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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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