Politics and investing don't mix...
It's often tough to separate the two, though. Most folks have strong political opinions. And it's easy to drag those into your investments.
Imagine you're a green-energy activist. You might love the idea of solar energy, so you put your money to work in First Solar (FSLR) – a leader in the industry.
But if you'd bought it at the stock market bottom in 2009, you wouldn'tbe sitting on massive profits today. Instead, you'd have lost more than half of your initial investment.
Similarly, if your political interests aligned with fossil fuels, you might have invested in the coal industry. That again would have been a bad investment decision based on politics... especially if you invested anytime in the last seven years. The entire coal sector is down around 70% from the latest peak in 2011.