Sunday, December 30, 2007

End of Suffering: The Investment

If Moloch hides behind the corporate shield, then his end is near. Online trading accounts are available to anyone with $500. The Socialist dream that the people should own the means of production is at hand. We all own a piece of Moloch, or wish we did.

Companies that are in trouble because they have been evil are an attractive investment for a certain kind of person. I once knew a fellow who invested in Phillip Morris just as it was being tagged for knowingly selling addictive substances that destroyed people. I had already stopped smoking by then. He seemed a little strange.

Not everyone feels so obliged. Online investors I know today seem to delight in putting their money into companies that make the world a healthier place - Whole Foods, CostCo, and Apple Computer. Companies that deliver the future we desire.

I have had success this year - a 30% gain - with investments in two companies that relieve suffering. This is my new model - well managed companies that relieve suffering and that also have a history of continuous regular growth. This model allows a "set and forget" style of investing that frees my time.

One company is Gilead Pharmaceuticals, GILD. They make drugs that help cure AIDS and other immune system diseases.

The other is Sunpower, SPWR. They make solar power arrays that capture sunlight and put it on the power grid. Goodbye to coal, carbon dioxide, and global warming. They seem to have a future.

These are the companies that worked for me this year, helping to make my world a better place in more ways than one.

Well managed. Continuous growth. End suffering.

For the poor will always be with us.


Blogger Dan McIntyre said...

I need to say that as of this morning, I am out of Sunpower, SPWR.

Apparently there is downward pressure and investors are waiting until a bottom appears.

Solar energy still seems like the shortest path from the sun to the user, with the least damage occurring along the way. It would seem to have a future.

So I may go back in later.

12:34 PM, January 18, 2008  

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