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Sin StocksAttitudes change and social values shift.

If you were to ask someone from the 1800’s what THEY thought sin stocks would be, it might have been the stock of a company that promoted equality of women. If you were to ask someone from Prohibition what THEY thought sin stocks would be, it might have been an alcohol distillery.

Today, we can look at our social values and consider what sin stocks of the future might be.

  • With an awareness of obesity and the diseases associated with it, any company that promotes obesity could very well be a sin stock of the future. This might include companies that promote obesity by selling unhealthy food (such as a fast food company) or this might include companies that promote obesity by selling laziness-inducing products (such as video games).
  • With an apparent increase in gun-related violence, and the frequent blame placed on video games, we might see even more emphasis placed on gaming companies that promote violent games (whether or not there is a direct correlation).
  • With a higher sensitivity to environmental issues, we might consider sin stocks to be the companies that contribute to environmental changes — including logging companies, strip miners, factories, oil drilling companies that cause spills, shipping companies whose ships run around, etc.
  • With an entire world on the edge of financial collapse, we might consider many financial institutions to be sin stocks of their toxic lending process and lack of oversight.

I’m not saying that all of these ARE going to be sin stocks. And I’m currently not including them in my sin stocks portfolio. But sin stocks will change over time and these might possibly be the sin stocks of the future.

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Nothing on this site is a recommendation because, hey, I can't read your mind and I don't know what you have in your portfolio, and I'm not a licensed financial advisor. So never EVER trade without doing your due diligence. If you want more information about this fascinating topic, please check out the Sin Stocks Disclaimer page which basically says the same thing but more emphatically.