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Investor's Guide to Alternative Assets

Installment 4: Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor

Overview of the Alternative Assets Landscape [Editor’s Note:  This is the fourth installment in a series of articles dedicated to the 95% of people in the U.S. who have never invested in a startup, a venture capital fund, a private equity fund, or a hedge fund even though they are permitted to do so and […]


DarcMatter CEO Sang Lee

Catching Up With: DarcMatter CEO Sang H. Lee

We recently got to know DarcMatter – a fully transactional platform that offers transparent, institutional-level access to alternative investment opportunities, and the company’s CEO, Sang Lee. Investors can source private investment opportunities in hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, and structured debt opportunities. By using technology and designed feeder funds, DarcMatter can provide a frictionless process for both investors and private issuers while remaining fully compliant with all financial regulations.


Calling the Shots: Self-Directed IRAs Span Every Asset Class

IRAs Defined An Individual retirement account (IRA) is just that – an account where an individual, without the assistance of an employer (like a 401k requires), invests money that will grow over time. The purpose of this exercise is to provide a nest egg for retirement. An IRA can be invested in a variety of […]


When Stocks Decline, Alternative Investments May Help (Part 2)

Diversification is Almost Always a Winning Strategy As noted in “When Stocks Decline, Alternative Investments May Help (Part 1),” the impact of asset allocation on volatility and returns has been widely debated, but a landmark study from the CFA Institute found that between 1974 and 1983, diversifying among a variety of asset classes – and […]


alternative assets in a bear market

When Stocks Decline, Alternative Investments May Help (Part 1)

With Bear Market Approaching, Diversification an Attractive Option Someday you may be asked: “Where were you on March 9, 2009?” For market historians, that day marked the bottom of the Great Recession: the S&P 500 had just sunk below 700 for the first time in 13 years. Goldman Sachs warned investors that the S&P could […]


Precious Metal Investing

The 5 Do’s (and 4 Don’ts) of Precious Metals Investing

To Make a Profit, Know the Do’s and Don’ts Many people who consider themselves savvy investors have little or no direct experience with alternative investments, such as precious metals. The reasons for that are diverse and plentiful, but some of the more common are: risk aversion due to the complexity of the subject; price fluctuation; […]


The Most Popular Hobby in the World: A Look at Collecting Rare Stamps

Wealthy Still Investing In Stamps Amid Overall Slide in Value

Billionaire Philatelists Chase Trophy Specimens There’s been a dramatic divergence of fates in the world of stamp collecting when it comes to investment values. Billionaires still trophy hunt ultra-rare specimens, but most stamps have seen their values collapse due to dwindling demand. Is Investing In Stamps Now Just for the Wealthy? At the rarified end of […]


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.


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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 […]


buying farmland as an investment

Can You Get Wealthy Buying Farmland as an Investment?

America’s Rich Soil Has Growth Potential Between 2009-2014 America’s farmland values grew rapidly, according to the USDA. In 2009, the value of an acre of farmland was $2000, and by 2014, the value of increased upward of $3000 per acre. Although growth in farmland prices tapered off and then decreased in value by 2016, the […]


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