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LGBT fund shut down, biblical investing soars

LGBT activists are scratching their heads following the abrupt closure of a widely followed investment fund that was focused on LGBT advocacy and invested only in the stocks of companies which demonstrated outspoken support for LGBT acceptance and approval in the workplace.

The ALPS “Workplace Equality” ETF (exchange traded fund), which traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker EQLT, was launched on February 24th, 2014 and ceased trading two weeks ago on April 26th, 2019.

During its five full years of trading, EQLT enjoyed massive global exposure, high praise from major media outlets and even above average performance over most timeframes. EQLT was praised as the golden-child of a new age of progressive values among supposedly forward-thinking businesses and investors.

But EQLT was a complete failure.

EQLT Failure

After five years, massive publicity and solid performance, EQLT only managed to attract $16.7M in assets under management by the time it was liquidated last month. A statement issued by the fund’s Board of Trustees at ALPS ETF Trust explained the reasons behind EQLT’s demise:

“The decision to close the Fund was made by the ALPS ETF Trusts Board of Trustees after consultation with ALPS Advisors, Inc., the investment adviser to the Fund. On consideration of the Funds’ inability to attract significant market interest since the Funds’ inception, its future viability as well as prospects for growth of the Funds’ assets in the foreseeable future, the Board determined that it was in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders to liquidate the Funds shares, which are listed on the NYSE ARCA. The last day of trading for the Fund is scheduled to be Friday, 26 April, 2019.”

What happened? If the media’s insistent message that the mainstream current is in support of LGBT advocacy, and that holding to the biblical definition of marriage and sexuality is, as The New York Times put it in an article on the subject, “squarely at odds with that of nearly all of corporate America”, then how is it that a fund like EQLT was a flop?

And EQLT is not the only pro-LGBT fund that is struggling. The UBS InsightShares LGBT Employment Equality ETF (ticker: PRID) was launched January 10th, 2018. PRID follows a similar investment methodology to the failed EQLT of investing in companies identified by LGBT activism powerhouse, Human Rights Coalition (HRC), as supporters of the LGBT agenda.

PRID offers an expense ratio of 0.65%, trades on the New York Stock Exchange and is managed by subadvisor Vident Investment Advisors, an affiliate of Vident Financial, which also offers their own stable of “principles based” investment funds.

More than a year later, PRID claims just a scant $2.65M in assets under management according to data sourced from Morningstar.

Biblically Responsible Investing Success

Meanwhile, support for biblically responsible investing (BRI) is skyrocketing. I recently wrote an article highlighting some examples of the explosive growth of the biblically responsible investing movement:

  • A $520M investment advisory firm making the decision to transition all of their assets into biblically responsible investing portfolios;
  • My own biblically responsible investing firm, Inspire Investing, growing from $250M in assets under management to $465M just since the start of this year;
  • The launch of two new biblically responsible investing ETFs from BRI fund company, Timothy Plan, which both have over $40M in assets in just the first week since launch;
  • Inspire Investing being nominated as a finalist for “Best Thematic ETF of the Year” award in the annual ETF.com Awards.

By the grace of God, we are seeing a massive expansion of the BRI movement across the country and around the world. Across the pond in Spain, a startup Catholic fund company named Altum Faithful has caught the European investment world’s eye and gained assets at a rapid pace. Altum has also recently released a research paper analyzing the performance of the S&P 500 compared to a biblically screened version of the S&P 500 with compelling results.

The Real Picture

Why is there such disparity between the ongoing success of the biblically responsible investing movement and the surprising failure of pro-LGBT investment funds?

I believe that the bottom line is that – contrary to popular media opinion – there are still lots of people in this world who believe in biblical values, love God and want to glorify Him in everything they do, including how they invest His money.

In fact, data from Pew Research, Economic Policy Institute and the US Census indicates that Christians control approximately two-thirds of the assets in U.S. retirement funds, a whopping $21 Trillion dollars.

