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Investing in hypocrisy? The unease of discovering a retirement plan with gun-maker stocks

Investing in hypocrisy? The unease of discovering a retirement plan with gun-maker stocks

I skim across dozens of newspaper headlines each day. This one stopped me cold.

"Retirement plan? It's likely you're investing in guns," stated the headline of a short story in the business section of Sunday's Chicago Tribune.

What? Not me, I immediately thought. If my 401(k) plan was invested in guns, of all things, I'd know it, right? I folded the newspaper in half and started reading the story.

"If you have a 401(k), you've probably invested in guns," the story states. "And if that runs counter to your ethics, there's probably not much you can do about it. Not yet, anyway."

How can this be?

"Most large investment funds...

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