Biblically Responsible Investing—Massive Growth Over a Quarter of a Century
Timothy Plan Highlights Faith-Based Investing, with Over $1 Billion in Assets Under Management
ORLANDO, Fla.—Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) continues to grow exponentially, due in part to 25 years of expanded awareness and success of financial advisers who are dedicated to help investors glorify God with their financial resources.
Timothy Plan has helped investors achieve their financial goals while investing in a biblically and morally responsible manner by thoroughly researching each company to determine the actions of the firm on several levels. For instance, Timothy Plan does not invest in companies that support pornography, the abortion industry or have other agendas contrary to the teachings of Scripture, or that are actively participating in activities that have proven to be destructive to our communities-at-large.
According to Timothy Plan, a Christian Investment Forum (CIF) Financial Advisor Survey conducted among attendees at a 2017 conference sponsored by CIF indicated a sharp increase in awareness of BRI among financial advisers. Almost 90 percent of advisers felt “somewhat educated” about BRI, with 57 percent feeling “well educated.” A comparable survey in 2013 found only 33 percent felt they were “well educated.”
Respondents were also asked whether they agreed with this statement: “Faith-based Investing can meet the fiduciary requirements of their clients, and is a credible and appropriate method to invest in a professional manner.” Only 4 percent disagreed, while the vast majority—83 percent—agreed.
“This survey was encouraging, as more than 88 percent of the advisers were also ‘interested in recommending investments that align with client values,’” said Timothy Plan Art Ally. “Another 61 percent reported they were ‘very interested.’ For those who aren’t offering BRI, two-thirds are interested in learning more so they can potentially offer this to their clients who want to honor God with their investments. And the numbers back up this interest. We are blessed to report that as of this time last year, Timothy Plan had $1 billion in assets under management.”
One of these advisers who works closely with Timothy Plan is Mark Minnella, author of the new book, “The Wall Street Awakening.”
“If I call myself a Christian and I represent myself as a financial adviser, then I must acknowledge I am a Christian financial adviser, and as such, must be true to both parts—100 percent Christian and 100 percent financial adviser,” Minnella told Timothy Plan. “The good news here was that there is no conflict. Investing with biblical integrity allowed me a solution that didn’t force me, or my clients, to deny the financial needs of the physical, temporal world for the spiritual, but embraced a greater reality.”
The first of its kind, Timothy Plan is a family of mutual funds that screens its funds to ensure that no money is invested in companies that are supportive of ideals that are contrary to their biblical, moral imperative. The trend of biblically responsible investing, or BRI, is growing rapidly. In fact, last year, Timothy Plan alone reached $1 billion of assets under management.
Since 1994, Timothy Plan has existed to help advisers and investors achieve their financial goals through a pro-life, pro-family approach to investing—not only to benefit the investor but the broader culture. Timothy Plan is firmly committed to running a mutual fund company with the integrity, excellence and wisdom that brings honor and glory to Jesus Christ and is a beacon for Godly stewardship in the financial community.
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