As Christians we are called to love our neighbors in the LGBT community, and we should seek to be a blessing to them as ministers of Christ’s love on earth. And while I hope that most people want to support and love LGBT people, I believe that most people do not support or accept homosexuality as a moral or appropriate lifestyle choice and do not want to get involved in LGBT activism.

The success of biblically responsible investing and failure of pro-LGBT funds suggests this is the real picture.

What do you think?


Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media. Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.

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Inspire Investing Welcomes Timothy Plan ETFs To Biblically Responsible Investing Market

Press Release: Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) market expands as new Timothy Plan ETFs (exchange traded funds) join those from Inspire Investing to broaden options for Christian investors.

The Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) movement continues its rapid expansion. Demand from Christian investors desiring to align their portfolios to support biblical values has powered asset growth among fund companies and advisory firms focused on providing biblically responsible investment solutions.

Recently, Ambassador Advisors, a $520 million advisory firm serving the Christian investor market, made headlines by converting all of their assets under management to align with biblically responsible investing best practices in recognition that investors want alignment of their investments with their deeply held values and beliefs, and that sound biblical stewardship necessitates integration of biblical values into portfolio design and management.

Additionally, Inspire Investing, a global leader in the biblically responsible investing movement, has increased assets under management from $250 million to over $400 million since the beginning of the year, and was nominated as a finalist for “Best Thematic ETF of the Year” award in the annual ETF.com Awards.

Timothy Plan ETF Launch

And now that growth in demand has prompted yet another increase, this time in the supply side of the market with the launch of new biblically responsible Timothy Plan ETFs.

Timothy Plan is a long-standing leader in the BRI marketplace and offers a fully diversified suite of mutual funds all designed to support biblical values. Now they are joining fellow Christian Investment Forum member, Inspire Investing, as providers of exchange traded funds aligned with those same biblical values.

“We whole-heartedly welcome our friends at Timothy Plan into the biblically responsible ETF market,” says Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing, “The BRI movement is spreading like wildfire around the globe, and we need more high-quality, innovative, BRI solutions introduced to effectively serve this vast market and truly transform the way every Christian invests around the world for the glory of God.”

How Big Is The Christian Investment Marketplace?

The size of the Christian investment market in the United States is estimated at over $21 trillion, according to research conducted by Inspire Investing. This marketplace includes investors identified by researchers as “Evangelical”, “Catholic” and “Mainline Protestant”, and is based on data sourced from Pew Research, Economic Policy Institute and the US Census.

Notably, this number includes only retirement assets such as 401(k) and IRA accounts, indicating the actual figure could be much higher if non-retirement investment assets were included.

Using the same data set, the total US investor marketplace of retirement assets, including faith-based and non-faith-based investors, is approximately $31.4 trillion dollars in size. Data from the Investment Company Institute’s “2018 Investment Company Fact Book” pegs total US retirement assets at $28.2 trillion at the end of calendar year 2017, adding confidence that these numbers are reliably close.

“The Wall Street establishment has no idea about the size and magnitude of the Christian investor market,” added Netzly, “Most secular firms dismiss Christian investors as an obscure, irrelevant niche population. But the reality is that Christian investors control more than two-thirds of the retirement assets in the United States, and this sleeping giant is beginning to wake up to biblically responsible investing.”


Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media. Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.

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Biblically Responsible Investing Movement Exploding

The Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) movement is exploding — in a good way.

Demand from Christian investors desiring to align their portfolios to support biblical values is powering asset growth among fund companies and advisory firms focused on providing biblically responsible investment solutions.

Earlier this year, Ambassador Advisors, a $520 million advisory firm serving the Christian investor market, made headlines by converting all of their assets under management to align with biblically responsible investing best practices, recognizing that investors want alignment between their investments and their deeply held values and beliefs.

