access to U.S. markets for commodities that originate from illegally deforested land. The

Native Land Taxes Reclaim Rights, Power, and the Environment

One of the most prevalent tools of colonialism has been the removal of land and natural resources from the hands of Indigenous peoples. This has led to the cultural, social, and spiritual disenfranchisement of Indigenous peoples and, as Native methods of land stewardship vanish, wide-ranging environmental effects are harming both Native and non-Native communities.

Market Report – Summer 2022

Stock and bond markets were down sharply over the second quarter as inflation flared. During the second quarter, large-company stocks fell 16.1%, small-company stocks dropped 17.2%. Foreign stocks were down 14.5%, and even bonds lost ground, falling 4.7%. In the first half of 2020 as the pandemic took hold, the U.S. economy technically slipped into

In the News – Summer 2022

1. SBA FINALLY MEETS DEI The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2021 report showed that only 18% of early-stage business loans went to women-owned firms, 8% to Hispanic-owned businesses, and 5% to Black-owned businesses. Pre-pandemic numbers were just as bad. Last month the SBA announced additional enhancements to Section 7(a) funding that should help improve its

A Q&A With Financial Behaviorist Jacquette Timmons

Jacquette Timmons works as a financial behaviorist committed to helping people manage choices around money. She is the author of “Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate” and hosts of one of my favorite money podcasts, “More Than Money.” Jacquette is a much-loved speaker, and her work has

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