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David M. Freedman

About David M. Freedman

David M. Freedman has worked as a financial and legal journalist since 1978. He has served on the editorial staffs of business, trade and professional journals, most recently as senior editor of The Value Examiner (National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts). He is coauthor of Equity Crowdfunding for Investors, published in June 2015 by John Wiley & Sons. Freedman has served as moderator and panelist for several Financial Poise webinars on crowdfunding, angel investing and the JOBS Act of 2012. In addition to finance and law, Dave has written extensively about real estate, economics, social media, natural resources and woodworking. He lives in the Chicago area, and is a member of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

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Let Crowdfunding Fundamentals Be Your Guide

Knowing your crowdfunding fundamentals can help you decipher which crowds you want to “follow” with an investment and which are better left alone.

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The Potential of Hedge Fund Returns: Evaluating Risk and Reward

Hedge fund returns can be big even in a bad market, but they are often risky, alternative investments. Do the benefits of hedge funds justify the risk?

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Crowdfunded Securities: The Continuing Growth of the Secondary Market

The crowdfunded securities of yesterday were rife with illiquidity. Today, secondary markets for crowdfunded securities have emerged and continue to grow.

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Accredited Investor Installment 7: Crowdfunding Under Title III of the Jobs Act

Crowdfunding has evolved from rewards-based funding to equity crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act. Is crowdfunding for you?

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Accredited Investor Installment 6: Equity Crowdfunding Under Regulation D

Equity crowdfunding developed under Regulation D matches startups with angel investors in weeks rather than months, shortening timelines all around.

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Accredited Investor Installment 5: Crowdfunding

In the first of three parts, discover the origins of crowdfunding, which started as rewards-based funding allowing investments in projects in return for rewards.

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Legacy of 2012 JOBS Act: Deregulation of Angel Investing

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of  a similar article, published in January of 2013. To view that article, click here. The JOBS Act Makes Raising Capital Easier Than Ever Signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (or JOBS Act) made it somewhat easier, and often […]

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Equity Crowdfunding: New Options for Angel Investors (Part 2)

Thanks to equity crowdfunding, all Americans, not just the wealthy few, can invest in startups and small businesses via the internet.

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Equity Crowdfunding: New Options for Angel Investors

The JOBS Act of 2012 opened the door for crowdfunding, which allows companies to collect small contributions to finance or capitalize a popular enterprise.

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Stratifund Rates 55 Crowdfunding Investments

Stratifund currently rates fifty Title III (Regulation CF) offerings and five Title IV (Regulation A+) offerings. Both exemptions, derived from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, allow all investors, non-accredited as well as accredited, to participate. Stratifund uses a proprietary algorithm, based on five broad criteria, to rate offerings on a scale of 0 to 5.

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