As Ambassador Advisors’ Chief Investment Officer, Christopher Coolidge, CFA®, puts it, “We believe you shouldn’t have to compromise performance to live your values. There’s more to making money than just making money. Biblically responsible investing allows Christians to apply their stewardship and the belief that all money is God’s money, not only for budgeting and giving purposes, but all the way through investing and legacy planning.”

My own firm, Inspire Investing, which is entirely dedicated to investing in the most inspiring, biblically aligned companies in the world, has increased assets under management from $250 million to over $400 million since the beginning of the year. We were also nominated as a finalist for “Best Thematic ETF of the Year” award in the annual ETF.com Awards.

God is at work in the hearts and portfolios of His people, and all glory goes to Him.

Timothy Plan ETFs Expand Biblically Responsible Investing Options

And recently that growth in demand has prompted yet another increase, this time in the supply side of the market with the launch of two new biblically responsible Timothy Plan ETFs. Timothy Plan is a long-standing leader in the BRI marketplace and offers a fully diversified suite of mutual funds all designed to support biblical values.

The new Timothy Plan ETFs are welcome additions to the growing lineup of world-class biblically responsible investment options available to Christian investors. The BRI movement is spreading like wildfire around the globe, and we need more high-quality, innovative, BRI solutions introduced to effectively serve this vast market and truly transform the way every Christian invests around the world for the glory of God.

How Big Is The Christian Investment Marketplace?

The size of the Christian investment market in the United States is estimated at over $21 trillion, according to research we have conducted at Inspire Investing. This marketplace includes investors identified by researchers as “Evangelical”, “Catholic” and “Mainline Protestant”, and is based on data sourced from Pew Research, Economic Policy Institute and the US Census.

Notably, this number includes only retirement assets such as 401(k) and IRA accounts, indicating the actual figure could be much higher if non-retirement investment assets were included.

Using the same data set, the total US investor marketplace of retirement assets, including faith-based and non-faith-based investors, is approximately $31.4 trillion dollars in size. Data from the Investment Company Institute’s “2018 Investment Company Fact Book” pegs total US retirement assets at $28.2 trillion at the end of calendar year 2017, adding confidence that these numbers are reliably close.

Sleeping Giant Awakening

The Wall Street establishment has no idea about the size and magnitude of the Christian investor market. Most secular firms dismiss Christian investors as an obscure, irrelevant niche population. But the reality is that Christian investors control more than two-thirds of the retirement assets in the United States, and this sleeping giant is waking up to biblically responsible investing.

Can you imagine the impact we Christians can have if we all just invested our money (God’s money) in alignment with biblical values?

What if we all just stood up and said, “Hey, Wall Street! We’re not going to invest in companies that manufacture abortion drugs, sell pornography, exploit child-slave labor or conduct any other blatantly immoral business practice anymore! We actually believe in the values taught in the Bible and we care about the glory of God, and we want investments that enable us to glorify our God in everything we do!”

Could our voice actually get noticed?

Bringing Down The Wall

The Bible tells the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho, and how the Lord commanded that after the Israelites had marched around the city seven times, “then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat…” (Joshua 6:5).

It’s time for all of God’s people to shout with a great shout and bring down Wall Street’s “wall” of greed, corruption and immorality and usher in a new culture of investing for the glory of God.

Will you join us?


Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media. Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.

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YouTube Blocks Christian Investing Videos

Scarlet Letters

Educational videos about how to invest according to biblical values are dangerous and deserving of censorship. At least that seems to be the opinion of YouTube, who recently cancelled the video page for Inspire Investing, without warning or any apparent basis.

Emblazoned in a bright red box across our (previous) video page on YouTube is the following message:

This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.

That’s it. No explanation, no warning, just a vague reference to YouTube’s Terms of Service.

Christians Previously Targeted By YouTube

This is not the first time YouTube has censored Christian voices on it’s platform. A quick Google search returns many such stories.

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but it seems rather odd that most of these stories follow a similar path. No warning, no explanation, and all of them related to comments about LGBT issues or Islam.

