Faith-friendly Investments

By Elizabeth Summers / January 20, 2021 / No comments
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In this article we are talking a closer look at some stocks and mutual funds that are suitable faith friendly investments.  All stocks in this article have a corporate mission that includes Christian values.  They are good investments for anyone who wants to build a stock portfolio and earn a profit while at the same time promoting christian values.

Tyson Foods (TSN)

Tyson Foods, Inc. is the world´s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork. They are also the largest exporter of beef from the United States. Examples of food brands operated by Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries are Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Wright Brand, Ball Park, Aidells, and State Fair.

The founder of Tyson Foods proclaimed that he wanted it to be a faith-friendly company. Tyson Foods has placed part-time chaplains in 78 Tyson plants, and both Protestants, Catholics and Muslim Imams are included in this program.

In 2006, Tyson Foods invited their customers to download a prayer book from the company website. It contained prayers from several faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Native American spirituality.

Tyson Foods, Inc.

  • Traded as: NYSE: TSN (Class A)
  • TSN is a S&P500 Component
  • Industry: Food processing
  • Founded: 1935
  • Founder: John W. Tyson
  • Headquarters: Springdale, Arkanas, USA

ServiceMaster

You might not have heard about ServiceMaster, but maybe you recognize brands such as Terminix, Merry Maids, Gregory Pest Solutions, AmeriSpec, Furniture Medic, and American Home Shield?

The company was founded in 1929 by the former Minor Leage Baseball player Marion E. Wade who worked to incorporate his own strong personal faith in all he did. The company´s foundational commitment is ”To honor God in all we do”. 

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc.

  • Traded as: NYSE: SERV
  • SERV is a Russell 1000 Component
  • Industry: Service
  • Founded: 1929
  • Founder: Marion E. Wade
  • Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Alaska Air Group (ALK)

Alaska Air Group raised a few eyebrows when the begun providing notecards with verses from the Old Testament with their meals. Now, the practise has been in place for years.

JetBlue (JBLU)

The airline JetBlue was founded by the devout Mormon David Neeleman, who has cited his missionary work as inspiration for JetBlue´s excellent customer service.

Marriott International (MAR)

The founder John Willard Marriott was active in the Mormon church, and even though he died in 1985 his legacy still lives on. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are still placed in many of the hotel rooms, and pay-per-view porn is not on offer.

Investing in mutual funds instead of buying stocks directly

LKCM Aquinas Value (symbol: AQEIX)

This fund is committed to following the guidelines of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The fund holds mostly large-company stocks.

Examples of companies that are avoided are those that deal with birth control, abortion, pornography, and certain weapons.

Eventide Gilead (symbol: ETGLX)

This fund does not invest in companies that profit from alcohol, gambling or other potential addictions. While they have no outright ban against investing in large companies, they tend to lean toward midsize firms. They favor fast-growing business in biotech and technology.

Ave Maria Rising Dividends (symbol: AVEDX)

Is committed to following catholic values by avoiding companies with ties to abortion or pornography, including hotels that offers pornography in their rooms.

Ave Maria Fund (symbol: AVEFX)

This fund is committed to following Catholic values and holds a mostly fixed-income portfolio. At the time of writing, roughly 85% of the portfolio is U.S. Treasury bonds, corporate bonds with strong credit ratings or cash. The rest of the assets are dividend-paying stocks.