How To Build Wealth While Staying True To Your Values – AOL

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You don’t have to compromise your values to build wealth. When invested wisely, your dollars can grow your wealth while at the same time improving the world around you. This is the concept behind impact investing, a type of investment that strives to create a positive social and environmental impact.

In this “Financially Savvy Female” column, we’re chatting with Eva Yazhari, impact investor, author of “The Good Your Money Can Do” and general manager of Beyond Capital Ventures, a women-led impact venture capital firm, about the three steps women can take to build wealth while staying true to their values.

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1. Start Early

“The most important piece is just getting into the game,” Yazhari said. “That’s what it’s about when starting early. It’s gaining access to the keys of investing.”

Once you get your feet wet with investing, you can begin to line up your money and your values. Doing so not only “feels good,” as Yazhari points out, but it also takes away some of the stigmas that we typically associate with money and wealth.

“It’s something you can talk to your community about without it being a vulgar topic or be within the realm of taboo topics that we stay away from at dinner parties,” she said. “It’s something you can teach your children — that earning money as an investor is about more than just making more money, it’s about having an impact. And that’s why I think starting early is so important because it gets women in the game.”

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2. Know Your Purpose

Once you’re ready to become a “conscious investor,” as Yazhari calls it, it’s time to really define what your values are.

“I would take a step back before getting a foot in the door,” Yazhari said. “It’s important, with any situation with investing, to know what you want to achieve, to know what your financial goals are and to know what your impact goals are. And the same goes with defining your values and knowing what areas you want to focus on. For me, it’s gender equality, it’s racial equity and it’s the climate emergency. I did a lot of deep dives and awareness building and defining what those values are.”

After you’ve figured out what you want to achieve, it’s time to decide how you will start using your money …….