Catholic Investment Strategies & Direct Indexes
What is Catholic & Socially Responsible Investing?
As investing has evolved, there are now opportunities to create investment strategies more closely aligned with personal, moral, and ethical values. Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) focuses on building portfolios and investment strategies that exclude companies that cause harm to people and the planet. Investments for SRI strategies typically undergo a screening process to analyze potential social, moral, and ethical shortcomings of a company.
Catholic investment strategies (a subset of SRI) are investments that follow the guidelines set forth by the Roman Catholic Church and the U.S. Council of Bishops (USCCB). A Catholic investment strategy is built upon six principles that lay the foundation for an investment strategy in accordance with Catholic social, moral, and ethical values.
The 6 Principles of Catholic Socially Responsible Investing
The USCCB has outlined six guidelines for investors seeking to create Catholic values-based portfolio strategies. Only companies that meet the six principles are included in the strategy. The guidelines are intended to allow investors to best align their investments with their personal religious beliefs.
For example, a typical screening for a Catholic investment strategy may exclude companies that:
- Cause Harm to the Environment
- Produce or Sell Tobacco Products
- Produce or Sell Alcohol
- Manufacture or Sell Weapons
- Use Unethical Labor Practices or Child Labor
- Contribute or Produce Products Related to Contraception or Abortion
The guidelines help to create exclusionary screens for potential investments in order to build an investment strategy purely based on Catholic values.
The Catholic Investments Screening Process
From the universe of investment securities, we identify potentially high-performing investments that fit an investor's risk profile.
Financials & Performance
Our Investment Committee analyzes the company across several dimensions, including:
- In-Class Performance
- Management Team
- Risk-Adjusted Returns (Historical)
- Correlation of Asset Movement (Beta)
Evaluate Company on
the 6 USCCB Principles
Once a company has passed the Financials & Performance screen, they are evaluated along the six USCCB Principles for social, moral, and ethical fits within a Catholic portfolio.
Once a company passes the 6 Principles screen, it is added as a possible investment within the overall investment strategy.
Ready to See What It Would Look Like?
If you are interested in seeing how a Catholic Socially Responsible Direct Index would look in your portfolio, you can use the contact form below.
An advisor will connect with you to learn more about your specific goals and objective, and will follow up with a sample direct index so you can see how it might fit in with your portfolio.