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An Interview with bingocards

Last updated: 4/11/2007
The Fool:
Does ethics or 'socially responsible investing' have a place in your investment approach? How so? How not?
Yes and no. I tend to invest in companies for the long-run, and there are certain practices which I do not intend to support, but I also believe those practices to be mostly financially detrimental over the long run. So you could say I've never made an investing decision purely for social/ethical reasons. The idea of something like the Ave Maria Fund appeals to me on an emotional level, but the cold calculating side of me says that its really just a marketing ploy to dress up an ordinary mutual fund with a higher fee and a restriction to not invest in abortion stocks. Their performance has looked good in recent years, though.
The Fool:
Have you had a brush with fame, the proverbial '15 minutes'? Tell us about it.
I was the token conservative columnist at my school newspaper. Its a fairly decent way to get notoriety, and death threats.
The Fool:
What was the most significant discovery of the last century?
So many choices, so little space. I'd have to go with Watson and Crick, and those who came before and after them, mostly nailing down DNA. Computers/Internet/etc are nice, but they aren't going to steadily increase our lifespan nearly to the degree that our improved understanding of life itself has and will.
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