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.
I crunched the ratings on August 3, 2016, to see which funding portals have the best-rated deals, on average, as shown in Table 1.
NextSeed lists only debt-based securities. So the portals with the highest-rated equity-based securities, according to Stratifund ratings today, are: SeedInvest, Republic, Venture, and Wefunder. (SeedInvest’s Reg CF deals have an average rating of 3.3. while its Reg A+ deals average 2.7.)
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…
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