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the Protestant MMA Praxis funds have relatively liberal worldviews and employ environmental-responsibility, social-justice, and other criteria that are similar to those used by secular offerings. The Islamic Amana and Azzad funds shun banks and other financialservices firms as well as pork producers. Green funds employ a wide range of criteria. Those that focus on companies that are involved with one particular environmentally beneficial product or service, such as PowerShares Global Wind Energy PWND, are at one end of the spectrum. Funds that invest in a diverse mix of firms that have better environmental track records than their industry peers are at the other end of the range. Funds—such as Winslow Green Growth WGGFX—that pursue specific types of companies that either provide environmental solutions or operate in environmentally responsible manners fall in between. Significant Sector Biases A Primer on SRI By Michael Herbst When First Considering SRI Funds, Keep in Mind… r funds can be found at mainstream fund companies (Neuberger Berman, Vanguard, Dreyfus) SRI in addition to SRI-only shops (Calvert, Pax, Domini, Parnassus). Mainstream SRI funds tend to be less restrictive in their social screening than those from SRI-only firms. r company’s SRI definition is different. Some even vary between funds in the same family. Each Make sure the client clearly understands the firm’s SRI principles and definitions. r firms define SRI will shape their funds’ risk profiles. Funds with stricter mandates than other How offerings, for example, might be overweight in certain sectors. Building an All-SRI Portfolio: Tempting, but Challenging r principles can make funds under- and overweight in certain sectors. SRI r “Best-in-class” approach might offer greater diversification at the cost of being less SRI pure. r pickings are slim for domestic core value. SRI r Specialty or niche funds, such as alternative energy, can be concentrated and volatile. r funds can be (but aren’t always) more expensive than comparable non-SRI funds. SRI r Client may need to cobble together varying SRI processes. SRI Funds We Like Secular Neuberger Berman Socially Responsive NBSRX Pax World Balanced PAXWX Appleseed APPLX Vanguard FTSE Social Index VFTSX Faith-Based Amana Trust Income AMANX Amana Trust Growth AMAGX LKCM Aquinas Value AQEIX Ave Maria Rising Dividend AVEDX Green Portfolio 21 PORTX Winslow Green Growth WGGFX World Stock Small Growth Large Value Large Growth Large Blend Mid Value Large Blend Moderate Allocation Mid Value Large Blend Sector biases are a fact of life for SRI funds. Primarily because of their environmental- and workforce-related criteria, secular funds tend to be light on the traditional value sectors and heavy on popular growth sectors. The typical secular large-cap fund, for example, has far more hardware exposure and far less energy exposure than the S&P 500 Index. Meanwhile, the average secular foreign large-cap offering has much more health-care exposure and much less industrial-materials exposure than the MSCI EAFE Index. And while some secular funds have more marketlike sector exposure (because of their willingness to invest in the least-problematic firms in certain industries for diversification purposes), other secular funds have extreme sector stances for one reason or another. Vanguard FTSE Social Index VFTSX, for example, has a huge financials stake along with paltry industrial-materials and energy positions and hefty hardware and health-care weightings—all because of the social criteria embedded in its underlying index. Plan of Action: When a Client Asks About SRI Reassess Motives r What SRI goals is the client looking to achieve? r a SRI fund the best way to pursue those goals? Are there other ways to make a difference? Is Assign Homework r Suggest client read up on SRI: Calvert Investments, Portfolio 21, and KLD Analytics have excellent Web sites; Socially Responsible Investing, by Amy Domini (Kaplan, 2000), and The Ecology of Commerce, by Paul Hawken (Collins Business, 1994), are also helpful. r Make sure client understands the SRI strategy and underlying risks of potential picks. Take Long-Term View r all funds, SRI funds will hit rough patches. Like r Periodically revisit client’s investing and SRI goals. Michael Herbst is a mutual fund analyst with Morningstar. MorningstarAdvisor.com 31
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009

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Contents
New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Letter from the Editor
Contributors
Is SRI a Relevant Investment Strategy?
A Head for Numbers
Building a Business on SRI
Investment Briefs
The Liquidity Premium
Navigating the SRI Patchwork
Profit and Progress
How the Fed Contributes to Crises
Holding Steady
Appleseed Adds Value to SRI Formula
Four Picks for the Present
Long-Term Investors Can Find Value among Industrials
Higher Yields, Hold the Risk
Bargains in U.S. Industrials
Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
Undervalued Stocks
Most Popular Variable Annuities
New at Morningstar
Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Morningstar Advisr - June/July 2009
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Cover2
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Contents
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 2
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 3
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 5
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 6
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Letter from the Editor
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Contributors
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 9
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Is SRI a Relevant Investment Strategy?
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 11
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - A Head for Numbers
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 13
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 14
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Building a Business on SRI
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 16
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 17
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Investment Briefs
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - The Liquidity Premium
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Navigating the SRI Patchwork
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Profit and Progress
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - How the Fed Contributes to Crises
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Holding Steady
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Appleseed Adds Value to SRI Formula
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Four Picks for the Present
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Long-Term Investors Can Find Value among Industrials
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Higher Yields, Hold the Risk
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Bargains in U.S. Industrials
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 65
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 68
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 69
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Undervalued Stocks
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - 75
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Most Popular Variable Annuities
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - New at Morningstar
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2009 - Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution
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