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by Brad Wajnman
Let me start out by stating the obvious…
When you write a check to a charity, you’re making a donation — you’re giving away your money. Aside from getting a tax deduction, you’re not gonna see your money again.
When you buy a stock, you’re making an investment. Sure, there’s some risk involved, but you anticipate making a profit at some point.
But… what if you could direct a portion of your portfolio toward helping impoverished individuals AND earn a return on your investment in a socially beneficial and meaningful way?
It’s a novel idea to most investors; however the eBay-owned IV (Investment Vehicle) we just added to the AIP (Alternative Investments Page) is making it possible.
It allows individual investors (in the U.S.) with small amounts of capital to purchase low-risk securities offering conservative, but above CD and money-market, returns.
The money that’s raised from the sale of these securities is invested in microfinance institutions worldwide who give micro-loans to the working poor in developing countries and the U.S. in order to start their own small businesses.
These are people in poverty looking for a hand up rather than a hand out, so they can work their way towards economic security and stability.
With this IV, you can invest as little as $20 that goes towards providing the working poor with access to small loans, savings accounts, insurance and other products that many of us take for granted.
Investments can be screened by geographic region, the number of projects funded by the investment, and cause type such as ‘rural areas’, ‘women’, ‘fair trade’ and ‘green’.
It’s a great way to help break the cycle of poverty via long-lasting opportunities instead of short-term relief, as well as compound your good will and diversify your portfolio, all without cutting into your charitable donation budget.
NOTE: The above is a preface of one of several key resources, vendors, or programs that Barry Goss and Brad Wajnman — respectively, the Wealth Vault Managing Editor and Investment Director — revealed to our paid-up members on Friday, May 11th. To get the full review of this particular investment vehicle, either login, or become a member…