But I’m sure there is no connection. Just a coincidence.

Count It All Blessing

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Matthew 5:11).

Echoing his Savior, the apostle Peter later wrote, “12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:12-14).

No YouTube In Heaven

It should not be a surprise to us when we face adversity for heralding the name of Jesus. Even attacks as minor as this inconvenience of a cancelled YouTube channel are reminders that this world is not our friend.

And, thankfully, this world is not our home.

Our home is with Jesus, and I’m pretty sure there won’t be any YouTube in Heaven. After all, who has time to watch a video when we could be gazing into the glorious, radiant, all-satisfying face of God?

Oh, and our videos? They are doing just fine. You can binge watch all of them right here on our new video library.

Blessings,

-R


Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media. Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.

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Planned Parenthood Supporter PG&E Files Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Burn

California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, January 29th. The filing comes as a result of $30 billion dollars in wildfire liability incurred by the company as their equipment ignited at least 17 of the 21 major wildfires that roared through California state in 2017 and 2018.

Last summer, I attended PG&E’s annual shareholder meeting to challenge the executive leadership regarding their philanthropic support of abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. I shot a video on location to recap PG&E’s response.

At the time, PG&E was under intense pressure due to the wildfires which were still burning. PG&E stock had plummeted and the company had eliminated dividend payments to shareholders (many of whom were present at the meeting and expressing their concern due to their reliance on the previously substantial dividend to cover their retirement living expenses).

Given the dire straights of the stock, the mounting liabilities from the fires and the fact that the company had stopped paying dividends to shareholders, my question to the executives was would they also stop donations to Planned Parenthood?

Their answer was, “no” they would continue to donate to Planned Parenthood (despite not being able to pay their investors).

Bad Business

I did my best to point out to the executives how ridiculous that was. Never mind the despicable nature of Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, just from a financial fiduciary standpoint of acting in the best interest of shareholders it makes no sense to pay Planned Parenthood instead of a dividend.

I wasn’t surprised by their answer, however. The staunch persistence of abortion activist executives to advance the abortion issue against all reason or business sense is astounding.

And now they are filing for bankruptcy.

Stark Example

PG&E should serve as a stark example to all investors. If a company is willing to donate shareholder dollars to activist causes like Planned Parenthood, can you really trust them to make ethical, moral or just plain reasonable business decisions? Do you really want to invest money into a company run by people who would rather give the last penny to Planned Parenthood instead of elderly retirees who depend on the dividend to buy groceries?

“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
    and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
    I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen,
    have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counsel
    and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
    and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
    when distress and anguish come upon you.” (Proverbs 1:22-27)

As unfortunate as it may be, and although I would never wish such a catastrophe on anyone, PG&E executives might just deserve what’s coming to them as their careers go up in flames. But the investors left holding the bag deserve better than what these executives gave them.

Don’t Date Calamity

So, what about the companies that you own? Are there any “PG&E’s” of a different flavor lurking about in your portfolio waiting to file financial bankruptcy because of their ethically bankrupt decision making? You can find out for free at www.inspireinsight.com if you are curious.

PG&E’s date with calamity is just one more example of why I believe it is best to invest in inspiring, biblically aligned companies with a track record of ethical behavior.

What do you think?


Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media. Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.

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Robert Netzly's speech at VVS18

Reflections On My Speech To The Nation’s Conservative Leaders At Values Voter Summit 2018

LIVE FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.

Last week I had the rare opportunity to speak my mind to the the nation’s faith-based, conservative political leadership from the mainstage at the Values Voter Summit.

VVS is quite the experience. More than one-thousand attendees gathering together to advocate for biblical values in the political arena, rallying under the battle cry of “Faith, Family & Freedom”.

Among the attendees are powerhouse influencers including congressmen and women, high profile media personalities, business leaders and political activists, think tanks, rich folk and PACs. And right alongside these are an even more powerful band of everyday guys and gals who make up the grassroots network of passionate voters dedicated to upholding the righteousness of God in our great nation.

