Taking a stand with socially responsible investing


Who says you can't do well by doing good? 

There are a wide range of socially responsible companies and funds whose business models and investment policies may match up with your beliefs. Socially responsible and sustainable investing helps you pursue your financial goals through companies that practice and promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity. That's a position we can all celebrate.
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Socially Responsible Funds

These funds utilize an investment approach that may consider both financial return and social good. A socially conscious fund may emphasize, for example, environmentally friendly companies, or firms with diverse hiring practices. This group also includes funds that avoid investing in companies perceived as causing social harm, such as those involved in the alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or defense industries.

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Fund selection criteria: The funds displayed are not a recommendation by E*TRADE Securities or its affiliates to buy, sell or hold any security, financial product or instrument nor is it an endorsement of any specific security, company, fund family, product or service. All screens display funds within the respective category and group. All mutual fund screens exclude funds not open to new investors, exclude funds that have expense ratios greater than 2% and only include NLNTF mutual funds with initial investment minimums of $5,000 or less. All ETF screens exclude exchange traded notes and leveraged ETFs. The top performing funds, based on 3 Year total return, within the various category screens are shown in the initial display along with the all the NLNTF All-Star funds of the corresponding category. All funds in the initial display are ranked by 3 Year total return.

All funds within the respective group can be seen by clicking on the hyperlinked / button section in the phrase "X of X results," "See more Mutual Funds," or "See more ETFs."

Socially responsible investment strategies may limit the types and number of investment opportunities available to an ETF and, as a result, may produce returns that underperform or diverge from other funds that do not have an SRI focus or from those of the broad market.

You can invest in the mutual funds available through E*TRADE Securities’ no-load, no-transaction fee program (NTF) without paying loads, transaction fees, or commissions. To discourage short-term trading, E*TRADE Securities will charge an Early Redemption Fee of $49.99 on redemptions or exchanges of no-load, no transaction fee funds that are held less than 90 days. Direxion (other than the commodity Trends Strategy Fund DXCTX), ProFunds, Rydex mutual funds and all money market funds will not be subject to the Early Redemption Fee. All fees and expenses as described in the fund's prospectus still apply. Please read the fund's prospectus carefully before investing.

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The Morningstar RatingTM for funds is calculated for management investment company products registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are analyzed as a single product category for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star.

The All-Star List is a quarterly list of leading funds and ETFs selected by E*TRADE Capital Management, LLC. Funds selected for the All-Star List are selected from the no-load mutual funds offered through E*TRADE Securities.

All-Star Funds typically have at least a three year track record and compare favorably against their peers based on historical return, risk, expenses, manager tenure, performance and style consistency, asset size and growth and must be 1) structured through sound investment philosophy and process, 2) implemented with acceptable level of investment risk management strategy and 3) supported by a reputable investment firm. To view the fund's Report Card with additional performance metrics, including standardized quarterly results, please click on the fund name.

Expense ratios are provided by Morningstar and are based on information obtained from the ETFs last audited financial statement. Current expense ratios for the ETFs may be different.

Yield is a measure of the fund's income distributions, as a percentage of the fund price. Morningstar calculates this figure by summing the income distributions over the trailing 12 months and dividing that by the sum of the last month's ending NAV plus any capital gains distributed over the 12-month period.

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