This webinar is a review and summary of research performed by the Christian Investment Forum.  The purpose was to investigate and analyze the performance of the broad market of Biblically responsible investing, or BRI funds in comparison to the mutual fund industry averages.  Previous research has been done by other financial industry firms, consultants, and researchers, that has shown generally positive relationships between SRI/ESG investing processes and performance.

CIF sought to understand if this same neutral/positive relationship with performance also existed within the Faith based investing market in which the CIF Member firms operate.  The BRI fund analysis of member firms mutual funds in composite was compared to industry averages for fund performance broadly within the equity and bond sectors, and also within specific mutual fund categories.

The purpose of this research was to:

  • Engage the financial community in discussions about the positive aspects of Faith Based Investing
  • Highlight the professional approach of CIF Member firms in their portfolio management and investment decision making
  • Dispel the concerns of investors and advisors that Faith Based Investing leads to underperformance
Report Summary

A link to the page with the report summary on the CIF Website – LINK

Research Paper

This pdf version of the paper is available for downloading – CIF Study on BRI Funds Performance (Spring 2015)

Chart of CIF Member Funds

This LINK provides access to a sortable chart of each of the mutual funds available from CIF Members, based on asset category or fund name.

Presenter Bio

John has developed his financial, operational and management business skills from a varied history of professional experiences.  Following his lead role in the formation and launch of the Christian Investment Forum, John became the first Executive Director in order to continue the growth strategy of the non-profit trade association.  The goal of CIF is to build awareness and credibility for faith based investing within the broader financial investment industry.  In addition to his work at the Christian Investment Forum, Mr. Siverling is also a co-founder and President of Sentiens, LLC, an early stage healthcare technology company.  He is also Managing Partner in JAS Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping companies develop and execute faith integrated business practices.

John has been a frequent speaker and panelist, including at the University of Michigan Business School, MIT Forum, UNCC Five Ventures Business Plan Competition, and Kingdom Advisors among others.  John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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