SAN JOSE, Calif., February 20, 2018 (Newswire.com) – The biblically responsible Inspire 100 Index outperformed the behemoth US large cap benchmark S&P 500 Index during one of the most tumultuous weeks for stocks since the 2008 crash. This gives credence to the financial merits of the rapidly growing biblically responsible investing movement.
“We are very pleased with the performance of our Inspire 100 Index during this recent market shakeup. To see such reduced volatility in our index when compared with secular benchmarks is a huge win for the biblically responsible investing movement and Christian investors everywhere”
Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing.
For the date range marking the top and bottom of the recent stock market decline (Jan. 26 – Feb. 9), the S&P 500 Index fell 7.74% while the Inspire 100 Index was down only 6.94%. This represents a total 0.80% out-performance during the period for the biblically responsible index (illustrated in the chart to the left).
Not only did the Inspire 100 Index experience a smaller total decline, but it also exhibited lower overall volatility with smaller declines than the S&P 500 index on the worst down days when stocks dropped the most.
The Inspire 100 Index tracks the performance of the one-hundred most inspiring, biblically aligned large companies in the United States, as measured by their Inspire Impact Score. The Inspire 100 Index is market-cap weighted, rebalanced annually and is designed to provide a biblically responsible alternative to the S&P 500 and other large-cap US indexes.
Detailed information on the Inspire 100 Index including performance history and holdings, as well as a short video describing the Inspire Impact Score methodology, can be found at www.inspireinvesting.com.
Inspire investing made headlines across the globe last year with the debut of their innovative approach to biblically responsible investing by giving faith-based investors access to low cost, index-based investments that are aligned with biblical values. Inspire’s assets under management rose by an impressive 154% in 2017 and are currently nearing the $150-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: companies that are doing things like creating clean water solutions, curing cancer, giving generously to their communities and blessing their workforce. Inspire portfolios also pointedly avoid investing in companies involved with immoral issues such as abortion, pornography, human trafficking, LGBT activism and other areas of concern for faith-based investors.
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 provided clean water to 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.
“Our goal is to donate $1 billion dollars to Christian ministry over the next ten years,” commented Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing, “That is why we do what we do here at Inspire Investing and we are so thankful for the outpouring of support from our brothers and sisters around the world as we inspire transformation for the glory of God together.”
*Disclaimer: Investment advisory services offered through CWM Advisors, LLC dba Inspire, a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged, market cap weighted index of the 500 largest companies in the United States. You cannot invest directly in an index. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
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.