Socially Responsible Investing? It's Complicated

It takes a lot of time to do the research to make sure a company is compatible with your values.

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Shortly after it came to light that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica collected information from tens of millions of Facebook users without their permission—and that Facebook wasn’t doing much to police such breaches—I decided it was time to sell my 100 shares in the social media company. When I bought the stock a couple of years ago, I liked the growth prospects for the company. And I had experienced firsthand the positive power of the platform. Even my 87-year-old mother has an account, which she uses to keep up with her friends and grandchildren.

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Mark Solheim
Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Mark became editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in July 2017. Prior to becoming editor, he was the Money and Living sections editor and, before that, the automotive writer. He has also been editor of Kiplinger.com as well as the magazine's managing editor, assistant managing editor and chief copy editor. Mark has also served as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association. In 1990 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Mark earned a B.A. from University of Virginia and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Mark lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, and they spend as much time as possible in their Glen Arbor, Mich., vacation home.