Pondering Questions at the Intersection of Life, Career and Our Broader World

Larry Roth, CEO, Wealth Solutions Report

Let’s Pause to Mull Over Ethical Investments, the Pandemic’s Emotional Scars and Economic Outlook

To My Fellow WSR Community Members:

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet – for Auld Lang Syne

New Year’s Day always excites me intellectually. We sing “Auld Lang Syne” and ponder where we are – metaphorically, of course – not just in our careers but in our lives. 

We resolve to join a gym, to give more than money to charity, to take a cooking class – something that will invest in our lives and community holistically. 

This pandemic has been an emotional roller coaster ride.

At the same time, we think about the direction of our nation and world, how we might make a difference and, unfortunately, how we are sometimes tossed on the waves beyond our control.

Then we arrive at topics that stretch broadly across our careers, personal lives and place in the world: How do we ensure ethical investments? What has the pandemic done to us emotionally? How do we respond to the economic engines rumbling in Washington?

This Week’s Issue

In this week’s issue, we step back and think about these broad questions with you. Here’s what we have for you:

  • Are you investing in companies that allegedly support child slavery and other hair-raising abuses? In this week’s Investment Solutions & Gatekeepers section, Dennis R. Hammond, Head of Responsible Investment at Veriti Management, gives us a controversial but fascinating exposé on how easily an investor can inadvertently place funds in child labor, slavery or human trafficking and advises us how to avoid malinvestment and support human rights. 
  • From controversial to tranquil, this week’s Words in Edgewise section features the wisdom of Krishna Pendyala, Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of the ChoiceLadder Institute, advising us that we and our clients need to reflect on, recognize and grieve the toll the pandemic has taken on our personal lives, careers and sense of stability so we can heal emotionally and make clear decisions in 2022.  
  • In this week’s Beltway & Beyond section, our newly-hired Contributing Editor, Julius Buchanan, provides his thoughts on Joe Manchin scuttling the Build Back Better legislation, arguing that we should not assume the sky is falling with respect to government spending as a means of stimulating the economy, because plenty of spending is already on the way. 
It’s time to unfold new pages and start new chapters of quality coverage, insights and analysis for all of you!

Another Year of Quality and Growth

Looking ahead, I excitedly anticipate WSR delivering another year of quality coverage, insights and analysis for you. 

Keep sending us your thoughts, story ideas and questions for experts, and thanks for sharing our articles with your friends and industry colleagues!

Thanks also to those who have applied or encouraged deserving industry leaders to apply for the inaugural WSR Industry Awards.

All the best for your growth and success in 2022! 


Larry Roth, CEO

Wealth Solutions Report

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