When Your Survival Guy sees major financial institutions asking how they’re doing (in the form of a questionnaire), it makes me think their complaint box overfloweth. Service is key in times like these. It’s my belief investors want their money fought for tooth and nail, not fighting political ESG and DEI wars.
Investing Mistakes to Avoid: #7 DEI DOA
Your Survival Guy puts in a solid effort to recycle his trash weekly. Rolling out the blue bin to the curb makes me feel good and a bit anxious, wondering if they can track me down for misallocated debris. But, when it comes to my money, I don’t want ESG (environmental, social, and governance) or DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) separated from the fiduciary responsibilities.
Sure, ESG and DEI might feel good and provide good copy during PowerPoint presentations. But it’s more sizzle than steak. And what about their job as fiduciaries? It’s why I look at all this ESG and DEI as dead on arrival (DOA). It’s an easy way to charge higher fees and virtue signal. Not in my portfolio, thanks.
But Your Survival Guy’s a positive guy. I look to help you through the tangled swamp to see a brighter day. My DEI, dear reader, is one I can live with: Diversification, Equities, and Income. My three most important words in today’s markets.
Because with diversification, your money is out there seeing the world (Consider Rome or Paris for your next adventure). You own pieces of businesses—an eclectic mix of companies. You’re not a one-stock meme speculator in Mom’s basement surviving on frozen pizza and chips. No, you’re enrolled in chaos theory, where lots of tiny butterflies help fund your riverboat cruise through the Amazon.
And how about your stocks or equities? You’re an owner. You have a seat at the boardroom table. You put up with the social governance director’s boring presentation. Then, while the room is still giddy, your hands calmly resting on the table, you raise a finger, clear your throat, and ask: “How much will my dividend increase be this year?”
And, of course, I want you to be an income investor. I want you to be inclusive with bonds. Because it’s the bonds, their income stream, that stirs the drink. But here’s the kicker. As a bondholder, you sit high up in the capital structure, above equity holders, which can be a nice bin to be in when the you-know-what hits the fan.
Action Line: Get some DEI you can live with. When you’re ready to talk, I’m here.
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