And the speakers are not exactly slouches, either. Among speakers on the day I had my time in the limelight were Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Dr. Ben Carson, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Oliver North, FOX News’ Todd Starnes, Governor Matt Bevin, Representative Mark Meadows, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, David and Jason Benham, Gary Bauer and others.

Let’s just say I was glad that I got to speak first thing in the morning before any of these other guys.

STUMPED SPEECH

So, when you have twenty minutes to say whatever you want to a room full of people like this, not to mention millions of viewers watching live at home, what do you say?

That’s a good question.

In fact, it is such a good question that I spent months trying to find the right answer. Do I talk about politics? Of course I talk about Jesus, but how much? Who are these people, really, and what are they expecting? Does it even matter what they are expecting or who they are? And of course I talk about biblically responsible investing, but from what angle?

As I ruminated, one question rose above all the rest: What does God want me to say to these people? “Must I not take care to speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?” (Numbers 23:12).

While I prayed and sought the Lord’s direction and wisdom, He put three things squarely on my heart:

  1. Proclaim my Gospel;
  2. Humble yourself and exalt me as the source of all your accomplishments;
  3. Be unwavering in your conviction about the necessity to glorify me through biblically responsible investing.

And with that, I began to find the words.

SECRET SERVICING

Having stayed up far too late the night before putting finishing touches on my speech, the time came for me to head backstage and prepare to take the mic.

Because VP Mike Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo were speaking later that day, Secret Service had the entire venue on lock down. It was actually pretty cool. I felt like I was in one of those movies you see about Presidents or whatever, except that it was real.

I even got my own Secret Service detail. How cool is that?

So, my personal Secret Service bodyguard with the tattoo shaped like a rock-n-roll finger “sign of the horns” on the back of his neck and I, met up and he escorted me past the burly looking dudes guarding the big doors heading into the behind the scenes tunnels.

We wound around corners, through concrete walled passages with lots of exposed pipes in the low ceilings, past stoic Secret Service personnel stationed every 50 feet or so. I got stopped halfway through because I had not been given a “G-pin”, which is apparently how Secret Service identifies those people who are supposed to be in the restricted area from those who are not.

We waited together in the passageway while the two agents spoke in cryptic whispers into the hidden microphones in their jacket collars until another agent came through the doors with my magic G-pin.

They instructed me to attach this little piece of metal on my lapel and cautioned me to “make sure that it doesn’t fall off”. Which was a little nerve-wrecking as the pin was rather flimsy and didn’t really have the most secure fastening mechanism.

I envisioned myself flailing my arms passionately in my speech (which I tend to do), the G-pin falling unnoticed to the ground, me returning back to the concrete maze of passageways and being tackled by a rush of Secret Service agents and dragged into custody like some unruly passenger on a United Airlines flight.

Thankfully, my G-pin remained intact and so did my face and FBI profile.

TAKING THE STAGE

Finally it was time to take the stage.

Yes, I was nervous, but not as nervous as I might have been.

Whenever I get the opportunity to speak about God’s glory, my nerves are more of excitement than of fear. That is the one topic that I have such a confidence in, that I know everyone must hear, that is worthy of all my energy and enthusiasm, that fear is replaced with anticipation something like what I expect it feels like preparing for a battle you know you will win.

My name was called, I walked to the stage and stood behind the official Presidential podium (pretty nice podium), gazed into the audience and began to speak.

That’s pretty much all I can remember, other than the glare of the lights that fogged out my glasses the entire time. I remember people clapping and engaging with the powerful stories of the impact that biblically responsible investing is having on corporations big and small.

And I remember the cheers when I announced the new inspireinsight.com web app that we are releasing to give investors unparalleled transparency into the moral issues that exist in their investment portfolios and help them to find God-glorifying alternatives that support biblical values.

