A Choice You Can You Can Feel Good About Making This Year

We interrupt our regularly-scheduled programming to join the mudslinging already in progress …

The Wall Street Journal published a knee-slapper last week titled "Clinton to Criticize Trump’s Economic Plan as Self-Serving."

Well that headline must have slipped past the Department of Redundancy Department.

We are, after all, talking about a politician and a business mogul. It’s grossly redundant and trivializing to consider anything they do "self-serving."

But the charade goes on.

Donald Trump’s given us a tax plan I really don’t care to know about precisely because Hillary Clinton wants me to know about it — how it’s just another Republican giveaway to the rich, I suppose.

It probably is … even if it does throw a bone to the middle class.

But who cares.

It’s particularly fresh coming from Clinton, who seems to have adopted a personal/professional life’s mission of self-service, using the family name wherever it can earn her a buck. (You can learn about her economic plan here, if you’re so inclined to compare what the candidates are saying today.)

I can save you some time, though …

Anything that comes out of either corner is simply a repackaged plan. One that operates within a system that rewards capital owners … at the expense of laborers and debtholders.

Dithering around the edges with tax reform, welfare reform, healthcare reform, trade reform and any other reform du jour are all empty attempts to differentiate the D platform from the R platform.

Even though they both amount to We the People walking the plank.

What’s a person to do?

Well, you probably aren’t reading this for advice on how to disengage from society. If you are, then buy gold and guns.

If you’re here instead to find out how to use your money to make more money to let you do something (or nothing) at some point in the future, then consider this …

Considering your personal thoughts on the status quo, if you want to …

Now, I started this piece by railing against the self-serving status quo.

So I’d rather not point you toward ways to protect yourself from or capitalize on that. Not this week, anyway.

Instead … and since it’s hard for me to recommend investments that relocalize your community … I want to direct you to a few places that can teach, encourage and effect change in how we employ portions of our money and investment capital … so we don’t have to rely on the Clintons and Trumps, who just told us how they want to spend our money.

And to be sure, Sustainable & Responsible Investments (SRI) are not speculative investment opportunities. Nor are they substitutes for income investors who have been hung out to dry by zero-interest-rate policies (ZIRP).

These are feel-good and live-well investment opportunities that put health ahead of wealth, and return on culture ahead of return on capital.

So give this concept some thought. If it resonates, I’d be happy to explore more with you in the pages of Uncommon Wisdom Daily.

Here are those three sites and links in list form:

 Slow Money

 Investors’ Circle

 Invest with Values

To be sure, this is not nearly a comprehensive list. Nor is it necessarily the best approach.

But spending some time at those three websites will certainly open your eyes to opportunities you otherwise might have never considered.

The nicest thing about them is that, when you elect to invest in some of those opportunities, there can be more than one winner. And whether it’s from a financial or a feel-good standpoint (or both), one of them should definitely be you.

Do right,

JR Crooks

“JR” specializes in trading commodities, currencies and options. He has spent nearly 10 years analyzing financial markets and writing about global economics. JR honed his trading techniques and global-macro worldview alongside his father, Jack Crooks, at Black Swan Capital. JR also…