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Glad to see an official Fool hanging around this place.

Any chance of getting a front page special on SRI here at the Fool?

A couple of interesting angles to explore:

1) the shear size of SRI: By 1999 the total assets in SRI funds exceeded $2 trillion. Put into the context of current market capitalisation, this would be enough to buy the top five biggest U.S. MNCs. Twice. It represents 13% of the total ($16.3 trillion) professionally managed assets in the U.S. And it is growing rapidly in both absolute and relative terms: in the two years from 1997 to 1999 assets have grown over 82% and SRI funds have moved from 9% to 13% of total professionally managed assets.

for more info see the 1999 report on SRI at

2) in the same spirit as Bill Man's Feb 24 Fool on the Hill article about Foolish mutual funds - how about highlighting the Domini Social Equity Index fund. A quick comparison to the S&P500 and the Fool's favourite Vanguard 500 Index fund makes one think this may be a Foolish play indeed.

The DSEFX is high on education, and good on enrichment, (admitedly a little bland on amusement but hey that's what we have the Fool for). And what's more foolish than trying to do a little social good with one's money. For more info:

Anyway, food for thought, might be nice to expose the SRI thing to the wider Fool Community, and the sheer size and performance of SRI deserves a headline at least once in a while.


PS: one thing that would be excellent if the Fool did run a front page article would be to include a poll on how many Fools think about social issues when deciding to invest in a company - the individual investor is not tracked by the SIF's 1999 report (there are no stats at all on this) and it'd be kinda stupid to put up a poll on the SRI message board.
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