My first real memory is being backstage again, finding my way (G-pin attached) through the ant-trail of Secret Service agents and back out into the normal world.

ALL FOR GOD’S GLORY

I will confess that I still haven’t watched the recording of my speech. Maybe I’ll do that tonight. But regardless, my hope is that what comes across is that “whatever you do…do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). I hope that people are not impressed with anything about me, but rather they are amazed at the “hand of my God that was upon me for good” (Nehemiah 2:18).

And I pray that whenever you have a stage to speak on, whether large or small, global, national, local or even across a coffee table, that you use it to proclaim the glory of God to the utmost. I pray that you would declare His Gospel. I pray that you humble yourself and exalt Him as the source of all your accomplishments.

Oh, that the world would “see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Shine with me, together for God’s glory throughout the world!

 

[And here’s my Values Voters speech, in case you have nothing better to do with the next 17 minutes of your life.]

 

Blessings,

-R


Robert Netzly is the CEO of Inspire Investing and frequent contributor on FOX, Bloomberg, New York Times and other major media. Read more from Robert in his #1 bestselling book Biblically Responsible Investing, available at Amazon.com and other major retailers.

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Biblically Responsible Investing: For God's Glory And Your Joy

“Biblically Responsible Investing” Book by Inspire Investing CEO Robert Netzly Ranks #1 Bestseller in Multiple Categories

Robert Netzly, CEO of biblical investing firm Inspire Investing, launches new #1 Bestselling book titled “Biblically Responsible Investing: For God’s Glory And Your Joy”.

Robert Netzly, CEO of biblical investing firm Inspire Investing and respected authority on faith-based investing, released his new book “Biblically Responsible Investing: For God’s Glory And Your Joy” last week and claimed the top spot as #1 Bestseller on Amazon for multiple major categories, including Christian Stewardship, Mutual Fund Investing, New Releases and others.

Netzly had this to say about the successful launch, “I am so humbled by the outpouring of support from Christian investors around the world who are responding to the call for biblically responsible investing and changing the way they invest for God’s glory and their joy. This is a spectacular movement of God.”

About The Book: “Biblically Responsible Investing”

Within the pages of “Biblically Responsible Investing”, Netzly describes in detail the story of how his life was turned upside down by his discovery of something called biblically responsible investing (BRI), how the Holy Spirit pierced his heart about the issue and his harrowing experience of leaving everything to follow Jesus into an uncertain future with no safety net.

Also within these pages is the story of how God is on the move in the financial industry, and the very real, very powerful biblically responsible investing movement underway. Christians across the globe are investing billions of dollars in alignment with biblical values for God’s glory and their joy. And as they do so, their hearts are being drawn nearer to the heart of God, their worship is becoming more rich, their satisfaction in Christ is becoming more complete and their lives are shining more brightly for God’s glory.

And Wall Street is being transformed.

About The Author: Robert Netzly

Robert Netzly is a frequent guest and contributor on FOX Business, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and other major media for his expertise on biblically responsible investing.

He is also the Founder and CEO of the Inspire Impact Group family of companies: Inspire Investing, a leading biblically responsible investment management firm; Christian Wealth Management, a professional membership network of Christian financial advisors dedicated to growing the BRI movement; and inspireinsight.com, a revolutionary, free investment analysis tool empowering investors with instant, unprecedented transparency into the moral issues supported by the companies in their portfolios.

For more information about Inspire Insight, please visit: www.inspireinsight.com

For more information about Christian Wealth Management, please visit: www.christianwealthmanagement.com

 

Robert Netzly, CEO - Inspire Investing, Mainstage Session Speaker at the 2018 Values Voter Summit

Biblically Responsible Investing Expert To Address Nation’s Conservative Leaders at 13th Annual Values Voter Summit

Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing, to share success stories of his firm’s major shareholder activism victories in support of conservative, biblical values.

Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing and global thought leader on the biblically responsible investing (BRI) movement, is scheduled to deliver a mainstage speech at this year’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. sharing exciting stories regarding victories in his shareholder activism work engaging major corporations to honor conservative, biblical values.

Netzly will educate conservatives about how they can get involved in creating even more change by leveraging the impressive growth of the biblically responsible investing movement in his mainstage speech titled “Glimpses of Victory” at this year’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

A variety of speakers, including Members of Congress, activists, and key thinkers and leading voices of the conservative movement, have been invited to speak at the Summit which annually draws thousands of grassroots activists from across the country.

Other speakers scheduled to share the mainstage include President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, former Rep. Dave Weldon, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Oliver North, Dr. Bill Bennett, David Daleiden, Joel Rosenberg, Dana Loesch, along with Tony Perkins, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, Dr. Paul McHugh, HHS Civil Rights Division Director Roger Severino, Activist Mommy Elizabeth Johnston, Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, Brigitte Gabriel, David and Jason Benham, George Barna, Gary Bauer among many others.

The Values Voter Summit will be held September 21-23 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Values Voter Summit is sponsored by FRC Action, American Values, AFA Action, Christian Healthcare Ministries, Inspire Investing, United In Purpose and Family Research Council. The Heritage Foundation and Patriot Voices are co-sponsors of the event.  An exhibit hall, book signings, radio row, media row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference.

Pre-registration for media credentials is required. Please contact media@frc.org to obtain credentials.

For a schedule and more information on this year’s Values Voter Summit, please visit: http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/

Inspire 5th in "Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs" - FA Mag

Inspire Investing Ranked #5 in the “Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs” by Financial Advisor Magazine

Biblically responsible investing firm Inspire Investing came in at number 5 out of the top 50 fastest growing registered investment advisory (RIA) firms in the US in Financial Advisor Magazine’s annual report.

San Jose, California, May 23, 2018 – Inspire Investing, a leading biblically responsible investing (BRI) firm, ranked number 5 in the Financial Advisor Magazine (FA) “Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs” annual report. FA’s 2018 RIA Survey and Ranking report is an annual survey that ranks firms’ based on percentage growth in assets from the previous calendar year and is the premier industry ranking of independent RIA growth.

Financial Advisor Magazine is a major publication targeted to financial professionals that aims to deliver essential market information and strategies to help advisors better serve their clients and grow their firms.

“We are incredibly thankful to our raving fans around the globe who have helped make Inspire one of the fastest growing investment firms in the nation. Our growth is a testament to the incredible momentum in the biblically responsible investing movement and the increasing numbers of investors who are making changes in their portfolios to support biblical values. Wall Street is totally unprepared for what is coming. We are just getting warmed up,” said Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing.

Inspire’s Rapid Growth And Innovative Approach

Inspire Investing made headlines across the globe last year with their innovative approach to biblically responsible investing, giving investors access to faith-based ESG investments that are low cost, index based, and aligned with biblical values. Inspire’s assets under management rose by an impressive 134% in 2017 and is currently nearing the $250-million-dollar mark. Inspire uses their proprietary Inspire Impact Score Methodology to identify the most inspiring, biblically aligned companies in the world to include in their portfolios.

“Investors are discovering that they can invest in companies they believe in, inspiring companies that are doing things like working to cure cancer, creating clean water solutions, and blessing their employees and communities they operate in, instead of companies like those that manufacture abortion drugs, violate human rights, and exploit their communities. And they don’t have to sacrifice performance to do it,” commented Netzly.

Inspiring Transformation Around The World

Inspire Investing not only invests in inspiring, impactful companies — they also strive to be one. Inspire donates 50% or more of their corporate profits to Christian ministry every year with a goal of donating $1 billion over their first 10 years. Last year alone Inspire built a clean water well for impoverished villagers in Nepal, provided relief for Syrian refugees and Hurricane Harvey victims, sent Bibles into North Korea and shared the hope of Christ with thousands of youth in America. And this year, Inspire has begun work transforming an entire village with clean water, schooling, a medical clinic, vocational training, child sponsorship and a church building in the mountains of Guatemala. With Inspire Investing, your money can help you work towards your financial goals while also making an impact in the lives of people across the globe.

