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Timeshare Ownership is the Fabulous Getaway You’ll Never Escape

Timeshares are one of those things people love to hate. Sort of like network marketing or President Trump. Lots of bad press, but enough positive aspects and flashy hype that people keep coming back wanting more. But are they really as bad as they seem? Timeshare Ownership: The Frenemy of the Real Estate World While […]

Leonardo DiCaprio Investments

Leonardo DiCaprio Investments Stay Afloat in Spite of Choppy Waters

Success Doesn’t Mean Smooth Sailing Besides finally picking up an Oscar for his performance in “The Revenant”and being an avid environmental philanthropist, Leonardo DiCaprio’s investments, as well as his acting, have made some waves in the world of investing. While he arguably doesn’t need the extra income, DiCaprio is active in the tech investment world, […]

Can Gender Affect Your Investment Opportunities

Can Your Gender Affect Your Investment Opportunities?

Female venture capitalists are more than three times as likely to invest in companies with female CEOs, which is good news for the progression of girl power, but could be bad news for good ol’ boys clubs. While female venture partners only made up 6% of all venture capital partners from 2011 to 2013, according to a Babson study, male CEOs may be missing out on opportunities simply because they are, well, men. And, according to MarketWatch, men may soon be targeted less by entrepreneurs, in favor of female investors.

Is Your Retirement in Jeopardy?

Is your retirement in jeopardy? Possibly, if you’re not saving on pace to put yourself in a safe position in your golden years – and most American’s aren’t. In fact, “no matter how households’ needs in retirement are projected or how their incomes, assets, and debts are measured, an unacceptably large share of Americans appears at risk of being forced into a lower standard of living in retirement,” the Center for American Progress noted.

Celebrity Investing: Bono

Celebrity Investing: Bono Plans to Keep Rocking Investments ‘With or Without You’

Although you may not know who Paul David Hewson is, chances are, you’ve heard of his alter-ego, Bono – front man for the Irish rock/pop band U2. Even if you don’t particularly like his brand of music, you can’t deny that Bono has taken U2 to dizzying heights of fortune and glory (with over 150 million albums sold worldwide and 22 Grammy Awards won), but he didn’t stop there.

It's possible you don't know you're rich

Is it possible you don’t know you’re actually rich?

According to the report, “Although the global economic environment has remained challenging, total global wealth has grown to a new record, rising by USD 20.1 trillion between mid-2013 and mid-2014, an increase of 8.3%, to reach USD 263 trillion – more than twice the USD 117 trillion recorded for the year 2000. With an 11.4% year-on-year increase, wealth creation was particularly strong in North America, where it now stands at USD 91 trillion, or 34.7% of total wealth.”

Episode 19 with Diana Kander

Investing in startups is different than other types of alternative investing, with unique challenges and opportunities. In Episode 19 of Accredited Investor Markets Radio, entrepreneurial ‘it’ girl, Diana Kander, discusses what to look for on both the investment and entrepreneurial side of a start-up. Her discussion with Managing Editor, Alicia Purdy, covers how an angel investor can help or hurt a start-up, how to avoid executing a flawed plan, how to learn and move on from a failure and how identify a perfect match between investor and entrepreneur.

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The Unicorn Hunt Continues Though Most Startups Backed by Venture Capital Fail

More than three out of four venture-backed startups fail – and no one wants to talk about it, according to Harvard Business School senior lecturer Shikhar Ghosh. According to articles in the Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine, Ghosh says the statistics are even more stark, depending on one’s definition of “failure,” as 95% of VC-backed companies don’t deliver the projected return on investment.

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Can’t afford to live in NYC? You can still own a piece

There is an old expression, “the shoemaker’s children have no shoes.” Well, in a similar vein, you can now own some New York City real estate even if you don’t want to pay the price to live there. As geography-based investments continue to grow in popularity, plenty of platforms are cropping up that focus on investment opportunities in specific locations. One, CityShares, recently launched a new platform for investing in emerging neighborhoods in New York City, as reported by Digital Journal.

What’s an Limited Partner to do?

An estimated 7,500 companies in the U.S. are owned by private equity funds. More than half of these companies have seen no movement toward an exit whatsoever in the past decade. This is interesting, since, as AIMkts has explained in the past, historic PE investment horizons are shorter than that. So, what’s a PE fund to do?