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Soaking Up ESG Insights

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Hey there,

As we head into a long weekend and soak up the last days of summer, we’ve taken a break from our normal format to highlight some of our top reads, and to thank you for making us a part of your investing journey.

We started this newsletter with the goal of demystifying how to align your capital with your conscience. Concepts like ESG and impact investing have never been more popular, but we noticed few resources online for individual investors seeking guidance.

This is a gap we hope to fill as we grow, and as one of our earliest readers, we would love to know what you think about our efforts so far. Our incredibly smart group of pilot subscribers like you have been giving us feedback, and we’re hoping your insights will shape what this newsletter becomes. You can reply to this email and tell us what you want to see more of or how we can be more useful to you. More investing basics or a term you want explained in the glossary? Dislike the color green or our puns? We want to hear it all.

Below you will find some of what we’ve covered in the last nine weeks — with an update to our crypto piece. We’ll be back next week with another edition of FWIW, so if you know someone who would like to learn more about aligning their investments with their values, feel free to forward. Thanks, we appreciate you.

3 keys to maximize your impact

If you’re looking to put your money where your heart is, here’s how you get started.

FWIW’s favorite social media accounts for investing content

Are you among the extremely online? Why not expand your financial knowledge in between learning the latest dance or baking trend.

Should you care about inflation?

Prices are rising across the board. We break down what that means for the economy and you.

‘G’ is for governance

With vaccine mandates and CEO pay in the news, explore what the “G” in ESG stands for.

Finding the right prescription

What is the gender lens, and how do you apply it to your investing?

Understanding your proxy vote

So you’re invested in a company. Did you know you have a way to influence its policies?

Does crypto harm the environment?

Nothing like a good chart to summarize an issue perfectly, and we will leave you today with this one – the power consumed by Bitcoin’s network is comparable to other countries, industries, and US residential uses. (There is some hope crypto can improve, as we’re seeing with efforts to overhaul Ethereum.)

Graph comparing Bitcoin's annual electricity consumption to energy use in whole countries. Bitcoin's energy use equals the Philippines.
Source: Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index