For more information on Inspire Investing, please visit: www.inspireinvesting.com

For media inquiries or interview requests, contact: inspire@inspireinvesting.com

About Inspire Investing

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in the Silicon Valley of California, Inspire Investing seeks to create meaningful impact in the lives of people across the globe by providing low cost, biblically aligned investments that support Christian ministry and is a leading authority in the Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) movement. For more information, visit www.inspireinvesting.com.

Inspire Investing rings the New York Stock Exchange closing bell

Inspire Investing Surpasses $200 Million Assets Under Management

Biblically responsible investing (BRI) firm Inspire Investing breaks above $200 million in assets under management on increased buying volumes and positive performance.

San Jose, California, May 23, 2018 – Inspire Investing, the biblically responsible investing (BRI) asset manager that gained prominence last year with the launch of several new investment offerings geared toward serving faith-based investors, just passed a major milestone in the continued growth of their firm.

Positive performance and a surge in buying volumes propelled Inspire above $200 million AUM, just four months after Inspire CEO, Robert Netzly, and his team rang the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange for the second time in less than twelve months. That represents more than a 50% increase in AUM for the faith-based investing firm since the start of this year.

Inspire’s total discretionary assets under management were $207,392,054 as of market close on May 21st.

Growing Awareness For Biblically Responsible Investing

Netzly attributes his firm’s asset growth to an increased awareness among Christian investors of the opportunity to align their investments with their deeply held biblical values, as well as the low cost, index approach to biblically responsible investing that Inspire has championed.

“Christian investors are discovering that they can invest in companies they believe in, inspiring companies that are doing things like working to cure cancer, creating clean water solutions and blessing their employees and communities they operate in, instead of companies like those that manufacture abortion drugs, violate human rights, and exploit their communities. And they don’t have to sacrifice performance to do it.”

Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing.

Inspire’s Data Driven Approach To Biblically Responsible Investing

At the center of Inspire’s approach to biblically responsible investing is their proprietary Inspire Impact Score methodology. Using a wealth of environmental, social and governance (ESG) data from some of the most respected data providers in the world, Inspire analyzes companies from the bottom-up with a rules based, methodology driven process through the lens of a biblical values worldview.

The result of this objective, data-focused process is an Inspire Impact Score that ranges from -100 to +100, with scores closest to +100 representing greater alignment with biblical values. Inspire invests in those companies closest to +100 and never invests in companies with scores lower than zero in any of their strategies.

“We believe that companies more closely aligned with biblical values represent higher quality investment opportunities, and the number of our strategies outperforming their benchmarks seems to be supportive of that thesis,” says Netzly.

A brief video with more detail about the Inspire Impact Score process and criterion can be found on the company’s website at www.inspireinvesting.com.

Inspiring Transformation Around The World

Not only does Inspire Investing seek to invest in the most inspiring companies in the world, but they also aim to be one of the most inspiring companies in the world. As such, Inspire donates 50% or more of their corporate profits to Christian ministry every year. Last year alone Inspire built a clean water well for impoverished villagers in Nepal, provided relief for Syrian refugees and Hurricane Harvey victims, sent Bibles into North Korea and shared the hope of Christ with thousands of youth in America.

For more information on Inspire Investing, please visit: www.inspireinvesting.com

For media inquiries or interview requests, contact: inspire@inspireinvesting.com

About Inspire Investing

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in the Silicon Valley of California, Inspire Investing seeks to create meaningful impact in the lives of people across the globe by providing low cost, biblically aligned investments that support Christian ministry and is a leading authority in the Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) movement. For more information, visit www.inspireinvesting.com.