In the end, you have to live with your investments. As is often said, you need to be able to sleep at night.
I suspect we all own companies that have some problems with profits vs human suffering. It’s where we draw the line, I suppose. Apple uses a company in China that pushes their workers so hard that some try to commit suicide, for example.
I did once own MO, though they were a lot more than a tobacco company at that time. When the dividend was included, their returns were very attractive. It suited my investment goals at the time, and I sold it when it no longer did (or, more precisely, when I found a better company). I don’t smoke, and wouldn’t mind if they further restricted smoking in society (I would say “ban”, but that never works).
Rationally, yours or my investment doesn’t affect a business at all. Unless we have enough shares to sway votes.
…because I don’t want to own a company that profits from selling an addictive product that tortures and kills people.
I get that perspective. The football card analogy fails here, also. I don’t own a piece of Joe Montana (or Topps) if I have his card. From an investment perspective, that is irrational. But from a “sleep well at night”, it may be very rational.
And it really is relevant, because we’re talking about investing and all the factors that go into investing decisions. Whether it’s equity-bond ratios, or what a business does (e.g. MO).
1poorguy (long my company, V, COST, NFLX, GOOGL, CRWD, DDOG, MELI, SE, QS, CCL…getting too many, need to reduce some for better tracking…there may be skeletons in one or more of their closets)