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Subscribing to the adage, “give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime,” Financial Poise offers its audience objective and plain English education about investing. If you are looking for recommendations on particular stocks or looking to make a quick buck trading, you came to the wrong place. Financial Poise teaches investors about the fundamentals of investing for the long term.

Sending You Kid to College

Don’t Assume You Will Send Your Kids to College: An Investment Thesis

Is a university degree a good investment? The Economist Magazine asked this question last year and while the article concludes that statistics support the proposition that a college education generally makes good financial sense, it also concludes that, “like so much else in economics, [it] boils down to supply and demand.” In other words, a college education does not always make sense from a strictly financial perspective.


Venture Capital

A Brief History of Venture Capital

The term “venture capital” is typically associated with high-risk, high-growth potential start-ups that may sink or soar depending on a number of external factors. Any investment in a start-up, however, can be called a venture capital investment, though a common hallmark of venture capital investors is that with their investment they obtain some level of influence over the company in which they invest.


strategic value of accelerators

The Strategic Value of Accelerators: How They Can Benefit the Business at any Stage

How Accelerators Can Help Your Business Grow Startups need money to, well, startup. In order to get money, fundraising is a likely path that most startups will travel. There are many different funding sources available, and the usefulness of each one varies depending on the stage of the business. Some common fundraising sources include: Founder […]


carveout guaranties

Carveout Guaranties to Non-Recourse Loans

The A to Z’s of Carveout Guaranties When utilizing a loan to acquire an investment property, there are two basic types available to the buyer: recourse and non-recourse. Regardless of the type of loan, the borrower may be asked to sign a guaranty, which can range in scope from full recourse against the borrower to […]


investing in life settlements

A Brief Overview of Investing in Life Settlements

The legality of investing in life settlements* (also referred to as a “life settlement”) traces back to a 1911 Supreme Court decision, Grigsby vs. Russell, 222 U.S. 149. In Grigsby, a life insurance company refused to pay out the death benefit proceeds on the grounds that the policy had previously been sold to a third party who had no insurable interest in the insured.


food scarcity

The Risk of Food Scarcity Creates a Need for Investment

Agriculture, as an investment sector, is in its infancy. Even though agriculture accounts for 3% of global economic activity, related public markets are still severely under-developed. In addition, the sector has recently been out-of-favor; so many investors are either ignoring or overlooking its longer-term potential.


accredited investors

Accredited Investors: Know Your Online Securities Intermediary

The market for online alternative investments has been growing at a steady pace the past few years. Issuers of private placements have realized that they have the opportunity to reach a larger number of accredited investors by using third-party internet platforms. As an investor, it is important to know what distinguishes each type of platform out there, and what to watch out for when considering an online alternative investment.


relationship between GP and LPs

Private Investment Fund Terms and Conditions: The Relationship Between GPs and LPs

Striking a Balance in the Relationship Between GPs and LPs The relationship between GPs and LPs- that is, between a “General Partner” and “Limited Partners” in the multi-trillion private equity industry is a complex symbiosis. General Partners (GPs) are the investment professionals that sponsor and manage private investment funds. They require capital to invest but […]


single-tenant v. multitenant investment properties

Advantages and Disadvantages of Single-Tenant v. Multitenant Investment Properties

Is One a Better Investment Than the Other? Some of my investors have recently expressed concern about owning single-tenant properties.  They cite the all-or-nothing risks of occupancy and renewal as the primary objections to these types of investments.  These are valid concerns. However, investing in a multitenant property also involves a degree of risk, as […]


selecting a private equity manager

Critical Considerations When Selecting a Private Equity Manager

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a similar article published on February 3, 2016. This article updates, amends and supersedes that earlier article. Nobody Said It Was Easy (Selecting a Private Equity Manager) Selecting a private equity manager with whom to invest is crucial to achieving top-tier performance in an industry where the […]


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